Grand Rail Tour of England and Wales

Puffing Billy at The 1825 Railway, Beamish - © Beamish Museum
WHR Locomotive 87 hauling a train from Caernarfon to Porthmadog - © Colin Churcher
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway - © Robin Lush

Holiday Highlights

  • London Transport Museum
  • York National Railway & Beamish Open Air Museums
  • Journeys on 6 Heritage Railways
  • Settle & Carlisle Railway
  • 2 Depot Visits - Haworth Motive Power & Boston Lodge
  • Didcot Railway Centre
  • Manchester Airport Tour - Concorde & Nimrod
  • Heritage Steamer on Lake Ullswater
  • Number of days & price on request

As a specialist Rail Tour Operator we regularly prepare tailor-made tours for overseas and UK-based rail enthusiasts. To illustrate the kind of tours we arrange we have prepared a 21-day 'unique' tour of England and Wales to illustrate the opportunities for a 'Signature' Rail Holiday in England and Wales.


Begin with an overnight stay in London and visit the London Transport Museum before boarding the train to Leeds. Excursions in the Yorkshire region include a ride on the 'Keighley and Worth Valley Railway', also known as the Railway Children's Railway, tour of the Haworth Motive Power Depot to see the engines under repair and the working fleet, and no visit to Yorkshire would be complete without seeing the National Railway Museum in York. Travelling further north take a ride on the 'North Yorkshire Moors Railway' and the 'Scarborough Spa Express' steam train, before continuing by rail to Darlington. The North East leg includes a visit to the Beamish Open Air Museum with its vintage trams and buses and George Stephenson's cottage, birthplace of the world-famous railway engineer who pioneered the steam locomotive The Rocket. By rail to Carlisle, then travel on the 'Settle and Carlisle Railway' before boarding 'The Statesman' which passes the Brief Encounter refreshment room made famous in the classic 1945 movie. The 'Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway'; a heritage steamer from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding and a bonus visit to Manchester Airport for a tour of Concorde and Nimrod would complete the North West leg of this tour before travelling by rail to Llandudno. You are spoilt for choice in Wales - travel on the Conwy Valley Line, the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways, Llangollen Railway and cruise along the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. A tour of Ffestiniog Railway's famous Boston Lodge is also included. A vintage steam-hauled train between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway plus a visit to the Didcot Railway Centre complete the journey which ends in London.

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Why Choose Ffestiniog Travel?

  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
  • Created for people who love rail holidays and exploring the world’s heritage railways
  • Dedicated rail holiday specialist - great destinations, sightseeing and unparalled railway content
  • Train ticket supplier for worldwide rail operators - we can plan and arrange your rail journey to anywhere
  • Knowledge of the world’s rail routes makes us leading specialists in escorted and Tailor Made rail holidays
  • Over 60% of our existing rail tour travellers return to holiday with us year after year
  • Committed to supporting rail travel and heritage railways around the world
  • Our profits support the continued preservation of the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Small, dedicated rail holiday travel team offering an award winning personal service