Top 5 Places in the UK to Visit by Train

The UK is very fortunate to have a travel network that allows us to hop from one place to another with ease. There are some stunning destinations that you can visit this spring, with fun family days out and stunning historical walks that you can take in.

We have compiled our top 5 destinations that you should visit this summer, that are all reachable by train thanks to the National Rail service

1 – Chester

Chester is a walled city situated in Cheshire, on the Anglo-Welsh border. It is one of the UK’s most stunning historical cities and plays host to some stunning architecture and ancient walls whilst still being a modern and contemporary shopping hub.

Chester is one of the best-preserved walled cities remaining in the UK and has a range of medieval buildings sitting alongside Victorian black and white architecture. Alongside the historical exploration, you can stop off at one of Chester’s many pubs and cafes for a rest bite or take in some shopping in the city centre with many major high street brands available.

If you are looking for a family day out, Chester Zoo is situated just outside of the city centre and can be accessed by bus.

Chester

2 – Edinburgh

One of Scotland’s crown jewels, Edinburgh is a beautiful city and is home to some of the most stunning buildings and sightseeing spots in the UK.

Edinburgh castle is one of Scotland’s most iconic tourist attractions and is a historic fortress that dominates the skyline. It has been dated back to around 200AD and is one of Scotland’s most iconic historical artefacts.

Edinburgh is also host to the famous Fringe Festival which consists mainly of high-profile theatrical productions and classical concerts. It also has an impressive comedy and musical line-up, comedians are often renowned for having their ‘break’ at the Fringe Festival.

Easily accessible by train, you can use the National Rail to access Edinburgh from most major towns and cities in the United Kingdom.

Edinburgh

3 – Newcastle

The night out city of the United Kingdom. Newcastle is a hive of activity in the North of England and plays home to, not only a great nightlife but some fantastic architecture including the Angel of the North. It is also a fantastic shopping city, that features some top of the range independent shops, alongside recognised brands.

Ever popular with hen and stag do’s, Newcastle’s nightlife is relentless and there is something for everyone. You can head over to the Geordie Shore favourite Tup Tup Palace on St Nicholas’s Street, or head down Collingwood Street to the House of Smith.

If you are fancying a more scenic day out, you can hop on the bus or train and visit the likes of Whitley Bay on the coast, or the historic Durham and visit the cathedral.

You can also take in a game of football at the world-famous St James’s Park situated in the centre of Newcastle and hear the famous Geordie fan base roar on their team.

Newcastle

4 – Lake District

The pinnacle of England’s countryside, the Lake Districts are a spectacular and picturesque collection of lakes and mountains in the North West of England and are well worth a visit if you are travelling around the United Kingdom.

Established as a National Park in 1951, the land has famous associations with Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and John Ruskin, with the former having a museum dedicated to her works.

If museums aren’t your thing, you can take on the mountainous range with peaks including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. You can also take a walk around Lake Windemere amongst others and take in the truly breath-taking views the Lake District has to offer.

In the Summer, nearby Kendal also plays host to Kendal Calling music festival. With the likes of Courteeners, Doves and Manic Street Preachers playing in the beautiful surroundings that Kendal offers.

Lake District

5 – York

One of England’s finest historical cities, York beholds some incredible ancient architecture and the famous York Minster. It’s draped in Roman history, featuring Roman built roads still weaving their way through the city. You can take a walk down the historic and legendary shambles and visit some of the shops on the way.

Over the Summer months, if you fancy a day out with your friends or a work social, you can take in the York Races. If that doesn’t take your interest, head to the York Dungeons for a look at life for the old prisoners who were kept down in the dark cellars.

The York Minster is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The gothic style of the building makes it a sight to behold, and you can wind your way around the many chapter houses and chambers taking in the true beauty that the building offers.

York Minster