The land of kings & queens, beer & pubs, fish & chips, and cricket & football (and tennis), the United Kingdom is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This European sovereign state made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is famous for its dry sense of humour and Harry Potter, amongst other things.
With so many places on the bucket list, travellers yearning for some old-world British charm often choose to explore the UK by train. Why, you ask? Because in the age of airplanes, there’s something thrilling about taking a train journey. You can reminisce about the good old days of high tea while sipping coffee, read books or listen to music sitting by the window and enjoy the stunning views of the countryside.
Do you belong to the rare creed of travellers who find the idea of trains exhilarating? If yes, then here are some tips to explore the great United Kingdom. First things first, book your tickets. The availability of affordable train tickets in the UK is an added bonus for smart travellers who buy rail passes. Globetrotters would agree that one can save a lot of money by purchasing rail passes like International Rail’s BritRail flexi and consecutive passes to fulfil inter and intra city travel needs.
The prices differ with age, validity and coach class. For children (5-15 years), the passes are free. Therefore, adults travelling with children can save a huge amount of money, unlike air travel. Similarly, senior citizens (60+) can make use of concessional rates and live the dream of travelling everywhere.
If you plan to spend 7 to 10 days in England, add Cornwall, Lake District, and the Highlands for their natural beauty, Coastal Brighton and Blackpool for amusement parks, Manchester and Liverpool for their culture, Edinburgh to view regal castles and Stratford-upon-Avon if you wish to visit the birthplace of the legendary Bard, William Shakespeare.
If you want to see Britain’s stunning landscapes, then a train journey from Glasgow to Mallaig is for you. It is regarded as one of the UK’s most scenic railway journeys with picture postcard views and adventurous climbs over the Clyde River.
Visit International Rail to start your British excursion!
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