Days Out by Rail

There's nothing quite like exploring Britain by rail and it's even better when you bring the family along. Whether you decide to play travel games, enjoy a packed lunch, play I spy from the window or just spend the time catching up, taking the train can be so much more than just a journey. Not only that but it's also one of the greenest ways to travel, especially when combined with walking, cycling and buses, so you're helping the environment too.

We've shared tips below on how to have a low-cost railway-themed day out, ideas for things to do with the grandkids as well as highlighting some of Britain's fascinating hidden gems off the beaten track, all accessible by train.

There's so much to do you'll be sure to find inspiration for many future Days Out by Rail, you may even need to extend your visit! Be sure to follow us on our social channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok) and sign up to our eNewsletter below for more delightful days out and short break ideas.

Family waving at train, before going on days out by rail

Top 5 reasons why you should take a family trip by train

Whether you're window gazing, playing travel games or just catching up, taking the train is great when you bring the family along.

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Free railway-themed days out for families

We understand the price of train tickets may be out of some families' budgets right now, so we've come up with suggestions on how to have a delightful day out without needing a train ticket.

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A grand day out with the grandkids

Spend time gazing out of the window, play travel games and enjoy quality time together when you take the grandkids on an adventure by train. We've got some delightful days out by rail suggestions for all the family to enjoy.

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Uncover Britain's hidden gems by train

Escape the crowds, make new memories and discover new places with the family. We've highlighted some of these lesser-known hidden gems, read more below.

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Grandparents day out with the grandkids, taking a trip by train

Popular attractions you can easily visit by train

We've shared a few popular attractions that are easy to reach by train so you can ditch the car and make more of the journey on a greener day out with the family.

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Family Halloween fun by train

Spooky season is here! We've rounded up some fun Halloween things to do from our community rail friends across Britain.

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Railway-themed family activity pack - free to download

Whether you're heading off on a day out by train with the family or are looking for some railway-themed fun at home, you can be sure the kids will love our railway-themed activity pack.

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Download days out by rail activity sheets for children to enjoy
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Send a postcard

Choose from a variety of different scenic rail postcards and email them to a friend. Take a look here...

Days Out by Rail - Scenic Rail Britain