A totally underrated, but widely depended-upon mode of transport is the trusty train (and as you know, we here at Snaptrip like a romantic railway or two). For those out there who find themselves car-less, the train is the next best option, and for those who can’t stand sitting idly in traffic, the train is THE best option. Depending on the situation, you can even sleep through the journey! Whatever your reason for choosing the train to whisk you off on your short break, we here at Snaptrip have rustled up a list of the UK’s most delightful destinations to reach via the tracks. Fire up the trainline.com, and get planning today!
Why go? For tartan-wearing, bag-piping playing displays of pride, culture and history.
Station: Edinburgh Waverely
From London Kings Cross: 4hrs 45 direct train with Virgin East Coast Trains
From Manchester Piccadilly: 3hrs 21 direct train with Transpennine Express
Why go? For quaint tearooms, gorgeous canals and a much needed respite from the 9 to 5.
From London Paddington: 1hr 30 direct train with Great Western Railway
From Birmingham New Street: 2hrs (including one change) with Cross Country/Great Western Railway
Why go? For spectacular coastline, salty sea-air, bucket and spade fun, world-class seafood and amazing attractions.
From London Paddington: 4h 30 direct train with Great Western Railway
Why go? For jaw-dropping waterfalls, mystical woodlands, underground caves and totally climb-able mountains.
From Manchester Piccadilly: 2h 40 direct train with Arriva Trains Wales
Why go? For first class fish and chips, gothic attractions, stunning seaside strolls and friendly locals.
From Manchester Piccadilly: 4hrs (including one change) with Transpennine Express/Northern
(On all major routes – from Leeds, Manchester, etc – you are required to change at Middlesborough)
Why go? For the infamous ponies, theme park-fun, lush forests and woodland, plus a fantastic beach!
From London Waterloo: 1hr 30 direct train with South West Trains
From Birmingham New Street: 2hr 55 direct train with Crosscountry
Why go? For the sweet Kendal Mint Cake, bustling lakeside shopping scene, outdoorsy attractions and evening cruises!
Station: Oxenholme Lake District
From Manchester Piccadilly: 1hr 14 direct train with Transpennine Express
From London Euston: 2hr 40 direct train with Virgin West Coast