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Top 10 Free Attractions in London - British Museum
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Top 10 Free Attractions in London - British Museum
From the modern architecture of the London Eye to the historic Tower of London, don't miss London’s 10 most popular attractions and landmarks with our guide.Top 1: British MuseumFollowing in the footsteps of human history and culture, the British Museum is one of the richest museums in the world. Under no pretext leave English soil without having visited the British Museum and its wonders.Entrance to visit these permanent exhibitions is free, as in all museums belonging to the British State. However, some temporary exhibitions may require a fee.Visit the British Museum to immerse yourself in more than two millennia of history and culture. World-famous, the British Museum exhibits the creations of Man, from prehistoric times to the present day, with collections from around the world. Among the key works, you will find the Rosetta Stone, the sculptures of the Parthenon and the mummies of ancient Egypt.Impossible to see everything in one visit, but a guided tour will allow you to cover the main exhibitions.Why not take a guided tour of the British Museum? This fabulous London museum will be perfectly explained by a guide who will lead you to the most important rooms and give you all the keys to better understand the major works of the British Museum. To be sure not to wait for hours to book your visit, it is best to book it online, without waiting.Visiting the British Museum is indeed the promise of a return to the past, in the footsteps of the great moments of glory of the British Empire. Unfortunately, in the first decades, many priceless objects landed at the British Museum following looting in the British colonies. Rest assured, most of the artifacts and ancient objects, however, are the work of donations and ethical acquisitions.In 1880, due to lack of space, all the collections of the natural history branch were transferred to the Natural History Museum, a museum dedicated to natural history.In 2000, the famous architect Norman Foster worked on enlarging and renovating the entrance to the British Museum: the Great Court. As soon as you start visiting the British Museum, you are dazzled by this incredible central rotunda, in glass and honeycombed steel.Among the most emblematic and significant temporary collections in the history of the British Museum: that of the terracotta army of the first Chinese emperor (2007) and that dedicated to the pharaoh Tutankhamun (1972). These two exhibitions shattered all the museum's sales and attendance records.The British Museum in LondonAddress: British Museum, Great Russell Street, LondonPhone: +44 (0) 20 7323 8000E-mail: information@britishmuseum.orgPublic transport:Bus: Bus - 14, Bus - 19, Bus - 38, Bus - 68, Bus - 73, Bus - 8Train: Train - GREAT NORTHERN, Train - SOUTHEASTERN (Find Trains)Tube: Tube - CENTRAL, Tube - NORTHERN, Tube - PICCADILLY
posted April 16, 2020
Travel to London
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Travel to London
Best known for its capital, London, a dynamic and cosmopolitan city, or for its green countryside alternated by valleys and hills, England is a nation with a very wide variety of landscapes and a multitude of prestigious places to discover.Many natural parks mark out the country, like the national park of Exmoor with its waterfalls, its torrents and its cliffs which are thrown into the sea; the Dartmoor national park with its menhirs and landscapes of moors which plunge us into the heart of Celtic legends; Seven Sisters Park in Sussex, with its magnificent white chalk cliffs or the Cheddar Gorge, a sublime place favourable for hiking and trekking.Monasteries, castles, picturesque villages, bustling cities with many architectural treasures populate England, testifying to its rich past. The most touristy region in the country, Cornwall enjoys a favourable climate and presents a magnificent landscape made of moors, beaches, cliffs and small picturesque fishing villages like Polperro in its green setting. In Sussex, the village of Rye has incredible charm with its half-timbering as well as Castle Combe, beautifully preserved.The interest of London is no longer to be demonstrated with its pubs, shops, animations and of course its famous monuments such as the Tower of London, classified as World Heritage by Unesco, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or even the prestigious British Museum. Its surroundings are full of essential sites such as Windsor Castle or the majestic Canterbury Cathedral.Outside the capital, many other cities such as Oxford or Cambridge, ancient university cities steeped in history, Manchester and even Liverpool, have real assets. Brighton, a charming seaside resort or Stonehenge, a prehistoric site classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, are still among the many destinations to discover in this charming country.Popular UK Destinations:Trains to ManchesterTrains to EdinburghTrains to BirminghamTrains to GlasgowPopular UK Routes by TrainsLondon to ManchesterLondon to EdinburghLondon to BirminghamLondon to Glasgow
posted April 20, 2020
Visit Manchester: A Sunny Getaway in England
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Visit Manchester: A Sunny Getaway in England
Manchester is the second-largest city in England after London. She is very British, but also a whole world apart. Admit it, you probably had a pretty negative image of the city of Manchester, made up of industries, images taken from Ken Loach films and rainy scenes, right? However, Manchester presented itself in its best light when you go there and it is under the sun that you will discover the city, which in a few moments has become a real favorite. Musical cradle of many groups (such as Oasis, The Smiths, Joy Division, Take That, Bee Gees…), the host city of great European teams, Manchester United and Manchester City, shaped by its rich industrial past, Manchester has a thousand faces, Manchester tells hundreds of stories that spread on its walls, in its museums, in its galleries, in its cafes and in its restaurants, in the mouths of Mancunians ... If images of industrial wasteland, abandoned warehouses, Poverty and wasteland come to mind, you will, because the crisis has hit Manchester in a very violent way, but Manchester is much more than that and it shows as soon as you put a step outside. Manchester is undergoing a renaissance and opens its arms to you!A large English city, Manchester city center can be explored very easily on foot, especially under the sun. What a pleasure to stroll through the shopping or residential streets, to explore the different districts of Manchester, ranging from surprises to discoveries. Drop the map, go on an adventure down the alleys, follow the chance, think about looking up, reading the plates, concentrating on the details and you discover another Manchester.Find trains to Manchester
