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Rail trips throughout the UK with Arena Rail Holidays offer the opportunity to experience all the understated charm and hidden beauty of the UK’s railways. The UK bears a proud cultural heritage with its many legends and hidden gems , which can only truly be explored by experiencing the country for yourself. The UK’s citizens are based in the cities of the UK and in the rural areas of the country.

UK by rail

Hidden deep within the British countryside is magical railway journeys waiting to be uncovered and not forgetting the vast Scottish countryside, with its many lakes — or lochs — is a spectacle to behold when travelling by rail. Weaving between hills and meadows, rail travel will allow you to discover the many hidden views of the UK has to offer.

Fantastic cities

The UK’s cities are packed full of experiences that are unique to themselves and the county they belong to. If scenery and tranquillity appeal to you more, the Scottish Highlands and the UK’s countryside are amongst the most serene natural landscapes in the world.

Food and drink

The UK is famous for its heartwarming food and drink; Fish and chips at the seaside are a must, a traditional Devonshire cream tea, a Yorkshire pudding with beef and gravy or the national dish of haggis, neeps and tatties are all served across Scotland. Scotland takes whisky very seriously, and so should you!

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  1. Dartmouth Steam Railway

    Railways of Somerset & the Dawlish Coast

    13 Jun 2019 - 24 Sep 2020

    Rolling country meadows and glistening blue sea go hand in hand to create a holiday of dreams for any heritage rail enthusiasts. Keeping close to the market town of Tiverton, we enjoy scenic journeys on no less than five different railways. From Buckfastleigh to Totnes, Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and more... you'll have the perfect escape.

    5 days from £399
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  2. Gloucester & Warwick Railway

    Heritage Railways of the Cotswolds & Avon Valley

    20 Jun 2019 - 13 Aug 2020

    Hidden deep within the beautiful British West-Country is a picture-perfect blend of history and the finest rail travel that this corner of the Country has to offer. On this rail holiday we visit Swindon and Broadway and travel on railways including the Avon Valley and Gloucestershire to Warwickshire - it's a rail enthusiasts dream!

    5 days from £395
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  3. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

    Settle to Carlisle Railway & Yorkshire Steam

    15 Jul 2019 - 7 Sep 2020

    This UK rail break has it all, from rolling country meadows to historic castles and a cruise on the Leeds and Liverpool's canal. We traverse the tracks of some truly stunning railways such as; the Embsay and Bolton Abbey and Settle to Carlisle, and include visit to famous sites such as Haworth, home to the Brontë Sister and Ripley Castle.

    5 days from £459
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  4. Poppy Line

    Little Trains of Norfolk

    4 Aug 2019 - 20 May 2020

    On this spectacular UK rail holiday, see the very best of Norfolk as we combine journeys on some of the UK's most beautiful heritage railway routes with visits to the seaside resort of Cromer and Holt. What’s more, with a paddle boat cruise to enjoy along the Norfolk broads - you'll discover all the charms of this picture perfect region.

    5 days from £399
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  5. Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Snowdon, Portmeirion & Welsh Mountain Steam

    16 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019

    Staying in the spectacular surroundings of North Wales and treat yourself to a relaxing UK holiday combined with the wonders of rail. Joining journeys you could only dream of, as we travel along to some of the country's most spectacular railways visiting destinations from Snowdon, to Lake Padarn, Betws-y-coed and Portmeirion.

    5 days from £529
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  6. Scotland’s Iconic Railways

    Scotland’s Iconic Railways

    3 Oct 2019 - 1 Oct 2020

    On this UK rail holiday travel along some of the greatest railways in the world and discover the outstanding beauty of the Scottish Highlands. From our base in Inverness we journey on three of Scotland's most famous trains, enjoy a journey along the Malt Whisky Trail and free time in Mallaig.

    6 days from £699
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  7. Stratford-upon-Avon

    Stratford and a Shakespearean Christmas

    23 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019
    Enjoy a traditional Shakespearean Christmas on this holiday by rail. Discover the playwright’s birthplace, tucked away in the middle of Stratford’s pretty high street, visit the quaint cottage of Anne Hathaway, and experience a Christmas Eve performance of Shakespeare’s King John at the Swan Theatre. You’ll also have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the festivities and seasonal celebrations, as well as a train ride on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway.
    5 days from £595
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  8. A Yorkshire Christmas

    A Yorkshire Christmas

    23 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

    This delightful rail holiday takes you on a magical journey to the classic countryside of Yorkshire at Christmas. Surely there's no better way to spend the festive season then surrounded by friendly Yorkshire folk. Explore medieval castles and journey along heritage railways, taking in the scenery of some of Yorkshire’s charming towns, enjoy the comfort of your hotel and indulge in festive food and celebrations.

    5 days from £689
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  9. Sandringham

    Sandringham and Norfolk by rail

    27 May 2020 - 31 May 2020

    On this unique rail holiday, visit Norfolk and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at Sandringham Estate, as well as a special guided visit of the parks spectacular grounds. Add to this the nostalgic feeling of travelling along heritage railways with a little steam train chugging away up front and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable experience.

    5 days from £459
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