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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
Small Group
4.6 stars(72 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£675 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
Small Group
3.9 stars(31 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022MayJunAugSepOct
5 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
Small Group
3.9 stars(29 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
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£995 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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8 days from
£1,945
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Paddington
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Grand Tour of the UK
Small Group
4.6 stars(5 reviews)
2021Sep
2022MaySep
12 days from
£2,445 pp
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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Yorkshire at Christmas
4.1 stars(7 reviews)
2021Dec
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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Yorkshire at New Year
2021Dec
7 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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Castle Howard
Small Group
4.6 stars(7 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022MayJunJulSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsGuisborough
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Waterloo, SOU Southampton / SOU Southampton, London Waterloo
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  • DestinationEngland
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
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Our customers love our England tours
Yorkshire and Northumberland
3/Jul
Mr Leslie Halls
5 stars
“Great experience, well organised, not to rushed and ample free time. All in all a great experience and exceeded my expectations. In theses troubled times that we are living in I thought the organisation during the whole tour was simply the best
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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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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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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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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
21/Jun
Mrs Frances Pullan
4 stars
“Because of Covid restrictions service was limited in the dining room. Otherwise hotel was fine Also it would have been useful to have a little more background info on the outings and specific features to look out for.
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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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Grand Tour of the UK
Oct 05 2018
Mrs L Janse
4 stars
“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.
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Yorkshire at Christmas
29 Jan 2018
Miss A Halford
4 stars
“Good value, very comfortable hotel with helpful staff. The trips were varied & much enjoyed. One member of the group was repeating the same trip having done it the year before. Our leader was very attentive and we formed into a friendly cohesive group.
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The Harrogate Flower Show
05 Oct 2017
Mrs L Godson
4 stars
“It was an excelkent holiday. The only reason for 4 rather than 5 stars was because of one or two reservations about the hotel.
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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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