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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(72 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.4 stars(114 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
9 days from
£1,495 pp
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Railways & Castles of Wales
4.4 stars(94 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.1 stars(61 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
7 days from
£895 pp
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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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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(72 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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6 days from
£695
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.4 stars(114 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
9 days from
£1,495 pp
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9 days from
£1,495
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Tresco Abbey Gardens
4.0 stars(10 reviews)
2022AprMayAugOct
8 days from
£1,795 pp
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8 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Paddington
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Railways & Castles of Wales
4.4 stars(94 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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6 days from
£695
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
4.4 stars(102 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
5 days from
£745 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
4.0 stars(74 reviews)
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
7 days from
£995 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
3.4 stars(28 reviews)
2022MayJunSep
7 days from
£1,475 pp
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£1,475
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  • DestinationScotland
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Outer Hebrides
4.1 stars(79 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
£1,495 pp
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8 days from
£1,495
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow / Glasgow, Edinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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4 days from
£635
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  • DestinationScotland
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.1 stars(61 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
7 days from
£895 pp
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7 days from
£895
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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A Scottish Christmas
2021Dec
7 days from
£1,295 pp
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7 days from
£1,295
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
4.4 stars(24 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
5 days from
£945 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Our customers love our UK & Ireland tours
Valleys and Railways of Mid Wales
18/Oct
Penelope Jenings
5 stars
“Fantastic trip. Thank you GRJ !!
Collected by Trustpilot
Norwich and the Norfolk Broads
15/Oct
Mrs Collins
5 stars
“Excellent holiday our manager Charles was a fountain of local history, news and stories.
Collected by Trustpilot
Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise
14/Oct
customer
5 stars
“Excellent relaxing holiday.
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Scottish Highlands Cruise
12/Oct
Judy
5 stars
“An excellent and rel;axinng holiday. It was a pity that poor weather did npot allow for the full itinerary to be followed. The scenery around the inner isles was obstructed by low cloud which was disapointing.
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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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Orkney, Shetland and the Highlands
Oct 14 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
Aug 03 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
Oct 09 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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Highland Adventure
19/Oct
Diane
4 stars
“Beautiful Hotel, Very nice Tour Manager. The first day of the holiday was wonderful and left us very excited for the following two days, but the second day was slightly disappointing in that we had a Scotrail Deisel train rather than a "Great Steam Train Rail H=Journey of The Highlands" and were back at Inverness station by about 4:15pm. The third day was the drive to Aviemore by coach followed by a steam train ride on the Strathspey line. Scenery was nice but all in all quite disappointing, an extremely short train ride with a ten minute stop at Boat of Garten station, then another ten minute stop at the end of the line. We had been told this was the Glen Bogle Village, and most people seemed to think we would see the castle, but it was just a platform with a sign saying Glenbogle! That afternoon we were deposited back at the Hotel by 3:15pm, which was really the end of the Great Rail Journeys holiday as all that was left was to have dinner in the hotel and breamkfast the following morning and that was that. We were not expecting miracles, considering restrictions over the past year, but really this was only a three day holiday and NOT a five day one as advertised. We did still enjoy the trip as we were with friends, but it is doubtful that we would book another holiday with Great Rail Journeys. The Jacobite Express was really the only decent rail journey of the whole trip. Sorry.....
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