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Take the train … to autumn’s culture hotspots

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Now the mercury’s dropping, it’s tempting to stay indoors and cosy-up. But there’s no need to stay-in and stay-bored. Not when you can take cheap trains to Britian’s best museum, music and grub-loving cities.

Just read on for some travel ideas and don’t forget to check our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you wrap-up and head-off.

• Take the train to Glasgow and …

Learn …
From transport, science and natural history museums to the world-famous Glasgow School of Art – this city’s got culture covered. And what’s more, museum entry is free too. So there’s no excuse not to pay a visit.

Listen …
Glasgow is UNESCO’s city of music, so you can bet the music-scene alone will keep you entertained indoors. Try the cavernous Arches for clubbing and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut for intimate live gigs. For something different, try Stellar Sounds at the Glasgow Science Centre – where you can listen to live gigs under simulated starlight.

Eat …
If you love your gastro-grub, make sure to tuck-in while you’re in Glasgow. Try Rab Ha’s – a historic pub in the trendy Merchant City – for food, then cross the cobbles and go for cocktails or a wee dram in the fairy-light lit Fruitmarket Galleries.

• Take the train to London and …

Watch …
Fend off the chill by catching an evening or matinee showing of a West-end musical. Try The Lion King if you’re in town with the kids or Legally Blonde if you’re looking for laughs.

Indulge …
Stop by the Ritz for the perfect winter warmer – a steaming pot of Earl Gray and warm scones topped with lashings of cream.

Shop …
Stay indoors and browse London’s world-famous department stores – Liberty, Selfridges and Harrods – for early Christmas gifts. What’s more, you’ll be able to spy the London skyline from their topmost floors.

• Take the train to Manchester and …

Sightsee …
There’s plenty to see indoors in Manchester – from the city’s stunning Cathedral to its gilded opera house and ancient Roman ruins.

Enjoy …
From art-house films at The Cornerhouse on Oxford Road to costume galleries, war museums and art collections – you’ll find it all in Manchester. And most attractions are free so you can easily pop along for a cheap trip.

Support …
Get a taste of footballing history by visiting Manchester’s famous footballing and sporting grounds – most of which are clustered in Sportcity.

Where will you go when the weather turns colder?

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