If you’re thinking of booking one of Britain’s best British rail and train holidays, we’ve done all the hard work for you. We have found 10 of best British rail and train holidays you can book today to enjoy when we come out of lockdown.
Best Scottish train holidays
Great Rail Journeys’ ‘Explore the Highlands of Scotland’ rail tour; 9 days from £1,395.
Guests on this tour will enjoy train trips from Edinburgh across the Highlands visiting lochs and historic castles on the way. The holiday includes two journeys on the West Highland Line, including one aboard the iconic Jacobite Steam Train. So get on board fast.
Railbookers’ ‘Edinburgh and Glasgow trip’; 8 days from £899.
Travelling north from London on the Caledonian Sleeper, you will journey to Fort William.Take a trip on this great British rail holiday and you will enjoy a memorable trip on the scenic Jacobite Steam Train and explore the historic cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow before heading back to London.
Planet Rail’s ‘Belmond Royal Scotsman Western Scenic Wonders; four days from £4,095
Treat yourself and someone special to a bucket list rail journey on the West Highland Line, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. The five-star Belmond Royal Scotsman passes glens, lochs and mountains and off the train you’ll get to visit deserted Scottish beaches and houses like the spectacular, gothic Mount Stuart House.
All the food and drink for the duration of your train holiday is included in your ticket price. So you’ll be treated to some of the best Scottish fare and whiskies. And if you book today and you’ll save £450 per person on the usual fare.
The Best British train holidays in England
Great Rail Journeys’ ‘Yorkshire – God’s Own County’ tour; 5 days from £695.
Trip Advisor has named the Yorkshire Dales as the best national park in the whole of Europe so now’s the time to visit and enjoy all the charms of the Yorkshire moors from the comfort of a 19th-century mansion house hotel. And you’ll get to sample some fantastic local food and travel on heritage train journeys aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the Wensleydale Railway.
Tailor Made Rail’s ‘Highlights of Devon and Cornwall; 10 days from £799
Take the train to Devon and enjoy a relaxing holiday in Devon and Cornwall including a trip on the South Devon Steam Railway, a boat cruise from Dartmouth to Totnes, plus visits to Looe, Falmouth and Penzance.
Belmond’s ‘The Golden Age of Travel’ journey; 1 day from £340
Enjoy the fabulous five-star luxury of the legendary British Pullman train. On board this round-trip around Kent from London Victoria, you’ll enjoy a champagne reception, sumptuous five-course lunch, half a bottle of wine per person plus coffee, tea and petit fours. So, sit back, enjoy the food, fabulous views and of course all the glamour of the train itself.
Northern Belle’s ‘Historic Roman Baths’ tour; 1 day, from £370
Departing from Liverpool, Warrington or Crewe, you’ll enjoy a memorable day out a vintage Northern Belle train to historic Bath. On the journey there you’ll get to enjoy brunch, then take a tour around the world-famous Roman Baths. On the journey back you will be treated to an onboard champagne reception, followed by a delicious five-star dinner, served with complimentary wine.
Railtrail’s ‘Lake District & Cumbrian Mountains Explorer; 6 days, from £799
Enjoy some great rail journeys on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and Settle & Carlisle Line, as well as a trip to Brief Encounter’s famous station Carnforth on this trip to the Lake District and the Cumbrian Mountains.
The Best British train holidays in Wales
Ffestiniog Travel’s ‘Wales from North to South’; 13 days, from £2,158
On this mega journey through Wales, you’ll get to enjoy rides on many of the country’s great trains including the Snowdon Mountain Railway, Welsh Highland Railway, Ffestiniog Railway and Bala Lake Railway. On the escorted trip you’ll get to explore some of Wales’ most interesting castles, Powis, Caerphilly and Cardiff, explore mysterious Portmeirion and climb to the top of Snowdon by train.
Great Rail Journeys’ ‘Railways and Castles of Wales’ tour; 6 days from £645.
On this great British rail holiday you’ll enjoy visits to Caernarfon Castle and UNESCO-listed Conwy Castle. You will also get to enjoy a ‘Taste of Wales’ dinner in a two AA Rosette-rated restaurant. Plus, guests on this trip will travel on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, Welsh Highland Railway through Snowdonia National Park, and the world-famous Ffestiniog Railway.