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Although complaining about the state of the railways seems to be a popular English pastime, in truth the country has an efficient and modern inter-city and regional rail network. This enables holidaymakers to explore England's beautiful landscapes and historic towns and cities, from countryside to coast, in comfort and ease.

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.

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
4.7 stars(491 reviews)
2024AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£745 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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Tresco Abbey Gardens
4.4 stars(88 reviews)
2024AprMayJunJulAugSep
9 days from
£2,195 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Paddington
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
4.1 stars(117 reviews)
2024AprMayJulAugSepOct
5 days from
£795 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
4.1 stars(72 reviews)
2024MayJunOct
5 days from
£595 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsPaignton
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Fermain Bay Guernsey
4.6 stars(39 reviews)
2024AprMayJunJulSepOct
7 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsSOU Southampton
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  • TransportFlight, Coach
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.1 stars(159 reviews)
2024AprMayJunJulAug...
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£1,095 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate / York
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Castle Howard
4.0 stars(33 reviews)
2024AprMayJunAugSepOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsGuisborough
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£1,395
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North Yorkshire Moors
Rail Discoveries
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Rail Discoveries
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Our customers love our England tours
Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
13 Nov 2023
Peter
5 stars
“We really enjoyed the Isle of Man and our tour manager was great especially when my wife had a fall and had to go to the local Hospital.
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The Charms of the Channel Islands
11 Oct 2023
Miss H Kosiba
5 stars
“A gentle holiday with a lovely small group 21 of like minded people on two beautiful islands.
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The Sensational Isles of Scilly
06 Oct 2023
Helen Mallett
5 stars
“This was such a well organised, we'll thought out trip. The travel was fun, the hotel perfect in every way, our tour guide was helpful without being intrusive and the excursions allowed you to do your own thing or go with the guided group. Everything combined to make this a perfect, relaxing getaway. Strongly recommended.
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
20 Nov 2023
J Hoard
4 stars
“Excellent guide. Bit too much coach travel but maybe that was to avoid rail strike problems. Would recommend it.
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South Devon, Dartmouth, and The English Riviera
31 Oct 2023
Margaret Watson
4 stars
“GREAT HOLIDAY HOTEL AND GUIDE EXCELLANT BUT A MAP TO ENABLE US TO FIND HOTEL WOULD HAVE BEEN HELPFUL AND SEATS ON INWARD JOURNEY WAS BADLY CHOSEN WE WERE 6 HOURS ON TRAIN AND NO WINDOW . HOMEWARD BOUND WAS DREADFUL BUT NOTHING ANYONE COULD DO ABOUT FLOODS AND TRAINS STOPPED. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS HOLIDAY.
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Norwich, Sandringham and the Norfolk Broads
17 Oct 2023
J Inman
4 stars
“Well organised, hotel and meals good, Railway journeys as anticipated
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Yorkshire Dales and Moors
12 Oct 2023
Hilary Stracey
4 stars
“The rearrangement of the itinerary was not ideal. It would have been much better to go to Malton on the last day, as planned. This would have enabled us to buy fresh produce.
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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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