posted April 20, 2020
Edinburgh Travel: When is the best time to visit Edinburgh
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Edinburgh Travel: When is the best time to visit Edinburgh
Even though Scotland is a country of legends, its humid and gray climate is not one. The winter (from December to February) is very harsh and the summer (between the end of June and September) particularly rainy even if beautiful days are also expected during this season.The best season to visit Edinburgh would be in spring, between April through June, to be able to take advantage of long and sunny days, and also to avoid the crowd of tourists who invade the Royal Mile and crowd the doors of museums and attractions in July and August.June to August is festival season. If you plan to go there during the festival season (mid-August and early September), consider making reservations well in advance, as the city is crowded.September is also a good time to visit the Scottish capital.Popular UK Destinations:Trains to EdinburghPopular UK Routes by TrainsLondon to Edinburgh
posted April 22, 2020
A long Weekend in Glasgow
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A long Weekend in Glasgow
How many days in Glasgow?Glasgow is a quite small city. Should we stay one, two or three days on-site?You could spend a weekend there to be able to appreciate the city. And three days seems to be the ideal duration! (Excluding transport). Check the trains to Glasgow.Why visit Glasgow?At first glance less attractive than its big sister Edinburgh, Glasgow is a city more suited to "short" stays. More accessible (check the trains to Glasgow), smaller, but just as exotic!Glasgow's "attractions" will appeal to as many people as possible, be it architecture, art or cuisine. There are lots of things to see and do (and eat the famous Haggis )! It is, therefore, an accessible city, on a human scale, pretty, and full of good things. A perfect place to spend a weekend!Popular train routes about Glasgow:London to Glasgow train
posted April 24, 2020
National Gallery - Top 10 Free Attractions in London
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National Gallery - Top 10 Free Attractions in London
Top 2: National GalleryAdmire a vast collection of Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th century at the National Gallery. Presiding majestically over Trafalgar Square, this iconic London art gallery houses the works of great masters such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs.The National Gallery exhibits more than 2,000 paintings from western Europe from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, including captivating works created by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh.The main collection and some small temporary exhibitions are free, while access to larger temporary exhibitions is often chargeable.Price:FREE child ticket | FREE family ticket | FREE senior ticket | FREE adult ticketEntrance to the National Gallery is free.The following charges apply for special exhibitions:Gift Aid * adult: £ 16Gift Aid * senior (60+): £ 14Full price: £ 14.00Senior (60 +) / concession *: £ 12.00National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders: £ 7.00Students / Jobseekers / 12-18s: £ 7.00* This content has been provided by The National Gallery: London National GalleryOpening timeDaily 10 am to 6 pm, and Friday 10 am to 9 pmClosing starts five minutes before the time stated. Free admission to the collection and some special exhibitions. Charges apply for major loan exhibitions.National GalleryAddress: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, LondonPhone: +44 (0)20 7747 2885E-mail: information@ng-london.org.ukPublic transport:Embankment, Charing Cross and Leicester SquareFind Trains
posted April 27, 2020
Transport in the United Kingdom
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Transport in the United Kingdom
By travelling in the UK, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful British countryside, the bustling big cities and the picturesque villages. The UK is a small country and it is easy to get around by public transport. Be careful however because they are not always punctual because of the congested roads and motorways. Always plan to leave a little early.Inter-city travelDomestic flightsThe plane is an expensive but fast means of transportation. There are a large number of airports including 24 international airports in the United Kingdom. You can reach many destinations with domestic flights. Check the routes offered on FlightMapping, then book through a travel agency or directly with airlines. Low-cost airlines will allow you to travel at a reduced price across the country.TrainsThe national rail network is simple to understand and dense. You can choose to travel first (first class) or second (standard class). Unlike France, the British system is private and divided by region. Delays are frequent.Train journeys are sometimes expensive depending on the season and destination, but discounts are offered regularly. Remember to book online and in advance. If you are under 25 or a full-time student, ask for the 16-25 Railcard discount card: it will save you 33% on the price of your tickets. For regular journeys, ask about subscriptions to save money.Book Train tickets BusThe bus lines are less frequented for long distances and make connections between the main and neighbouring cities. For regular trips, you will save money by taking out a subscription. Coaches are buses that make longer journeys. It may be necessary to reserve in advance.
