England tour by train

“Tour England’s treasures by train on this 13-day trip, and enjoy family-run guesthouses and pub lunches along the way.”


York | Haydon Bridge | Hadrian's Wall | Lake District | Chester | Bath | The Cotswolds

Description of England tour by train

This tour of England uses the country’s reliable rail network to get between some of its best cities. The scenic route includes Hadrian’s Wall in wild Northumberland, the beautiful shores of the Lake District and the pretty Cotswolds – the rolling hills around Bath.

This is a wonderful way to see England’s most beloved regional sites. Sit back as your train rumbles through green, pleasant countryside in the day. There are no overnight trains – instead, you can get comfy staying in historic hotels and guest houses.

You’ll spend your days exploring the wonderful historic cities of York, Chester and Bath – whose historic streets contain Roman ruins, medieval buildings, cathedrals and cobbles. The famous English countryside is within easy reach – and it doesn’t get more famous than the Lake District, where you’ll be able to spend a day admiring the villages and hillsides around Ullswater from a pretty steamer vessel, channelling the poets of the English Romantic movement.

This trip includes local guides, tours and transfers - and can be adapted to suit your requirements.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We are continually increasing our range of public transport holidays for those who want to leave the car behind. We grapple with the timetables of trains, boats and buses, and fill-in the gaps with short taxi transfers to make this possible in the more remote areas. Not having a car in-tow can transform your experience – exploring on foot and by bike helps you to properly engage with the environment and experience the place at a more appropriate, slower pace.

We actively encourage our customers to try local produce – and provide recommendations for the best places to visit to do this. An example on this trip is the historic Kings Arms in York - trying local produce and engaging with local purveyors is a focus on the trip.

The accommodation providers we select share this commitment – many have kitchen gardens growing their own herbs, salad and vegetables, and some even have chickens roaming in the grounds to provide eggs for breakfast. Dinner menus focus on local specialities.

We predominantly market our holidays via the internet. We produce a small quantity of compact brochures each year for past customers and enquirers. If we do have any left over, we ensure these are recycled.

The Impacts of this Trip

For us, true sustainability means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life in remote, often rural locations, where the economic benefit from tourism can make a genuine difference. That’s why we work almost exclusively with local, family-run businesses, not with large corporate organisations.

On this trip, guests will stay in locally run B&B's in Haydon Bridge and York, where they are also given a pass which encourages them to explore many of the local museums and galleries.

We build close and lasting relationships with our business partners, based on mutual trust and an unerring commitment to customer satisfaction. On this trip we have included a number of private guided tours, all of which are led by local guides that we have handpicked due to their knowledge and dedication to their community.

We directly employ a small team of local people in Glasgow. We offer part-time and flexible working. We ensure staff undertake at least two recce visits in a year so that they have first-hand experience and knowledge of our products throughout Scotland, England and Ireland. All staff share our values of environmental and sustainable responsibility.

We are members of AITO, the Association of Independent Tour Operators, and adhere to their strict code of conduct.


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