Days Out by Rail

There's nothing quite like exploring Britain by rail, seeing spectacular views from the window, going on wonderful walks, uncovering hidden gems and using the journey to spend quality time with family, friends or quiet time alone. Not only that but it's also one of the greenest ways to travel so you're helping the environment too.

You'll find suggestions below on how to explore Britain by train for wonderful walks, spectacular views, interesting stations, and family adventures. There are plenty of ideas to inspire your future adventures whether you choose a day out, short break or longer stay!

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Wonderful walks

Whether you're seeking a challenging hike, family-friendly ramble, historic trail or relaxing coastal path, there are so many wonderful walks that are easy to reach from railway stations across Britain. Find inspiring ideas in our 'wonderful walks by train' blog below.


Spectacular views

When you take the train it's not all about how quickly you can get from a to b, the journey itself can be part of a delighful day out, short break or longer stay. We've highlighted some well-known (and some lesser-known) rail journeys that boast spectacular views from the train window.


Fascinating Stations

Railway stations are often overlooked as you journey through them. However, if you pause to look, you may find some stations can be worth exploring a little further. From cosy bookshops and tasty tea rooms to inspiring art spaces and fascinating heritage centres, there's lots to discover whether or not you're taking the train.


Family adventures

Could your family do with a break from the norm, a change of scene, something... different? Why not venture out together to experience scenic nature, discover new places and create memories that will endure long after the kids have grown up? Find inspiring ideas for family days out in the link below.


Family and train at platform

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.

Download here

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