Bottom of a steam train on the tracks

All Aboard: Train Tripping through the UK

The United Kingdom is a beautiful place full of culture, history and rolling hills. It’s a country just begging to be explored. But how do you get about, especially if you don’t have a car? Thankfully, our blog title isn’t just for show. The UK really is ‘united’ by a never-ending, inter-connected rail network. So if you’re looking to go train tripping through the UK this year, we might be able to help give you a few ideas.

On Track To Train Tripping Through The UK

With over 2,000 railway stations in the UK (making it the fifth most used railway network on the planet), the British Railway system also happens to be the oldest Railway Network in the entire world. The Stockton and Darlington Railway opened in 1825, the first locomotive-pulled railway for public use. This means train tripping through the UK is not only viable; it’s one of the most authentic ways of exploring the country.

A network of rail tracks

Rail Tours – A Classic


Rail Tours are widely regarded as excellent value for money. And as the best-known method of exploring the country by train, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience. UK Railtours are ‘Britain’s favourite Rail Tour Operator’. They start a number of their tours around London, and then venture further afield on unusual tracks to hidden gems, seaside resorts or quiet trips around the country. They give passengers a chance to soak up the sights. And travellers can even take a trip in a genuine steam train! Offering a choice of seats, a train-bound dining experience and a wealth of sights, why not enrich your year by starting it on tour?

Rail Roving – A Hidden Treat


Rail roving is somewhat of a mystery to many. If you fancy train tripping through the UK, then rail roving is without a doubt a hidden delight. So few people really acknowledge that it exists as a service. Even writing about it now, we expect you’re probably asking yourself what it’s all about.

Rail roving allows you to purchase a ticket that lasts a set number of days. But unlike other rail passes, it allows unlimited travel on any number of stations in a designated area. If you’re looking to book hotels in advance, then this is probably the exploration method for you. And the best part of rail roving? It’s cheap. Making it the perfect way to explore Scotland’s secret history with the Spirit of Scotland Travelpass 4 in 8 Days. For only £149, it covers a number of Caledonian MacBrayne ferries, along with a handful of bus services for four days in an eight-day period. Which means it’s perfect for the well-planned traveller with an eye for adventure.

Man walking away on rail tracks
To sum up, whether you’re looking to get away for the New Year, or excited to spend some time with the family on a train in the New Year, you’re spoilt for choice. Make this year the year of train tripping through the UK and take in the sights, sounds and history around you. However you travel, make sure you try some train tracks on your visit.

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