posted April 29, 2020
The 7 essential things to do in Newcastle
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The 7 essential things to do in Newcastle
Visit Newcastle: what are the best things to do and see in the city of Geordies?Newcastle upon Tyne is a city in the north-east of England with a population of approximately 270,000. The city is located between Edinburgh in Scotland and London. It is known around the world for its football team and for the special accent of its inhabitants, named the Geordies!The origins of Newcastle date back more than 2,000 years. At the time, the Romans had built an imposing fort there to protect their empire. Years later, the industrial revolution allowed Newcastle to develop actively. The economy was then centred around the steel and coal trade. One of the largest production centres in the world, Newcastle quickly became a rich and attractive city, establishing itself as one of the most important in England.Today, the city has evolved into a modern, artistic and lively metropolis. Its often original architecture and its museums make it a cultural city in which there is a warm atmosphere. It was also named European Capital of Culture in 2008.Are you planning to visit Newcastle upon Tyne and wonder what you can discover in this British city? Here is a selection of 7 essentials to visit during your trip.1. Castle KeepWhat would a visit to Newcastle be without going through the "new castle" to which the city owes its name? The discovery of Newcastle Castle and its keep, which dates back to 1178, is possible every day. You can observe a panoramic view of the whole city.Children's tours are also planned, with re-enactments and costumed guides. Its Norman stone architecture and fun tours make this site an unmissable point of interest in the city. You don't know what to do in Newcastle when you arrive? So don't miss the Castle Keep.2. The banks of the TyneSure, visiting the quays along the River Tyne is a must to visit Newcastle. On Sundays, you will find a market for clothes, antiques and art called Quayside.You can also take a stroll along the quays to discover the modern architecture of this area of ​​Newcastle. Among the highlights of the panorama, there is, of course, the Millenium Bridge. This pedestrian bridge was built in 2000. It is the first in the world to use a side rotation system to let boats through. This spectacle, which lasts about 4 minutes, makes it very popular with travellers, as does its colourful illumination at night.3. DowntownThe heart of Newcastle is bustling with its many shops and restaurants. Neoclassical architecture is very present, especially in Gray Street, often considered one of the most beautiful in England. In the evening, you will discover the hectic atmosphere of a university and cultural city. You will quickly realize this: Newcastle is a festive city!It is also a student city that hosts a very famous university in England, founded in 1834. It is separated into three faculties: medicine, humanities and social sciences and science. Visiting the campus and its period building is very interesting to discover.Book your train to Newcastle4. BALTIC Museum of Contemporary ArtThe BALTIC museum, located on the banks of the Tyne, is considered an emblem of the city’s modern architecture. BALTIC is one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the world.His particularity? There is no permanent gallery. This museum hosts constantly renewed exhibitions, as well as numerous events where influential personalities from the artistic world express themselves. BALTIC is a museum to discover without hesitation if you are looking for what to do in Newcastle. There is also a gourmet restaurant with a breathtaking view of the Tyne River!5. Sage GatesheadYou can't miss this peculiarly shaped building when you visit the banks of the Tyne in Newcastle. It is on the Gateshead side, and you will definitely have to take the Millennium Bridge to get a closer look.Opened in 2004, The Sage is actually a performance hall, which has been ranked among the best in the world. Its curved glass and steel design can be enjoyed from the outside as well as from the inside. Indeed, it allows you to enjoy exceptional acoustic performance. There are three different stages, which allows the Sage to offer hundreds of concerts each year.The biggest stars of the song are regularly there. So, if you don't know what to do in Newcastle to occupy your evenings, you can find out about the concerts planned during your stay. The opportunity to live amazing sound experience.6. The Angel of the NorthAngel of the North is a sculpture created by artist Sir Antony Gormley in 1998. It stands 20m high and is 54m wide. Designed as a kind of totem, this work has become the emblem of the city of Gateshead.It is located on Birtley Hill, above the city centre. Built exclusively of steel, the structure withstands the sometimes complicated weather conditions in England, and it seems that we come to admire it a little for this reason too… It represents the transition from the industrial era to the era of information and marks the evolution of the Newcastle-Gateshead region.7. Things to see and do in NewcastleSt James' Park stadium: Going to a game in Newcastle is the best way to soak up the bustling city.Gateshead: Gateshead town centre is great to explore for half a day.The North Sea: You can get to South Shields by tube and take a stroll by the sea to experience a peaceful country feel, very close to Newcastle.Sunderland: The small town of Sunderland, connected by the Newcastle underground, is best known for its football team but also has a lot of charm.Grainger Market: The Grainger Market is a covered market where you can come to eat, buy fresh products or simply visit the many small shops! A must when visiting Newcastle.
