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UK Short Breaks by Escorted Rail

With so many ideal holiday destinations on your doorstep, the United Kingdom is a fantastic place for a short break by rail. After all, the British Isles are packed with exciting towns and cities, a wealth of outstanding scenery and a rich cultural heritage. From the Cornish coast to the Shetland Islands, and from the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Man and the Norfolk Broads, our UK short breaks are filled with places you "always wanted to visit" but never got around to.

Whether you'd like a brief getaway in the old-world city of Canterbury, or would prefer a short break amongst the rugged mountains of the Lake District, all of our UK short breaks all begin in towns and cities that are easily accessible by rail. So, you can leave the car behind and let the train take the strain, meaning that your holiday begins at your local station.

We explore every corner of the British Isles on our UK short breaks, and each individual place is filled with local myths, legends and attractions for you to explore. Naturally the included excursions differ according to the region visited, but they all give a wonderful insight into the area and cover the most famous sights - whether this is the magnificent York Minster, the fantastic castles along the North Wales coastline or the impressive SS Great Britain in Bristol Harbour.

Of course, our UK short breaks also all include some fantastic railway journeys. As well as some of the world's most scenic routes such as the West Highland Line, on our UK short breaks we also feature a number of classic heritage railways. We are proud to support these lines, most of which use restored steam engines and vintage rolling stock - allowing you to take a nostalgic trip back in time to relive the bygone age of the railway. Often these lines pass through some magnificent scenery and connect idyllic countryside villages along the way, which we take the time to visit.

Our UK short breaks by rail are simple, stress-free holidays, which represent superb value for money. With such a comprehensive and varied range of tours to choose from, you are bound to be drawn to our collection of UK short breaks by rail.

If you want to learn more about the stunning railways of the UK, discover Coastal Railways with Julie Walters. More information can be found here.

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Yorkshire Christmas Markets

Based in the spa town of Harrogate, experience the Christmas Market in York, enjoy a vintage steam rail journey with a festive theme and visit the historic house of Castle Howard in its full Christmas glory.

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5 days from £425 pp

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South Devon & The Dawlish Coast

Experience the English Riviera at its very best aboard two heritage railways, a river cruise and a journey along the Dawlish Coast by rail. Torquay provides the perfect base, set among seven green hills and famous for its grand Victorian villas and terraces gazing out to sea.

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5 days from £495 pp

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The Harrogate Flower Show

On this horticulture-themed tour, we spend a day at the fabulous Harrogate Flower Show, travel across the North York Moors to Whitby by heritage steam railway and visit RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

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6 days from £545 pp

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Cornwall Spring Flower Show

Usher in the spring season on this colourful flower-filled tour. From our beautiful woodland base in St Austell, we visit the Cornwall Flower Show, see the famous Eden Project and Heligan, and explore the Cornish countryside by heritage train.

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5 days from £595 pp

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Festive Bath

Elegant Bath awaits on this wonderful Christmas break. Indulge in a delicious Christmas Lunch, explore the SS Great Britain, and enjoy a journey aboard the heritage Dean Forest Railway on a holiday that is focused on festive fun and food.

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4 days from £595 pp

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Enchanting Autumn Colours of the Highlands

Become bewitched by the sparkling beauty of Scotland, on a trip that will enthrall the eyes in the wilds of this wonderful country. From your base in Pitlochry, discover some of the Highland's most wonderful scenes and castles, on a delightful adventure that showcases the best of the country in the autumn season.

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6 days from £695 pp

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