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The BBC's Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo

Series four of the BBC's Great British Railway Journeys television series sees its presenter, Michael Portillo, continue his travel around Britain by train, re-discovering many of the sights and locations featured in George Bradshaw's book, the Victorian Railway Guidebook. The series is popular with many of our customers, who frequently get in touch to enquire whether our tours include any of the routes and railways featured on the programme. We have therefore compiled a list of all of the Great British Railway Journeys episodes shown to date which have a corresponding GRJ tour - and these are listed on this page.

Great Continental Railway Journeys tours

Great British Railway Journeys by series

Series 1
Route Description Similar  GRJ tour
Manchester to Bury Michael Portillo learns how the railways helped to create a national institution - fish and chips Manchester Christmas Markets
Todmorden to York Michael Portillo travels back in time on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway York, Dales & Moors
Yorkshire and Northumberland
Settle to Garsdale Michael Portillo revisits the Settle-Carlisle line and explores the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct Yorkshire & Northumberland
The English Lake District
Windermere to Kendal Michael Portillo takes a Lake Windermere steamboat tour and visits Wordsworth's home town, Grasmere The English Lake District
Swindon to London Michael Portillo finds out about free holidays for the GWR workers in Swindon Bath, Somerset & the Avon Valley
Yatton to Weston Super Mare Michael samples Cheddar strawberries and visits one of the country's oldest piers Bath, Somerset & the Avon Valley
Torquay to Totnes Michael Portillo finds out about Torquay's microclimate and spends some of Totnes's local currency Torquay & the Eden Project
Truro to Penzance Michael Portillo searches for the church of St Piran and harvests oysters on the Helford River Devon & the Cornish Rivieras
St Pancras to Westminster Michael Portillo climbs up the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament to hear Big Ben chime Most of GRJ's European tours depart St Pancras International
Series 2
Route Description Similar  GRJ tour
Dereham to Cromer Michael gets the rare chance to drive a heritage diesel train Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
Llanwrst to Porthmadog Michael visits the Victorian slate capital of Blaenau Ffestiniog in the Conwy Valley Railways & Castles of Wales
Llanberis to Holyhead Michael takes the train to the top of Wales's highest peak, Mount Snowdon Railways & Castles of Wales
Durham to Grosmont Michael Portillo visits the historic Durham Cathedral and takes a Dracula tour in Whitby Yorkshire & Northumberland
York, Dales & Moors
York to Saltaire Michael Portillo takes a Turkish Bath in the famous spa town of Harrogate

Yorkshire & Northumberland
York Dales & Moors

Canterbury to Margate Michael goes whelk fishing in Whitstable Canterbury & the Railways of Kent
Dumbarton to Tyndrum Michael explores the Dumbarton shipyards that built the Cutty Sark Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands
Western Highlands & the Hebrides
Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise
Edinburgh Tattoo
Oban to Corrour Michael discovers how trains spread the word about Oban Whisky Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands
Western Highlands & the Hebrides
Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise
Edinburgh Tattoo
Roybridge to Glenfinnan Michael investigates one of the great geological mysteries of the 19th century Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands
Western Highlands & the Hebrides
Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise
Highland Adventure
The Highlands & Inner Hebrides Cruise
Lochailort to Skye Michael discovers how the railways helped train commandos at Lochailort in World War II Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands
Western Highlands & the Hebrides
Highland Adventure
The Highlands & Inner Hebrides Cruise
Series 3
Route Description Similar GRJ tour
Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Morpeth Michael Portillo discovers Berwick-Upon-Tweed before travelling via Lindisfarne down the Northumbrian coast. Yorkshire & Northumberland
Heysham to Snaefell Michael Portillo sets sail from Heysham to the Isle of Man Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
Bray to Dublin Michael Portillo explores a Victorian jail and finds out about the lions of Dublin Zoo The Enchanting Emerald Isle
Series 4
Route Description Similar GRJ tour
Welshpool to Aberystwyth Michael journeys on an authentically Victorian outing to the Welsh coast. Railways and Castles of Wales
Stirling to Invergowrie Michael takes in the Highland Games. Iceland and the Faroe Islands Cruise
Dundee to Aberdeen Michael continues his rail tour of industrial Scotland. Orkney, Shetland and the Highlands
Dufftown to Aviemore Michael learns about Victorian whisky train bandits.

Scottish Islands and Faroes

Highland Adventure

Inverness to Plockton Michael rides one of the most scenic railways in Scotland and visit the country's smallest station.

Edinburgh, Highlands and Islands

Highland Adventure

Killarney to Cobh Michael explores the charming Irish Midlands. The Enchanting Emerald Isle
Athlone to Galway Michael ends his fourth series of railway journeys in the grand Irish city of Galway. The Enchanting Emerald Isle
Series 5
Journey Episode details Similar GRJ tour
Haworth to Huddersfield Michael visits the home of the Bronte sisters in Worth Valley and Oakworth, with its heritage railway The Harrogate Flower Show
Bradshaw's Great British Railway Journeys

 

 

 

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