posted April 30, 2020
Travel & Visit Newcastle
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Travel & Visit Newcastle
Why visit Newcastle?Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the northernmost city in England, is also one of the coldest, if one refers to the climate. In terms of atmosphere, it would rather be among the warmest, especially on football match days! Its inhabitants, nicknamed the Geordies, still use the old language which bears the same name. They are bon vivant, who love to party and will gladly invite you to join them. Newcastle is not just about football and theaters, it is a city that has many architectural attractions.Follow the guide, we take you to discover the most festive city in the country.Travel & Visit NewcastleTo help you organize your stay in Newcastle, we have listed the tours and places of interest to do in Newcastle.Where to stay in Newcastle (apartments, hotels, hostels, ...)?Newcastle is a rather opulent city, which has a good hotel offer. You will find a wide range of accommodation, from the youth hostel to the luxury hotel, including the traditional Bed & Breakfasts.If you are going to Newcastle to party, do not hesitate to settle in the Quayside district, by the river Tyne. You will be near the famous Tyne Bridge, Saint Nicholas Cathedral and Center for Contemporary Art Baltic. Also in the center and close to museums and the castle, the historic city center, the Grainger, is also a good option for accommodation. You can even walk to St James Park if you want to attend a soccer game. Do you prefer a quieter area? Look at Jesmond's side.How to get to Newcastle?Newcastle upon Tyne has an airport located to the north of the city, 15 minutes from the center. There are regular direct flights from France (Paris and Nice in particular). You can then reach the city by public transport, or by car if you have opted for car rental or private transfer.It is also possible to include the city in an itinerary in England from the capital. Trains and buses leave from London daily to Newcastle.It should also be noted that Newcastle is a two-hour drive from Edinburgh in Scotland. Train and bus transfers are frequent between these two cities. To find a train or coach at the best price for your trip, use TrainPal!When to go to NewcastleIf Newcastle is a rather cool city, because of its situation in the north of England, it nevertheless benefits from an oceanic climate. As a result, the temperature variations are small and it rarely freezes. Like any region of England, it is regularly watered, but the rainfall remains reasonable there, except in April and the last three months of the year.Consequently, it is preferable to choose the period from May to October, July being the warmest and least rainy. The temperatures will be around 20 °, but you could have surprises with days above 30 °! The Christmas period is also to be considered to go to Newcastle, to take advantage of its festive atmosphere.
posted April 30, 2020
Transport in the UK: Travel by Train
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Transport in the UK: Travel by Train
Do you want to discover Great Britain by train? Traveling by train is a scenic and relaxing way to explore the different regions of the country. The rail network covers the whole country and serves more than 2,500 stations. The system is efficient and reliable: you can leave London and get to Scotland in just over 4 hours. From London, you can get to almost anywhere in Great Britain by train from 7 main stations.London Euston - Birmingham (1h20), Manchester (2h05), Liverpool (2h15), Glasgow (4h40)London King’s Cross - Cambridge (55 minutes), York (1h50), Newcastle (2h50), Durham (2h55), Edinburgh (4:20)London Liverpool Street - Norwich (1h40)London Marylebone - Bicester Village (50 minutes), Warwick (1h25), Stratford-Upon-Avon (2h), Oxford (1h10)London Paddington - Oxford (55 minutes), Windsor (55 minutes), Bath (1h25), Bristol (1h40), Cardiff (2h)London St Pancras - Brighton (1h30)London Victoria - Brighton (55 minutes)London Waterloo - Salisbury for Stonehenge (1h20), Bournemouth (1h55)Do you prefer to come by train rather than by plane from France? The international Eurostar line links Paris, Lille, Calais and Brussels directly to London (St Pancras) and to the stations of Ebbsfleet and Ashford, in Kent, via the Channel Tunnel.Train ticketsYou can buy your tickets at any station or from major travel agencies. Allow enough time to purchase your ticket and be sure to check for special offers or rates available. Note that buying a return ticket is sometimes a more economical solution than buying two one-way tickets.You can also check train times and prices and buy tickets online from the National Rail service, directly on the railways website or through other booking companies such as TrainPal.
