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Although complaining about the state of the railroads 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 colorful 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 railroad network.

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Grand Tour of the UK
(6 reviews)
2020MaySep
14 days from
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
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Vintage Railroads of the Isle of Man
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2020AprMayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
(31 reviews)
2020AprMayJunAugSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate / York
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Coastal Cornwall & Lost Gardens
(5 reviews)
2020MaySep
6 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsCornwall
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
(17 reviews)
2020MayJunAugSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railroad
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2020MayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
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The Harrogate Flower Show
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2020Apr
6 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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Tresco Abbey Gardens
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2020AprMayAug
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsPenzance
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsLondon
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Fermain Bay Guernsey
2020JunJulSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Waterloo
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Castle Howard
2020MayJunJulSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsGuisborough
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Eden Project
2020Apr
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  • Starts / EndsCornwall
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Coastal Cornwall & its Captivating Gardens
Mr A Gander
“Excellent weather helped spending time in such a superb location, with excellent tours around the Cornwall countryside.
Northern England, The Faroe Islands & Iceland
Anonymous
“We both thoroughly enjoyed the vacation. Hotels were great, Linden especially, excellent room and food if a little pricey for drinks but we expected that in a hotel. The Ship was fine but not our personal favourite. Iceland did not disappoint, the sea was calm for the North Atlantic and the weather was sun if a little chilly.
South Devon & The Dawlish Coast
Mr C Lee
“Well organised,great value hotel.
Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly
Anonymous
“Well organised, with adequate free time
Grand Tour of the UK
Mrs L Janse
“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.
Norwich & The Norfolk Broads
Mr A Pilbeam
“We were well satisfied with the vacation, the only snags were that we could have used more time at Sandringham and some people found the stairs at the hotel a problem
The Harrogate Flower Show
Anonymous
“Well organised. Good company.
Vintage Railroads of the Isle of Man
Mrs M James
“Enjoyed the whole vacation especially the steam train and the trip to the top of the hill although the electric railroad 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.
Yorkshire & Northumberland
Mrs. M. Pusey
“Problems with rail travel on several occasions; cancelled and late trains and Great Rail did not book seats on the travel from home to Leeds

England's Heritage Trains

English Culture

Thanks to its long history, England is a country of rich traditions, literature and music. One of its most famous exports is music, with bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who flying the flag.

England also boasts of some of the best-known authors in the world, being the country of the famous Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare, Victorian authors Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters, and the author of the 'Harry Potter' series J. K. Rowling. On our 'Yorkshire & Northumberland' tour, you are able to see the parsonage where Anne, Emily, and Charlotte Brontë grew up, and visit Whitby Abbey, that was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'.

English Trains

England's railroad system is one of the longest running in the world, and it came about as a result of the Industrial revolution that started 18th century. Thanks to the steam engine, something that had been originally invented in in the 1712 by English inventor Thomas Newcomen, traveling by rail became popular as this method of transport was faster, easier and cheaper than traveling by horse power. Rail travel was also cheap, meaning the lower classes could use it to get to the industrial centres of England to find work.

England continues to use rail travel extensively to this day, and although many modern and updated lines run with diesel hauled carriages, the country still boasts a collection of around seventy heritage railroads still using steam engines to travel across some of the most beautiful areas in the country. One of these outstanding journeys is the Settle to Carlisle Railroad, which passes over the Ribblehead Viaduct at the base of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. 

English Cuisine

England draws food inspiration from all over the world. You could go traditional, and enjoy a cosy pub lunch of roast beef and Yorkshire puddings or stroll along the beach eating hot fish and chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. Alternatively, you could enjoy a delicious Indian or Thai curry.

Complement your meal with some locally brewed beer. England is renowned for its rich variety of beers and ales, deeply rooted in the country's culture and history.

Afternoon tea is a light repast, usually eaten in the late afternoon, and consists of sandwiches, light cream cakes, and, of course, England's national drink, tea. One of the most famous places in England for this is Bettys tea rooms, which can be found in the elegant Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate.

England’s Climate

The old joke goes that the only weather in England is rain, but this is not strictly true. England enjoys a temperate climate; the summers are generally warm and the winters are fairly mild. Be that as it may, it does rain a lot in England, so be prepared for wet weather - the people in England don't let the rain slow them down though, with many events becoming famous for the show going on despite the downpours. 

Traveler’s notes

Each region of England has its own peculiarities and local customs; one area where this is particularly distinct is in regional dishes. For example parmesan chicken, which is a street food adaptation of the Italian pollo parmigiana, is a favourite in a small area of North Yorkshire but even as little as fifty miles away is unheard of.

Tipping in England isn't mandatory, but it is appreciated. The standard tip in England can be between 10% and 15%, but if eating with a large group of people, the tip is sometimes added with the bill.

The accents in England are broad and varied, and can change dramatically within very few miles. There are around 30 distinct accents in England, that range from Cockney in London, to Geordie in the North East, and every accent comes with a different colloquial vocabulary.

England is a fairly reserved country, and the 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, if very particular, sense of humor.

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