Heading to the UK? Want to experience a train journey to or from London to see the sights or travel further afield to regions nearby? You’re certainly not alone! London is one of the world’s most popular destinations for some really good reasons.
Landmarks in London
Bustling and busy, London is also home to some famous landmarks and attractions, including Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, art galleries, the British Museum, Big Ben, and the Tower of London. You can take in a show at the West End or enjoy the view from the London Eye. There are plenty of English pubs to enjoy, places to stroll, and restaurants serving everything from Chinese to Indian cuisine.
The city is filled with gorgeous, landscaped gardens, parks, squares, and riverine areas where you can while away a few, calm hours in the midst of the cityscape. At Trafalgar Square travellers can see imposing fountains and Nelson’s Column, commemorating the historic battle. It’s also a great place to have lunch! Probably the best-known garden in London is the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Set in hundreds of acres of plants, trees, and lawns it’s an ideal spot for a picnic or lunch and a decent beer or two at the restaurant.
Day, night, and overnight trains
Trains to and from the greater London area are frequent and plentiful throughout the day. There are numerous trains leaving the area at peak times, midday, in the later afternoon, and a good number of evening trains. The Caledonian Sleeper is an overnight train that travels between Scotland and London. Travellers can opt for a Lowlander route – which travels to Glasgow and Edinburgh, or the Highlander journey which travels to Inverness, Aberdeen, and Fort William. You can choose from luxurious double berth accommodation or overnight comfort seating, but for the best accommodation choose First Class tickets.
The Night Riviera train
This sleeper train travels overnight from London to the natural and beautiful Cornwall region and is the perfect choice for families wanting to spend a few days exploring the coastal areas of this amazing beach destination. Hiking, bird watching, and swimming are all plentiful in the area, as are a wonderful selection of upmarket and rustic B&B’s.
London in the winter months
London is a wonderful holiday destination during the summer months of June to August but there are also plenty of things to do in London during the winter months.
Adventurous travellers will have plenty of options to titillate their thrill-riding taste buds with a great choice of adrenaline-based holidays in London. You can enjoy London Helicopter tours, speedboat trips along the Thames, The Dare Skywalk, – or why not try one of London’s top Escape Rooms!
Seen the sights? London is closer than you think to some awesome family activities in natural areas along the coast, so while you’re there why not take a train trip to explore the fossils on the Jurassic Coast.
This absolutely breath-taking area is richly endowed with some of the world’s most amazing geology. The coastline was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 and it’s the best place to discover rocks of important historic value, interesting and rare fossils, and unique landforms. As the only World Heritage Site in England, it’s well worth seeing!
Need some more ideas? For some additional inspiration for your next rail-based holiday here are some fantastic rail holidays in and around the region.
Where to from London?
London is so centrally located that it makes it really easy to travel to other famous cities in the surrounding countries, including:
Explore the majesty of London on your next holiday
Trains to and from London are plentiful and you can travel to all the counties in the area on the London Underground or “Tube”. There are trains available at all hours of the day and night and numerous trains to almost all popular and outlying destinations at peak times. You can travel by day, in the evenings or opt for a trip on one of the overnight trains from London to Scotland or London to Cornwall. London is a smorgasbord of attractions, and you can enjoy calm, peaceful gardens, see Buckingham Palace, or go wild with thrill-seeking adventures in this famous, and iconic city.