British Rail Holiday: 1 Week

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Trip Details

Route: London Oxford York Edinburgh London

Duration: 7 nights

Transport: You’ll see the whole length of Britain in 8 days starting and ending in London. You’ll travel by train during the day where journeys are between 1 and 5 hours.

Sustainability: This trip only creates 4 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 188.6

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Trip Style

If you don’t have much time to explore the UK but you still want to see some of the main sights then this is the perfect route for you!

Starting and ending in the buzzing capital (where you can always find cheap return flights), your rail journey heads north, stopping for a night or two at each city along the route before heading back to London.

Trip Description
See the best of Britain in just one week!

Take in our pick of some of the UK’s finest cultural destinations, and soak up the endless beauty, history and culture that awaits you.

Start off in London, the city that never sleeps. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to things to see and do, whether you’re looking to get the traditional London experience or find your own hidden gems in the city. Head to the Tower of London to marvel at the breath-taking crown jewels, enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea at the Fan Museum, or even take a trip to the West End Theatre for an evening to remember!

Next you’ll head to Oxford, where dreamy landscapes and buildings will transport you back to another point in time. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is home to some highly inspired works of art, whilst the Natural History Museum is sure to impress any history buff! Lord of the Rings fans shouldn’t leave before having a few drinks at the Eagle and Child pub – JRR Tolkien’s old haunt.

Next up – York! Oozing with ancient history and scenic picnic spots, you’re sure to fall in love with the cobbled Chocolate City. Roam the Roman Bathhouse and the impressive Norman York Castle, before grabbing a tasty pick-me-up at the renowned Betty’s Tea Rooms. Alternatively, you could make the most of the quaint boutique shops along the Snickelways of York, or head off on a boat trip down the River Ouse to drink in the sights.

Next, you’ll get a taste of Scotland with a visit to its capital, Edinburgh. Looking out over the picturesque and mountainous East Coast, you won’t be disappointed for views with a trip to Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano and the highest point in the city! Round your visit off with a trip to The Scotch Whiskey Experience to sample one of the country’s most well-known exports before heading back to London!

Fancy more time in good old Blighty? Check out our 2 week or 3 week options!

What's Included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
  • Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

London (2 nights)

One of the most visited cities in the world and the crown jewel of the United Kingdom, London is undoubtedly spectacular. Boasting an incredibly rich history, countless iconic landmarks, world-class museums (most of which are free), acres of leafy parks, cobbled streets and alleyway pubs older than some cities – it isn’t hard to see why tourists flock to this jolly old town. Far from just a relic of the past, modern-day London is an economic and cultural powerhouse, stamping its authority as one of the greatest cities in the world.


  See the iconic landmarks of Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

  Take a stroll through St. James Park, one of many found throughout the city

  Sample the delights at Borough Market

    Train to Oxford – 1 hour

Oxford (1 night)

Home to one of Britain’s two most famous universities, Oxford is a charming and quintessentially British city. Small enough to cover in a couple of days but with plenty to offer, spend your afternoons punting on the River Cherwell, exploring the eclectic covered market and enjoying the university and college grounds.


  Visit the university colleges and grounds – there are nearly 40 different colleges so check their opening times before you go.

  Admire the dreaming spires with a rooftop cocktail at The Varsity Club.

  Explore the vast Bodleian library and Radcliffe Camera – tours are available daily.

    Train to York – 4 hours

York (2 nights)

With a history stretching nearly two millenia, modern day York is a widely revered destination, wearing its past as a badge of honour. The most intact and complete medieval walls encase the centre, where you walk back in time through the towns Snickelways, a collection of narrow alleys, complete with overhanging buildings. The centre piece is the magnificent York Minster, also known colloquially as the heart of Yorkshire.


  Marvel at the gothic grandeur of York Minster

  Walk the famous medieval walls and get the best view of the city

  Explore the Shambles, one of the best preserved streets in Europe

    Train to Edinburgh – 3 hours

Edinburgh (2 nights)

Home to the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh is proud to call itself Scotland’s capital city. Immerse yourself in its dramatic castles, beautiful views, traditional pubs and windy streets. Take a hike up to Arthur’s Seat for the best views of the city, and head to Sandy Bell’s in the evening for traditional brews and folk music.


  Taste traditional haggis with neeps and tatties

  Stroll around the beautiful grounds of Holyrood Palace

  Climb up to Carlton Hill to see the Robert Burn’s Memorial

    Train to London – 5 hours


End your trip in London to fly back home or get a custom quote if you’d like some extra nights here or to continue your adventure into mainland Europe as well!

How to get there

London has numerous international airports so you can fly in and out from pretty much anywhere in the world!

If you are coming from mainland Europe we can easily include a return Eurostar from Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam, just get in touch to make your own custom route.