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England is a wonderful destination with a wealth of attractions and scenery to explore. Discover the nation from a new perspective on a Great Rail Journeys UK tour.

Rail Tours in England

Explore a green and pleasant land by train

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
(96 reviews)
2020AprMayJunJulAugSep
6 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Grand Tour of the UK
(6 reviews)
2020MaySep
14 days from
£2,695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
(31 reviews)
2020AprMayJunAugSep
7 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate / York
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Coastal Cornwall & Lost Gardens
(5 reviews)
2020MaySep
6 days from
£975 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsCornwall
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
(17 reviews)
2020MayJunAugSep
5 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
(8 reviews)
2020MayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
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The Harrogate Flower Show
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2020Apr
6 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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Tresco Abbey Gardens
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2020AprMayAug
8 days from
£1,795 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsPenzance
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsLondon
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Alnwick Gardens  & Castle
2019Dec
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Fermain Bay Guernsey
2020JunJulSep
9 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Waterloo, SOU Southampton / SOU Southampton
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Castle Howard
2020MayJunJulSep
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  • Starts / EndsGuisborough
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Coastal Cornwall & its Captivating Gardens
Mr A Gander
“Excellent weather helped spending time in such a superb location, with excellent tours around the Cornwall countryside.
Northern England, The Faroe Islands & Iceland
Anonymous
“We both thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Hotels were great, Linden especially, excellent room and food if a little pricey for drinks but we expected that in a hotel. The Ship was fine but not our personal favourite. Iceland did not disappoint, the sea was calm for the North Atlantic and the weather was sun if a little chilly.
South Devon & The Dawlish Coast
Mr C Lee
“Well organised,great value hotel.
Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly
Anonymous
“Well organised, with adequate free time
Grand Tour of the UK
Mrs L Janse
“There was just a little too much UK in 14 days. I looked forward to visitng Glasgow, but arriving n the evenimg and departing the next mornng diddn't give much time to do that.
Norwich & The Norfolk Broads
Mr A Pilbeam
“We were well satisfied with the holiday, the only snags were that we could have used more time at Sandringham and some people found the stairs at the hotel a problem
The Harrogate Flower Show
Anonymous
“Well organised. Good company.
Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
Mrs M James
“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.
Yorkshire & Northumberland
Mrs. M. Pusey
“Problems with rail travel on several occasions; cancelled and late trains and Great Rail did not book seats on the travel from home to Leeds

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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