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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
Valleys and Railways of Mid Wales
20/Oct
Lin Martin
5 stars
“Lovely places to visit and great views. Hotel accommodation and food both good. Excellent coach facilities and driver. The steam trains were a real treat!
Collected by Trustpilot
The Charms of the Channel Islands
20/Oct
Lucille Ralph
5 stars
“Fantastic holiday, stunning scenery on the islands. Hotels in Guernsey and Jersey were delightful. Tours were very interesting. A superb holiday which I would highly recommend.,
Collected by Trustpilot
Yorkshire Dales and Moors
23/Sep
Charles
5 stars
“The Yorkshire moors and dales trip was a joy from beginning to end
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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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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
22/Oct
Valbee
4 stars
“Your host Helene went above and beyond her remit, and is to be commended. Stonefield Castle hotel is lovely, if suffering staff shortages. A couple of younger servers somewhat surly, but mainly excellent - even turning out the jolly cleaner to serve dinner one night! The very knowledgable barman also had to serve at table, and did so graciously. It is in a beautiful location, rooms are good and public areas stylish and well appointed. Rather more coach travel instead of train than we had hoped for, and the hotel’s location a bit far from any of our objectives, but we certainly got around and both driver and coach high-grade. The main let-down was the school dinners style food at Hotel Indigo in Glasgow, where I feel we were victims of a long ago pegged price. We stayed an extra night, and felt the breakfast fare improved immediately our tour group moved on. But its location and the rooms were really good, so it’s a tricky call to remedy : they had only reopened four weeks previously, and some of the serving staff seemed poorly suited to their role, though most were trying hard and pleasant. The service improved at our second breakfast, when a restaurant manager appeared. The range of visits was good, Mount Stuart excellent - aided by the sublime Jim’s infectious enthusiasm and depth of knowledge.
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Norwich and the Norfolk Broads
21/Oct
12
4 stars
“We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, the hotel including the food, the guides the coach driver just brilliant. Our two disappointments were the trip on the Norfolk Broads and Sandringham due to the closures of the Church, walled garden, museum etc.
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Dublin and The Enchanting Emerald Isle
20/Oct
M Anderson
4 stars
“Had only been to Dublin before so enjoyed seeing and visiting some of the interesting places Ireland has to offer.
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