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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(321 reviews)
2022Oct
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(349 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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Railways & Castles of Wales
4.4 stars(277 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.2 stars(116 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
7 days from
£995 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(321 reviews)
2022Oct
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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6 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
4.3 stars(152 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
5 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(349 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
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Railways & Castles of Wales
4.4 stars(277 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.2 stars(116 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
7 days from
£995 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Giants Causeway
3.0 stars(6 reviews)
2023MayJulSepOct
13 days from
£2,895 pp
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  • DestinationIreland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh / Dublin
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Rheilfford Talyllyn Railway
4.2 stars(109 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
5 days from
£595 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • AccommodationHotel
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Fountains Abbey
2022Dec
7 days from
£1,095 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • AccommodationHotel
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The Enchanting Emerald Isle
4.1 stars(32 reviews)
2023MayJunSep
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationIreland
  • Starts / EndsDublin
  • AccommodationHotel
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
4.0 stars(81 reviews)
2023AprMayJunAugSepOct
5 days from
£745 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • AccommodationHotel
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
4.0 stars(53 reviews)
2023AprMayJunOct
5 days from
£595 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
  • AccommodationHotel
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Yorkshire at Christmas
2022Dec
7 days from
£1,394 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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Our customers love our UK & Ireland tours
Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
4/Oct
D Phillips
5 stars
“Wonderful scenery,wonderful guides, wonderful hotels, wonderful people.
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4/Oct
A Phillips
5 stars
“Everything was as the guidebook promised.everywhere people were friendly and helpful.
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Highland Adventure
3/Oct
Terry and Jo Lee
5 stars
“Great trip. Well organised and well managed
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Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
3/Oct
The Methodist Church Vale Of Stour Circuit
5 stars
“A very interesting and busy holiday. The local guides were excellent. Enjoyed it very much
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Dublin and The Enchanting Emerald Isle
29/Sep
Louisa
5 stars
“I thought the journey was excellent and good value. I loved all the travel and activities. The hotels were good on the whole and the food provided was better than I had expected I did not take either photos or videos so cannot answer the next question.
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Valleys and Railways of Mid Wales
28/Sep
Ken
5 stars
“I've already reviewed this holiday, thank you
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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
28/Sep
Mr J L Ackroyd
5 stars
“Very well organised tour, plenty of variety and pleasant company
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Edinburgh, Glencoe and Isle of Skye
23/Sep
M Jenkins
5 stars
“We saw a lot of the area in the time we were there. The steam train was great fun, travelling through places that would be hard to access by other means and the sleeper was an experience not to be missed. David was a fantastic guide who was very knowledgable and looked after everyone on the tour. Great tour, great accommodation and would recommend.
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The Charms of the Channel Islands
23/Sep
Wilma
5 stars
“Really enjoyed both islands, super holiday
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