posted May 9, 2020
Five Great Week-long Train Travel Routes in the UK
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Five Great Week-long Train Travel Routes in the UK
There are many types of transportation for travel, and the most common way to travel in the UK is probably by train. Many people like to travel by train, because the train ticket in Britain is cheap and the railway is convenient. In the UK, there are also many wonderful railway adventures, from the scenic seaside train to crossing the desolate Scottish highlands. The relatively small area of this country means that you can enjoy many things in a short time.So here are five itineraries to get around Britain by trains. Whether you are looking for history and culture, coast and country scenery, or the coolest city in the UK, there is a perfect British rail travel for you.(*Pictures from the Internet)Five Itineraries for Exploring Britain by TrainHistoric England Travel Route by Train London > Salisbury > Bath Spa > Oxford > Stratford-upon-Avon > York This train journey takes you through the country, featuring some of England's historic castles, cathedrals and universities. The train departs from London and it takes your first day to explore the city-there are museums and historical buildings everywhere, so choose a few places to visit, such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, etc. Then take the early train to Salisbury (1.5 hours) to visit its 13th-century cathedral-visit the tower and see the existing copy of the Magna Carta. Next, you can take the train to Bath Spa (1 hour). Don't miss the city's famous Roman Baths-enjoy a modern version of the spa at Thermae Bath Spa. Bath also has some beautiful Georgian buildings. Then take a train to Oxford (1 hour 15 minutes), one of the most famous university cities in the UK. You can take a train to Shakespeare's hometown Stratford-upon-Avon after seeing a variety of handicrafts (1.5 hours) at Oxford's eccentric Pitt Rivers Museum. You can visit his birthplace, the house where his wife and daughter live, and you can also go to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to watch a play. Then end your journey in York (3 hours and 45 minutes). Wander around the Roman city walls, visit the cathedral, explore the cobblestone alleys, and then go home. Scenic Scotland Travel Route by TrainEdinburgh > Glasgow > Fort William > Mallaig > Kyle of Lochalsh > Inverness This Scottish railway itinerary takes you all the way to the highlands, passing through rugged coastlines, lakes, moors and castle ruins. Starting from Edinburgh, spend one day exploring the highlights of the city, such as the Castle and the Royal Mile. Then take the train to Glasgow (1 hour 15 minutes), where the focus is on art, design and culture-from street art trails to the striking modern riverside transportation museum. Next, you can head north into the highlands and head to Fort William (3 hours 45 minutes), which is a riverside town and an adventure sports center near the Nevis Mountains. Take the train across the Glenfinnan Viaduct to Mallaig (1 and a half hours). Or between April and October, you can take the Jacobite steam train, famous for Harry Potter movies. Then get off the train and take the ferry to Skye. Before crossing the bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh, take a bus tour of the island. Take the train from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness (2 hours and 40 minutes). The Kyle train line passes lakes, mountains and deer herds along the way. Explore the castles and cathedrals of Inverness or take a monster discovery tour on Loch Ness. Finally, you can go back to Edinburgh by train (3.5 hours). The Cornish Coast Travel Route by TrainLondon > St Ives > Falmouth > Newquay > Looe > Plymouth > Exeter This is a British train journey that takes you to southwest of England, along Cornwall's most beautiful coastal and country railways. You will start your journey from London, where you can take the train to Cornwall. Arrive in St Erth early the next morning, transfer to St Ives Bay Line, and pass through the golden beaches of Carbis Bay to St Ives. This art-filled coastal town has some beautiful beaches and promenades. Next leave St Ives, you will take the train to Falmouth (1.5 hours), change to the coastline at Truro, crossing the countryside to the coast there. Before taking the train back to Truro and along the Atlantic coastline to Newquay (3 hours), you must go to see Falmouth Castle and Maritime Museum. Then visit the seven-mile beach. Then continue your journey to the beautiful fishing port of Luye (2.5 hours).       Be sure to taste Looe's fresh seafood before going to Plymouth (1 hour). Walk along the city's waterfront, visit the aquarium, and climb the lighthouse at Smeaton Tower. Finally, catch the train from Plymouth to Paington (1 hour). Then continue taking the train along the Riviera line for 45 minutes to Exeter. City Hotspots Travel Route by TrainLondon > Brighton > Bristol > Manchester > Liverpool > Leeds > Glasgow This train route will take you to the coolest cities in the UK, with many coffee shops, antique shops, street art and bars along the way. Departing from London, head to the most fashionable community in East London-Shoreditch. Taste food from all over the world in the Box Park containers. Then take the train from South London to Brighton (1 hour 15 minutes). Shop on the narrow streets, play arcades on the pier, and then walk along the beach to the neighboring Hove. Next, take the train across the UK to Bristol (3.5 hours). The city is the center of an independent food, arts and crafts enterprise-taste delicious food at St. Nicholas Market and Wapping Wharf. Next head north to Manchester (4 hours). In bars and clubs in the northern region, it is a good choice to go to a concert or buy vinyl records. Or you can visit the museum and media center in Salford Quays. It takes only 45 minutes by train from Manchester to Liverpool. Look at the design symbolism at RIBA North and Tate Liverpool. Then head northeast to Leeds (1.5 hours). Visit the city for shops and stunning settings. Finally, take the train to Glasgow (4 hours) to end your journey in the cultural city of Scotland. Learn about its museums and galleries, and try out some of the best restaurants in Finniston. Wales and the Borders Travel Route by Train Cardiff > Shrewsbury > Aberystwyth > Harlech > Llandudno > Chester > Cardiff This last British train journey takes you through Wales, from the capital to the coast and mountains. Strating from Cardiff, spend an afternoon exploring its old city in Cardiff Bay and the castle. Then take the train north to Shrewsbury (2 hours), a traditional market town across the border of England, which is the home of Charles Darwin. Visit its castle and buy local gifts. Then return to Wales and the seaside town of Aberystwyth (2 hours). It has a sandy beach, Victoria Promenade and the oldest pier in Wales. The next stop is the scenic Cambrian coastline, going north through the Snowdonia National Park to Halekh (3 hours). When you cross the estuary along Barmouth, remember to enjoy the amazing scenery outside your window. Explore the hilltop castle of Harlech, or travel to the Italian-style village of Portmeirion (the nearest station is in Minffordd, a 15-minute drive from Harlech). (*Pictures from the Internet)Next, go to Porthmadog (25 minutes), you can transfer to the historical steam train of the Ffestiniog railway and go to Blaenau Ffestionig (1 hour 15 minutes) in retro style. Then return to the 21st century and head to Llandudno (1 hour and 15 minutes), another Victorian seaside resort in Wales. From there, cross the border to Chester (1 hour). Explore the Roman ruins of the city, stroll through the city walls, and shop. Then return to Cardiff (3 hours) to end the journey.If you are interested, book your ticket now at trainpal.com. Trainpal offers the cheapest train routes throughout the UK.
