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Exploring by train

Take the train for a country ramble, a day in the city or an epic railway adventure.

The train is the ultimate day-off transport. Instead of staring at the road ahead, you can gaze at the view or browse on the wi-fi. Enjoy a coffee, a book or a snooze. And you’re helping to cut traffic and pollution while you ride.

We’ll help you cut the cost too, with top tips for finding cheap rail tickets and discounts at attractions when you arrive by train. It’s the best way to explore the UK – from London it’s 3 hours to Snowdonia National Park and 5 hours to Edinburgh Castle.

  1. Holidays by train

    The UK boasts some of the most scenic railway journeys in the world, from the beautiful branch lines of Cornwall to Scotland’s epic Welsh Highland Line (as seen in Harry Potter!).

    You’ll find loads of ideas for car-free adventures on Good Journey, from famous cities to secret rural retreats. Whet your appetite with our e-book of Scenic rail and bus journeys of Britain – free with our newsletter, below. And for more inspiration visit Scenic Rail Britain.

    If you know your travel plans, you can save money by booking Advance Tickets. If you’d like to spend a few days exploring a particular part of the country, a Rail Rover ticket can be great value. Or if you’re planning to travel all round Britain for a week or two, consider an All Line Rover or BritRail Pass (overseas visitors only).

    If you’d rather someone else took care of the timetables and the tickets, check out organised rail holidays from companies like Railtrail and Ffestiniog Travel.