Top 10 Memorable Train Trips from London

Trains and the UK go hand in hand, with some of the earliest rail networks in the world to be found there. Whether you want to take a traditional journey on a steam engine, speed away to another city for the afternoon or just enjoy the wonderful UK countryside, there is a train journey out there for everyone. Here is a rundown of the best journeys to make from London.


Cumbrian Mountain Express

Cumbrian Mountain Express

1. Dorset Coast Express

Travel from London to Weymouth by traditional steam train, with The Railway Touring Company. There are regular journeys throughout the summer but booking is essential.

2. Cumbrian Mountain Express

The Railway Touring Company also offer a trip on a steam train from Euston and recreating a traditional steam tour of the Carlisle to Settle line. With breathtaking views and a sense of nostalgia, train lovers will delight in this popular day trip.

3. Oxford to Hereford

Take a short train ride from Euston to Oxford then enjoy a scenic train ride on a cross country train journey. Enjoy a relaxing day out on either side of your journey, visiting famous universities and immersing yourself in Harry Potter land.

UK Steam Train

UK Steam Train

4. St Erth to St Ives

Probably the shortest train ride you will take on your UK stay but definitely the most quaint. With dramatic coastal views and plenty of beaches to amaze at, this 17 minute ride is sure to please one and all. Spend time in St Ives exploring the wonderful art that it has to offer.

5. Bath

Only a 90 minute trip from London, you can make the most of a first class ticket on a First Great Western so you can travel in style. When in Bath, extend your pamper session with a luxury Roman Bath to prepare you for your walk around this UNESCO heritage site.

6. Cardiff

Jump onboard a First Great Western train from the capital to Wales, where you can enjoy a day trip to its many castles, markets and Roman ruins. With just over a 2 hour journey each way, you can have a fun packed day out.

UK Tour by Train

UK Tour by Train

7. Liverpool

Take a quick 2 hour journey for a day trip to the home of LFC, The Beatles, Scouse and two magnificent cathedrals. All aboard the magical mystery tour!

8. York

Home to The National Railway Museum, York is a must see for train enthusiasts. Take a journey on a high speed train then search for nostalgic train journeys via The Railway Touring Company.

9. Edinburgh

Take a high speed rail journey on the East Coast train and enjoy wonderful scenery right up to the top of England and into Scotland. If you are staying in Scotland, make the most of their impressive rail network, with Fort William to Mallaig a particular highlight.

10. Eurostar

You may see more of a Tunnel than picturesque views, but there is no beating this train journey for super quick journey to Paris, for a day trip or short break. Ooh la la!

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