posted June 5, 2020
Plan to Visit 10 National Parks in England by Train
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 After knowing the national parks of Wales and Scotland, if you are also interested in other national parks and want to arrange a train trip in the UK, keep reading. Or go directly to trainpal to order train tickets.(*Pictures from the Internet)How to get to The Broads National Park by trainMore well known as the Norfolk Broads, this national park has many rare features. The first is that its main gateway city of Norwich is located right on its edges. Second, it was actually man made by peat diggers over the centuries. Third, it has unique wildlife in its vast wetlands, from bitterns to butterflies, and also traditional local wherry boats to traverse them. Take a mainline train to Norwich and then a local one to Hoveton and Wroxham. Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft are also popular with those who want to explore by boat or combine broads with beach. How to get to The Dartmoor National Park by trainIf you plan to take the train to Dartmoor, Exeter and Plymouth are the two stations you should go to. Both stations are located on the main line of southwest England, connecting Bristol and London. From towering granite and rugged marshes to tree-lined trails and bustling market towns, Dartmoor National Park in southern Devon is a contrasting place, with a variety of activities for every visitor. Walking, climbing, biking, photography, mansion, cream tea-no matter what your hobby, you can be satisfied here. How to get to The Exmoor National Park by trainThe best-connected station for Exmoor National Park is Taunton, to the east of the park on the mainline through the South West of England with regular connections to Bristol, London, Birmingham, and the North. From Cornwall and Devon, head for Tiverton Parkway or change at Exeter for the Tarka Line that runs up to Barnstaple. Exmoor National Park extends for 267 square miles along the north coast of Somerset and down into Devon, famous for its incredible landscapes ripe for explorers, including vast swathes of open moorland – home to the iconic Exmoor ponies - tranquil ancient wooded valleys and the highest cliffs in England. Exmoor is a great place to pull on your walking boots and head off for a hike or a short stroll – whatever your pace is, there's always a path for you. How to get to the Lake District National Park by trainThe largest national park in the UK is more than 2362 square kilometers. Its lakes, tarns and mountains are a beautiful combination of poetry, art and music. There are a few trains to the Lake District, and the historic Kendall Wool Town is an amazing starting point, although you can also reach its center at Windermere Station too. This historic station is only a skimming stone's throw away from the famous lake's shore. Penrith is the entrance to the Northern Lakes, and Oxenholme is another route on a branch line to the Kendall area. How to get to the New Forest National Park by trainOne of the few national parks with a station at its heart, making it an even more beautiful space. The majority of it is in Hampshire, with a few wonderful Wiltshire bits too. Take a train to Brockenhurst to enter a world of woodland, wild ponies, wisteria-clad houses, woodlarks and warblers. More than a hundred mainline trains take you there every day, to head from track to trails. Because New Forest National Park has hiking and cycling trails a-plenty. Another good New Forest train station is Ashurst New Forest which is on the edges of the park. How to get to Northumberland National Park by trainThe historical Kingdom of Northumbria is one of the crown jewels of the British National Park. The most notable sights include the Hadrian’s Wall, the wild places within the Cheviot Hills or Redesdale and North Tyne Valleys. Newcastle is a gateway city where you can connect to local trains to Wylam, Prudhoe, Stocksfield, Riding Mill, Corbridge, Hexham, Haydon Bridge, Bardon Mill and Haltwhistle to go to the wild places. Even crazier at night, because this national park is part of Europe's largest dark sky reserve. Head to the coast stations in Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed to explore some of the wildest and most wonderful coasts in the UK. How to get to the North York Moors National Park by trainIn the works of the Brontë sisters, the vast open fields are famously captured, although Lewis Carroll and Bram Stoker also liked the coastal areas of the park. The scenery and sea views of this national park are as diverse as its literati. Take the train to York, Middlesbrough or Whitby. In fact, the train between Middlesbrough and Whitby passes through the park in many places, especially between Great Ayton and Butterby. Commondale and Glaisdale are good places for hiking, such as the 8km long Glaisdale Egton bridge trail. How to get to the Peak District National Park by trainIt is easy to take the train to the Peak District National Park, because there are many train lines extending or very close from the surrounding major cities to the Peak District. The nearest train station to the Peak District is Glossop, considered to be the gateway town. The Peak District is the first of 15 national parks in the UK and was established in 1951. More than 10 million people visit the Peak District every year, and many of them come to enjoy the various outdoor activities offered here. Mountain biking, hiking and climbing are the most popular sports, but there are also opportunities to try everything from horse riding to paragliding. Or you can simply take a look at the culture and history of the villages, towns and historical sites of the Peak District National Park. How to get to the South Downs National Park by trainFor people living in the southeast of England, this is an invaluable rural refuge. It is one of the best national parks near