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From glorious mountains to rolling hills, rugged coastline and Celtic legends, the UK and Ireland make fantastic destinations for short breaks and scenic getaways. Explore the Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland with Rail Discoveries.

Rail Tours in UK & Ireland

Join Rail Discoveries on an escorted tour in England, Scotland, Ireland, or Wales and immerse yourself in the famous culture and scenery of this beautiful island kingdom. From the rolling hills of the Emerald Isle to the medieval towns of Yorkshire, the UK and Ireland boast enchanting countryside and a wealth of historic monuments.

Walk the cobbled streets of York or visit the annual Flower Show in Harrogate; journey through the Scottish Highlands on a heritage railway journey or experience the Edinburgh Tattoo in wintertime. Alternatively, why not cross the Irish Sea to Douglas and explore one of the UK's most unique outposts - the Isle of Man?

We’ve found 35 tours for you matching: UK & Ireland

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North Yorkshire Moors RailwayNorth Yorkshire Moors Railway

Yorkshire by Steam

Discover glorious Yorkshire, from the edge of the rugged Dales to its spectacular coastline, via the majestic North York Moors. Enjoy ancient York, delightful Brontë country and scenic railway journeys.

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2020MarAprMayJunJulAugSepOct

5 days from £349 pp

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Railways of Wales - Llangollen RailwayRailways of Wales - Llangollen Railway

Railways of Wales

Explore the rugged mountains and winding waterways of North Wales. Enjoy picturesque journeys aboard historic steam trains and admire delightful towns and ancient history on this Welsh adventure.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

6 days from £499 pp

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Isle of ManIsle of Man

The Isle of Man

A superb tour to the charming Isle of Man, with three full days of varied excursions to the island's old fashioned towns, pretty fishing ports and breathtakingly picturesque coastline on the different historic railways.

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2020MayJunJulAugSep

6 days from £659 pp

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Norwich & NorfolkNorwich & Norfolk

Norwich & Norfolk

Explore the meandering waterways and heritage railways of Norfolk. Based in historic Norwich, this rural getaway takes in the North Norfolk Coast, the royal residence of Sandringham and quaint market towns.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

5 days from £399 pp

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Lake WindemereLake Windemere

Lakes and Dales by Steam

From your base in Carlisle, travel on three incredible railway lines, and enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the spectacular north of England, including the world-famous and UNESCO-listed Lake District.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

5 days from £399 pp

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The Outer Hebrides & The HighlandsThe Outer Hebrides & The Highlands

The Outer Hebrides & The Highlands

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the Outer Hebrides on a tour that takes in Stornoway and the Jacobite steam train.

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2020MayAugSep

8 days from £1,179 pp

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Tresco Abbey GardensTresco Abbey Gardens

The Unspoilt Isles of Scilly

Journey to a hidden treasure of the British Isles, an archipelago off the Cornish coast boasting azure seas and almost tropical climes. Travel by overnight sleeper train from London to discover the glorious Islands of Scilly.

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2020MayAugSep

6 days from £1,199 pp

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The Festive Markets of Yorkshire

Soak up the festive atmosphere in 'God's own county' on this superb pre-Christmas break. In addition to the Christmas Markets in historic York, you will enjoy a vintage steam journey and a festive rural village festival.

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2019NovDec

5 days from £395 pp

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Christmas in Wales

Enjoy a delightful Christmas escape in beautiful Wales. Discover the panorama of the countryside on three fantastic rail journeys, and greet the festive season in style.

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2019Dec

5 days from £970 pp

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Canterbury & The Garden of EnglandCanterbury & The Garden of England

Canterbury & The Garden of England

Explore this beautiful region from its charming steam railways. Discover cities steeped in rich history, and the picturesque gardens which have earned the area the nickname 'the garden of England.'

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2020MayJunAugSep

5 days from £549 pp

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Duart CastleDuart Castle

Oban, Isle of Skye & The Sound of Mull

From the proud city of Glasgow, make the exciting journey through the mesmerising scenery of the Scottish Highlands on one of the world's great railways, before visiting the beautiful Isle of Skye and embarking on a scenic cruise on the Sound of Mull.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

6 days from £549 pp

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Lord of the GlensLord of the Glens

Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise

This fantastic five-night cruise through the heart of the Highlands begins in Edinburgh before we board our ship for a journey along the rugged coastline of Scotland's west coast to the unspoilt beauty of the Isle of Mull. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

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2020AprSepOct

7 days from £1,595 pp

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Experience the UK's Famous Railways and Rolling Fields

Rolling green dales, dramatic moorland, seaside promenades, and historic spa towns; there is something for every taste and budget on our rail holidays in the UK and Ireland.

Trains often access places that other modes of transport cannot reach, making a journey by rail one of the most scenic ways to travel. On many of our tours, you will have the chance to experience the charm of a traditional locomotive on a heritage railway such as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway or the Ffestiniog Mountain Railway.

 

 

Ffestiniog Railway

The destinations on our rail tours have their own special appeal. In Ireland, for example, we contrast the ancient with the modern by including visits to the Blarney Castle in addition to a guided tour of Dublin, giving you a great insight into the country and its sights.

Our fantastic programme of included excursions enhances your holiday further by providing experiences of cultural, historical, or social value.

To ensure that your holiday runs smoothly, all our breaks are accompanied by a professional Tour Manager who will be on hand from the moment the tour begins to answer all of your questions and provide advice and information about the local area. Transport, accommodation, and a range of excursions are also included on our escorted tours.

Choose a holiday from the tour listing above or call one of our friendly Tour Advisors on 01904 730 148 to book your next holiday in the UK and Ireland.

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Five of Britain’s best steam train journeys

Five of Britain’s best steam train journeys

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Evocative of a bygone age the famous British steam train journey has been a popular day out for many British travellers for decades. Now many heritage railways exist solely for tourism purposes after the infamous Beeching Cuts of 1963. We have a look at 5 of the most scenic.

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5 unmissable sights in York

5 unmissable sights in York

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York is an ancient city brimming with history and beauty, we’ve selected the 5 unmissable sights of the city. Experience them for yourself on UK rail tours.

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Yorkshire's Steam Railways

Yorkshire's Steam Railways

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There's something romantic about steam travel that goes beyond looking at the past through rose-tinted lenses.

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