Starting and finishing point
Want to start our rail tour somewhere else? Not a problem. Just let us know and we will book you connecting train tickets to London, and get you back home at the end of the tour. Additional fees will apply.
Day 1 - London
Our tour starts in London. “When someone is tired of London, they are tired of life,” to paraphrase Samuel Johnson, because London has a life’s worth of things to do and see. Most of the famous museums, such as the Tate Modern, the National Gallery or the National History Museum, are free to enter. Travel from one side of London to the other on the oldest underground railway network in the world. You will be staying in a hotel in the centre of the city near the train station.
Day 2 - Bath
The city of Bath gets its name from the Roman spa that was built here in the 1st Century AD. It has remained a popular destination throughout the centuries, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance. After visiting the baths, you might like to explore some of the beautiful parks the city has to offer, or perhaps take the Jane Austen walk—a free audio walking tour of the city, named after one of its famous former inhabitants. Overnight stay in the city centre, just around the corner from the Roman baths.
If you would like to expand your tour, we recommend taking a daytrip to nearby Salisbury and the iconic Stonehenge. You can add this to your tour in the booking form.
Day 3 - Lake District & Windermere
In the morning you will take a connecting train service north towards the Lake District. Anyone who has visited England will tell you it is one of the most beautiful areas the country has to offer, and its lakes, forests and mountains have inspired some of the most famous Romantic poets in England. You will arrive at Windermere lake in the afternoon, and stay in the likewise named village of Windermere. Overnight stay in the beautiful Manor House Hotel on the lake.
Day 4 - Edinburgh
It is a two hour train ride to Edinburgh, with plenty to see out the window. Arrival in Scotland’s capital just after noon. If you like hiking, the Pentland Hills are in easy reach of the city. The city itself provides plenty to do though. The Old and New Town are both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, for their preserved medieval and Georgian architecture. You will be staying in a hotel close to the train station and in between Calton Hill and Edinburgh Castle.
Day 5 - York
Today you will follow the plot of Braveheart down to the city of York, a place that has remained inhabited since it was a Roman fort in the 1st Century AD. After a visit to the British Railway Museum, take the time to wander through the narrow alleyways of the old town, and perhaps duck into one of the many tearooms for a "cuppa" tea. Overnight stay just outside the old city walls and a short walk from the Minster.
Day 6 - Return to London
Take a direct train back down to London, King’s Cross station.