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England has a rich and proud heritage, dating back thousands of years. London, the capital city, boasts some spectacular sights, including iconic Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and the brooding and imposing Tower of London. Travelling out of the hustle and bustle of London, you see some more of what truly makes England great.

From ancient Stonehenge and Viking York, to the wild, desolate beauty of the Yorkshire Moors and the colourful houses and sandy beaches of the Cornish coast, there is a lot to see and do, much of it accessible from the comfort of England's fantastic railway network.

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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(72 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
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Tresco Abbey Gardens
4.0 stars(10 reviews)
2022AprMayAugOct
8 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Paddington
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.1 stars(62 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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Grand Tour of the UK
4.5 stars(6 reviews)
2022MaySep
12 days from
£2,295 pp
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
4.0 stars(62 reviews)
2022MayJunAugSepOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
3.9 stars(36 reviews)
2022MayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
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Fermain Bay Guernsey
4.4 stars(9 reviews)
2022MayJunJulSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsSOU Southampton / SOU Southampton, London Waterloo
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Yorkshire at Christmas
4.1 stars(7 reviews)
2021Dec
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  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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Our customers love our England tours
South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
20/Oct
Steffanie Procter
5 stars
“A very pleasant tour manager . Nice hotel in need of an upgrade Trips well thought out Not rushed
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
20/Oct
PETER Ramsbottom
5 stars
“Great mix of railways, gardens and castles.
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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.,
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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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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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Norwich and the Norfolk Broads
21/Oct
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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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Grand Tour of the UK
1/Oct
Leslie Blake
4 stars
“The tour was good with excellent local guides, the tour manager Peter Scott had to deal with a number of setbacks very successfully including the Sunday train strike in Scotland and arranging for alternative transport. The only drawback was only staying in hotels for one night and moving on to the next phase, this proved to be quite tiring.
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Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly
15/Sep
Derek May
4 stars
“The holiday was very good even though the weather wasn't the best with most days damp and misty in the mornings although the rain didn't last. Tresco was enough to make the holiday and it would be fascinating to visit again and again at different times of the year. The only downside to the whole holiday was the trip home as we were rushed at the restaurant in Penzance and had to take our sweet with us on to the train. The sleeper back was very uncomfortable [noisy and not just the train and shaking quite badly at times] and I would have preferred to stay another night and get the train the following morning. All in all, the Scilly Isles are well worth visiting.
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
16 Oct 2019
Mrs M James
4 stars
“Enjoyed the whole holiday especially the steam train and the trip to the top of the hill although the electric railway was a bit noisy and uncomfortable .The hotel was good with very good food. The coach driver was one of the best ever, a mine of information and an expert in motor bike racing. I wish I could have seen a Manx cat but I didn’t have enough time.
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Travelling in England with Great Rail Journeys

Great Rail Journeys offers customers a range of exciting, enjoyable and memorable rail holidays in England. Whether marvelling at the breath-taking scenery of the Lake District, discovering the beautiful landscapes and charming villages of Yorkshire, or sampling the coastal highlights of the English Riviera in Devon and Cornwall, every itinerary we create is designed to offer the most enjoyable experiences at the best value for money.

All transport, quality accommodation, an itinerary of entertaining excursions and activities and, depending upon the tour, selected meals are included in the cost of our rail tours of England. Our customers also benefit from the services of an experienced, friendly and knowledgeable Tour Manager who will provide assistance, answer questions and ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment from your trip.

We hand-pick our overnight accommodation, ensuring that it is conveniently located and offers the high standards of comfort, service, quality and value that our customers expect. Often these will be family-owned or run establishments which offer customers a more personal service and relaxed environment.

Traveller's Guide to England

England manages to cram an incredible historical, cultural and natural legacy into a compact geographical space. Diverse and cosmopolitan, England has something to surprise and delight everyone. London, the capital city, is the country's political and economic hub, home to the Queen and Royal Family and offers a wealth of historic and modern attractions, famous landmarks, museums, galleries and world-class shopping and dining opportunities. England's other great cities - including Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Bath, York and Newcastle - are similarly compelling.

Rural England, meanwhile, is renowned for the natural beauty of locations such as the Lake District, Salisbury Plain, Dorset's Jurassic Coast and Derbyshire's Peak District. England's unique and entertaining coastal resorts, many of them established in Victorian times, are equally unmissable in summer.

English Culture and Cuisine

The English are slightly reserved by nature and their social culture rests upon politeness, good manners and a sense of fair play. Mentioning anything about the weather is a good way to spark a conversation, but the English also have an excellent sense of humour. Despite strong competition from coffee, tea remains the national drink and popular English dishes include fish and chips, roast dinners, meat pies - particularly steak and kidney, and sausages and mashed potato (a.k.a. 'bangers and mash'). A thoroughly multi-racial society means that England has wholeheartedly embraced international cuisine, with Indian, Chinese and Asian food enjoying particular popularity. England is renowned for its beer which is deeply-rooted in the country's culture and history and is available in many different styles and strengths.

England's Climate

England enjoys a temperate climate, which means that summers are generally warm, winters mild and extreme temperatures rare. Rainfall can and does occur at any time of year in England although autumn is typically the wettest season. Generally the south of the country enjoys slightly more warmth and sunshine than the north, but the English are philosophical about the weather and rarely let it spoil their enjoyment of outdoor activities.

England's Heritage Trains

In addition to its national rail network, England also boasts a collection of around seventy heritage railways. Located throughout the country, typically in areas of historic interest or outstanding natural beauty, our guided tours on England's heritage railways recreate a golden era of train travel and offer an unforgettable railway experience.

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