Historical Britain Tour

6-day tour of England + Edinburgh
  • Enjoy British hospitality and beautiful landscapes.
  • London, Bath, Lake District, Edinburgh, York.
  • Lakeside manor houses and Roman settlements.

Our Historical Britain rail tour will take you to all four corners of England and Edinburgh too, showing you some must-see locations. Overnight stays in cosy British hotels and relatively short travel times allow for a very comfortable experience. Check out the Extras tab for add-ons to this tour. This tour starts and ends in London.

Day to day


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.

It is possible to add train tickets to London to your booking. Additional fees will apply.

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. A taxi from the train station is recommended.

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 Allermuir Hill will provide you an excellent view of Edinburgh, while further in there are some beautiful ridges to explore. 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. Between the end of July and early September, Edinburgh offers a string of different festivals. The most famous of which is undoubtedly the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for performing arts.

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. The York Minster, which is built on top of the remains of the Roman settlement, definitely stands out. 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".

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.

It is possible to add connecting train tickets to your final destination or an overnight stay in London to your booking. Additional fees will apply.

More info


Would you like to receive more information and details of this rail tour? Please send us an email: info@railtravelshop.com.

Included


  • Train pass for all journeys that are part of the tour.
  • Seat reservations when necessary.
  • 5 overnight stays: a 2 person room with shower + toilet, breakfast included.
  • Day-to-day itinerary.

Extensions


Extend your trip with additional nights in any of the towns
  • London from € p.p.p.n.
  • Bath from € p.p.p.n.
  • Windermere from € p.p.p.n.
  • Edinburgh from € p.p.p.n.
  • York from € p.p.p.n.
  • Overnight stays in other cities (which are not part of the tour) before, after or during the rail tour can be added as well

Surcharges


  • An upgrade to 1st class train travel is possible for € p.p.

UK Citizens


Our Scotland Rail Tours are made using Spirit of Scotland passes, which allow travellers to travel freely on trains, buses and ferries in Scotland. Unfortunately, these are not available for UK residents. We are still able to create our Scotland tours for UK residents by booking most transport in advance. However, tickets for certain ferries and buses included in the tour will have to be purchased on location. Please contact us for more information or an exact quote.

Departure


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Additional nights and add-ons

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Extras

Extras

High Adventure Tour (day trip)

High Adventure Tour (March 28th and October 31 2020): a day trip by minibus through the Lake District. Travel over the Hardknott Pass (the steepest pass in England), and travel on with the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. You will pass Wastwater, the deepest lake in England, and visit an owl farm at Muncaster Castle. Via the Coniston Fells and Coniston Water you will return to Windermere. €57 p.p.

Lunch and snacks are not included. Around lunchtime, you will stop at a Lakeland pub where you can eat some English pub food.

€57 pp

Day return to Stonehenge including train ticket and entrance fee

Excursion to Stonehenge from Bath. You travel by morning train from Bath to Salisbury and from Salisbury by direct bus connection to Stonehenge (goes every hour). At Stonehenge, you can use the special Priority entrance. After visiting Stonehenge and the Visitor Centre, you can travel back to Salisbury and Bath at any time you like (connections go every hour). A visit to the Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral is also possibly (entrance fee not included).

€ 75 p.p.