London, in fact it is also the closest national park to London. The regular train from Waterloo to Victoria takes 60-90 minutes to reach the stations of Winchester and Lewis, which are the entrances to the national park. The name of the park comes from the grassy-topped wave of hills, but there are also ancient woodlands, rivers and white cliffs on the Sussex coast. Winchester and Lewes are the main gateways, with more regional starting points at Amberley in the Arun Valley, Southease in the Ouse Valley or Liss in Hampshire. How to get to the Yorkshire Dales National Park by trainYorkshire Dales National Park is located in the north of England. It is located between four other national parks-Northumberland National Park (North), North York Moore National Park (East), Peak District National Park (South) and Lake District National Park (West). It is an excellent central point to explore the most spectacular scenery in the UK. Cities close to the national park include York, Harrogate, Bradford and Leeds in the south, Lancaster, Preston and Carlisle in the west, and Darlington and Middlesbrough in the northeast. All these cities are closely linked to domestic and international tourism, including buses, railways and aviation. The rugged limestone, striking valleys, waterfall trails and ancient forests are just a few of the natural highlights of this national park. In fact, this is one of the most famous scenic train trips in the UK. One of the favorite places for hikers is Houghton in Ribblesdale, from which you can reach the Three Peaks. (*Pictures from the Internet)If you are interested in these National Parks and want to arrange a train trip in the UK, please come to trainpal.com to book train tickets right away. Buying the cheapest train tickets in advance can save you a lot of money. 
posted June 5, 2020
Plan to Visit National Parks in Wales and Scotland of the UK by Train
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Plan to Visit National Parks in Wales and Scotland of the UK by Train
When it comes to traveling to the UK, you may first think about the Parliament House, Big Ben, London Eye, Tower Bridge, a series of museums including the British Museum, or Edinburgh's castle, Loch Ness "Water Monster" and the mysterious Stonehenge beside Bath City. If you choose to travel to the UK, under normal circumstances, you will walk through these famous attractions, and then punch in and take pictures at each attraction. But in fact, is traveling in the UK really "just like that"? The answer is of course no, because Britain's most magnificent mountains and lakes, the most scenic beaches, and the best preserved mountain villages and towns, as well as various cultural heritage, are hidden in a total of 15 national parks. Let's take a look.(*Pictures from the Internet)What is a national park? The purpose of setting up national parks is to protect the rural areas with unique scenery and provide opportunities for tourists to visit these areas every year. Although the name is "National Park", the National Park in the UK is not exactly "National". In fact, land ownership in these national parks is scattered among private owners in these areas, and the country owns only a small portion. But the country will lead these landowners to protect the scenery together. There are currently 15 national parks in the UK, namely: 10 in England: The Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Lake District, the New Forest, Northumberland, the North York Moors, the Peak District, the South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales. 3 in Wales: the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast, and Snowdonia. 2 in Scotland: Cairngorms and Loch Lomond&the Trossachs.(*Pictures from the Internet)Most people in the UK have only visited a few national parks in the UK. Southerners vow to go to Northumberland one day, while Northerners are keen to learn about South Downs. In fact, considering that South Downs National Park is the closest park to London, few Londoners walk or bike through it, which is really surprising. By showing you those national parks that are easily reached by train, you can plan a trip well in advance, save a lot of money by getting there quickly, and then enjoy all the beauty. You will never be stuck in a traffic jam again, unlike 93% of people who drive to national parks. National Parks in Whales How to get to the Brecon Beacons National Park by train  This national park has many highlights, such as Black Mountain, Pen y Fan steep walls (886 meters) and limestone valleys, with less than 70 kilometers wide. As one of the three national parks in Wales, you must stay here overnight because it is also recognized as an international dark sky reserve. The main train station is Abergavenny, famous for local cuisine and the September food festival. Another option is to go to the old nomadic town of Llandovery on the western border of the park, which is ideal for hiking in Black Mountain and a favorite for mountain bike enthusiasts. How to get to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park by train  For those who want to enjoy a bit of a wild and windy coastline, there is nothing like getting off the train at Fishegard station to be part of the national park's coastline which is part of the larger Wales Coast Path. This is actually one of the smallest national parks in the UK, but it is home to a vast area of 12 blue flag beaches, offshore islands, large swathes of the Preseli Hills and the Gwaun Valley. Other stations to take you to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park by train are Tenby, Haverfordwest, Pembroke Dock and Milford Haven. How to get to Snowdonia National Park by train Snowdonia itself isn't a secret, with the highest peak in Wales being placed on every child's map of Britain at an early age. There are many secrets lying within this national park, however, such as the other