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Twelve places to visit by train in 2018

Make 2018 the year of travel, and make one of your New Year’s resolutions to visit at least one new place a month. But don’t worry this doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, or mean jetting off on long haul flights, there are plenty of amazing destinations to visit right on your doorstep here in the UK. All of which can be reached by train

Top places to visit
Top places to visit

The English Riviera

Famous for its sandy beaches and exotic palm trees, The English Riviera is Devon’s beautiful bay located in Torbay. It offers fantastic year round holidays where the warmest of welcomes always awaits you. As well as seaside holidays there is also a great choice of indoor and outdoor activities, and of course plenty of tasty local food to enjoy. The nearest train stations are Torquay train Station and Paignton train Station and with excellent links from London, Birmingham and Bristol there’s no excuse not to put this on your list for 2018.


Situated on the Sefton coast, Southport is home to a beautiful and expansive coastline as well being surrounded by natural beauty. With easy links from both Liverpool and Manchester it makes for a great destination for a short break to escape hustle and bustle of city life. And with tonnes of activities, from water sports to nature reserves there’s something for the whole family. Southport train station is located in the heart of the town, making it the perfect mode of transport for your getaway.


With its world famous breath-taking coastal scenery complemented by golden sands and towering cliffs which are beautiful in both winter and summer, Pembrokeshire is a must-visit for 2018. You will be spoilt for choice for things to do from adventure parks to castles, and boat trips to family festivals. So what are you waiting for? Jump on a train to Pembroke train station from lots of stations across the UK including, London Paddington, Reading, Bath and Bristol.


A classic Victorian seaside resort, Hunstanton is an elegant resort in Norfolk and is the ideal place to enjoy the superb coastline. The excellent beach is ideal for everyone to enjoy, offering ideal conditions for playing in the sand, rock pooling and splashing about in the sea. It is also famed for its beautiful striped cliffs which are a must-see. Govia Thameslink Railway operates from London’s Kings Cross to Downham Market train station and King’s Lynn train station with an average journey time of around 1 hour 40 minutes.

South Downs

Near Eastbourne in Sussex, the South Downs are a range of chalk hills that extend for about 260 square miles. Home to beautiful rolling hills as well as bustling market towns the South Downs National Park is full of breath-taking landscapes and hidden gems that definitely make it worth a visit in 2018. The closest train stations to the park are Winchester train station or Lewes train station which can both be easily reached from London Waterloo and Victoria.


If some fresh Cornish sea air is what you are after in 2018 then Pentewan should definitely be on your list this year. Located in South Cornwall, this coastal village and harbour is full of history and of course lots of tasty fresh local food. Being part of the English Riveria means the stunning sandy beach is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. St Austell is the nearest train station.

Isle of Skye

Fancy heading north for a Highland adventure this year? Then why not add The Isle of Skye to your list. As the largest of the Inner Hebrides the island is 50 miles long and is full of break-taking scenery and coastlines and is steeped in history, you might even stumble across a dinosaur fossil. Packed full of wildlife and world class walking and climbing spots it is perfect for those who love the outdoors. Although there are no railways on Skye there are two train stations very close by on the mainland, Mallaig train station and Kyle train station , which then have very good bus and ferry routes to the island itself.


Set in the rolling Somerset countryside Bath is a city that is truly special. With beautiful buildings everywhere you look, unique and stylish shops and restaurants as well as thousands of years of history, the Roman Baths are a must-see, it is the perfect place for a city getaway. And it couldn’t be easier to get their by train, with Bath train station situated in the city centre it is just a short walk from all of the attractions. There are regular services from all over the UK and a high-speed service from London Paddington taking just 90 minutes.


This beautiful historic capital city should no doubt be part of your travel plans this year; it really is a city like no other. It perfectly pairs both old and new together, resulting in a diverse and vibrant city that is jam packed with things to do. Activities include visiting the castle and seeing the beautiful Scottish Crown Jewels, wandering down the Royal Mile or taking a walk up to Arthur's Seat if you are feeling particularly active. Trains to the city are a great way to travel, with two major railway stations which operate regular services to stations across the UK, including London, York, Leeds and Birmingham.


If you want to escape to somewhere truly magical then we would highly recommend the Outer Hebrides; it might seem like a very long way away but is definitely worth the visit. You could take a stroll along the beautifully pristine white sands, enjoy the sea air or get your adrenaline pumping with some surfing or kayaking. And of course tickle your taste buds with some of the local delicacies. There a number of train stations you can travel to including Avievmore train station , Fort William train station, Mallaig train station and Kyle train station.

Jurassic Coast

With 95 miles of coastline and 185 million years of history the Jurassic Coast is definitely worth a visit this year. The stretch of coast situated between Exmouth and Studland Bay is a journey through time with its rocks and fossils all telling a story, and the site was even designated as England’s first natural World Heritage site in 2001. There are three main railway lines that connect the Jurassic Coast with the rest of the UK, including Dorchester Train Station and Poole Train Station. The nearest stations are Weymouth and Upwey.


Bordering Cumbria in the North East of England, Northumberland is a place full of diverse and intriguing selection of experiences. The county has not one but two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, when you visit Northumberland you will be welcomed by dramatic hills, dune fringed beaches and sweeping valleys. It is also home to legendary walking routes or you could take to the waves for a spot of kite surfing. You could even take a magical trip to Alnwick Castle which is famous for appearing as Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films. There are a number of train stations in the county which are well connected to the rest of the UK, including Berwick-upon-Tweed , Acklington , Hexham and more.

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