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Holiday ideas for UK & Ireland

Where to go and what to see

Top 5 destinations

York Minster

 

  • York
  • Edinburgh
  • Isle of Man
  • Scilly Isles
  • Dublin

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Top 5 sights

Stonehenge

 

  • Portmerion Village
  • Elien Donan Castle
  • Stonehenge
  • York Shambles
  • Conwy Castle

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Top 5 train experiences

North York Moors railway

 

  • The Ffestiniog Railway & Welsh Highland Line
  • The Jacobite Steam Train
  • The North Yorkshire Moors
  • Snaefell Mountain Railway
  • Caledonian Sleeper

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Expert opinions & guides

Snowdon Railway

Should I stay or should I go

Vacation v Staycation - With so many incredible landscapes and pieces of architecture to discover right here on your doorstep in the UK, you needn't miss out with these perfect vacation vs. staycation swaps!

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Bamburgh Castle

A five-stop guided tour of Great Britain

Re-discover your own lands - We've rounded up our favourites places in the UK to inspire you.

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West Highland Line

Top 5 Scottish Rail Journeys

The Scottish Selection - 5 scenic Scottish rail journeys worth sampling.

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Scotland in the Wild

Live life in the Slow lane and take in the natural beauty of Scotland.

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Destination information & travelling tips

Currency

Pound Sterling (GBP)

Euro (In Ireland)

Main language

English

Timezone

Greenwich Mean Time (last Sunday in October until the last Sunday in March) & British Summer Time (last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October).

Travel times

Travel from Southern England to Northern Scotland in 8 hours by train.

When to travel

We're lucky that the UK and Ireland offer something different in every season, so you're free to tailor your holiday based on your preferred activity. If nature is high on your agenda, take a trip anytime from late March to early October, when it's generally warmer and drier, and see beautiful spring flowers, stretch out on a sun-drenched beach or witness the changing leaves in autumn.

What to pack

We all know how unpredictable the British weather can be, so it's best to plan for all eventualities. Waterproofs, an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes are just as important as sun cream, cooler clothes and a pair of shades.

Local customs and cultures

On the whole, the UK is quite multi-cultural, although a strong British culture remains, and the weather will always be a topic of conversation. No staycation would be complete without a traditional afternoon tea or some fish and chips beside the sea. Just be careful you don't get caught out ordering a sandwich, who knows what you'll end up with - a Bread cake? Cob? Roll? Teacake? - make sure you brush up on the local lingo!

Things you may not know

  • The Queen owns every swan in England.
  • Scotland is home to the world's oldest golf course, which is now known as St Andrews.
  • The British accent changes approximately every 25 miles.

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Our customers love our UK & Ireland tours
Highland Adventure
29/Jun
Stephen Donnellan
5 stars
“Very nice hotel. With friendly helpful staff. The tour manager Alan, was very approachable, and always looking out for us.
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Orkney, Shetland and the Highlands
14 Oct 2019
Mr P Allen
5 stars
“An excellent tour, Sandra our tour manager was really efficient and the tour itself was very well thought out
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Western Highlands and Hebrides
03 Aug 2019
Mr P Johnson
5 stars
“Thoroughly enjoyed the round of experiences in this holiday. A bit spoilt by the weather.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Northern England's Industrial Revolution
09 Oct 2017
Prof K Dyer
5 stars
“We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It visited some very interesting locations that were well integrated. The introductions were very good, especially the one on the canal trip. The visiting academic's talk after dinner came at a rather sleepy point when most people were not at their most receptive. We were sorry not to have had more free time in both Manchester and Newcastle to extend the context of the tour.
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Yorkshire Dales and Moors
4/Jul
David
4 stars
“Gisborough Hall was a good hotel, good room and in a quiet location. enjoyed the steam train ride from Grosmont to Pickering and the shorter ride on the Wensleydale Railway. For a "Great Rail Journey" there could have been more train rides, for example a journey from Middlesborough to Whitby, which I understand is quite a scenic route.
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
3/Jul
J Wheatley
4 stars
“Good choice of places, experiences etc. Covid restrictions adhered to without affecting the trip.
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Norwich and the Norfolk Broads
2/Jul
hazel
4 stars
“As days out returned after 6pm it was rush to have dinner at 7pm.
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
2/Jul
R Brook
4 stars
“Very good itinerary in spite of Covid restrictions and the cancellation of the West Highland train journey to Oban and the ferry crossing to Bute. Both situations dealt with quite promptly. Stonefield Castle suited us very well with good food and genuine old fashioned hospitality. Wonderful position and outstanding views.
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The Outer Hebrides and The Highlands
29/Jun
Mr C J Elliott
4 stars
“The holiday was fantastic. The Tour guides were very good. WOULD have given FIVE if we had traveled on the steam train from Fort William to Mailag there was time to do this within the day. And seeing the company is renowned for great rail travel this was MOST DISAPPOINTING. Do realize this would have added to the cost of the holiday but would have gladly paid the extra.
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