great peak of Cader Idris, Mawddach estuarine trail or the stunning beach at Harlech. And Coed y Brenin is pretty much mountain biking mecca. Snowdonia train stations include Betws y Coed or Bangor for linking up with Snowdon Mountain Railway (see their site for booking). For coastal park head to Porthmadog, taking a stunning route from Shrewsbury through the Cambrian Mountains. Porthmadog is also home to the famous Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, which you can book on their site. There are no secrets in Snowdonia National Park itself. Every child can see the highest peak of Wales on the map of England at a very young age. However, there are many mysterious and fun landscapes inside this national park, such as the other great peak of Cader Idris, Mawddach estuarine trail or the stunning beach at Harlech. For coastal park you can plan to go to Porthmadog, taking a stunning route from Shrewsbury through the Cambrian Mountains. Book the train ticket at trainpal.com now. National Parks in Scotland How to get to the Cairngorms National Park by train The two most popular train stations for the famous mountains of Scotland are Aviemore and Kingussie. The former is already a well-known ski center, but with mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, white water rafting, and canyoning also being offered, Cairngorm National Park is becoming one of the most exciting adventure destinations in the UK. It is also the largest national park in the UK. Of course, there are lakes here, but the mountains and mountain climate are the natural rulers here. Five of the six highest mountains in Scotland are located in this park, and 52 peaks are more than 900 meters, so bring your winter hiking equipment for the beauty. How to get to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park by train As one of Scotland’s two national parks, its name is deceptive because it actually has 22 large lochs, many small lochs and more than 50 rivers flowing through the park. There are canoe, sailing, fishing and swimming facilities. Take the train to Balloch which is on Loch Lomond to enjoy some wild water fun. Other lovely sites include Arrochar and Tarbet, which are part of the Three Lochs Way, where you can see the Arrochar Alps. Or take the train to Ardlui on the shore of Loch Lomond, walk along Crianlarich along the West Highland Way. Even the names makes you want to seek out the trains.(*Pictures from the Internet)If you are also interested in these national parks and would like to arrange for yourself a train journey in the UK, follow this article and there will be no problem. You can also check out the other 10 travel plans to travel to the National Parks in England by train in another article.
posted June 5, 2020
Travel Around the UK by Train
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Travel Around the UK by Train
If you have free time, slow down and relax, traveling by train is one of the best ways. Britain’s most breathtaking scenery can be admired from the train window, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money for an epic journey. You can buy the cheapest train tickets at trainpal. Traveling by train is a beautiful and relaxing way to discover Britain, adding a real sense of adventure to your trip. The railway network covers the entire country and serves more than 2,500 stations. The system is efficient and reliable: you can leave London and reach Scotland in the shortest 4 hours. Since London has 7 main terminals, most of the lines radiate outward from London, so there may be some changes when travel around the UK by train. Train tickets are worth buying at trainpal because they will provide tourists with unlimited journeys and discounts, giving you the freedom to go at your own pace.(*Pictures from the Internet)Train travelling across the Highlands in Scotland How to buy train tickets You can buy train tickets online through our ticket purchase page. First-class fares are about one-third more expensive than standard fares. Sometimes buying a two-way ticket is cheaper than buying two one-way tickets. Plan enough time to buy your train ticket in advance before travelling, and check for special offers or reduced prices at any time. Advance tickets are usually cheaper than those bought on the day, but may limit your ability to change or cancel your journey. You always have to try to click through the page more. We will mark you the cheapest train ticket on the day of your trip, saving yourself a lot of money, which you can spend on the travel of the destination. Two main reasons to travel in the UK by train If traveling by car in the United States is the best choice, traveling by train in the United Kingdom is the best choice for these two reasons. British driving on the left, the road is narrow, the speed is fast, and the requirements for the driver are very high. Especially when crossing roundabouts and intersections, British drivers are very fastidious about the road priorities. The driver with the road priority does not slow down at the intersection. They will think that the other driver will let them pass first. In fact, this is indeed the case. As long as the British drivers don’t have the road priority, they will not snatch the road, and they will stop obediently to let the other driver go first. In this new environment, domestic drivers are unaccustomed to driving on the left. Coupled with unfamiliarity with various road priorities, they often react slowly on the road and are prone to car accidents. The picture below is the famous roundabout in the UK. Most people are confused directly!(*Pictures from the Internet)The train system in the United Kingdom is very developed. This is different from the United States. Basically, cities at all levels have trains. Take London as an example. It has been counted on Google maps. There are dozens of train stations of various sizes in the London area alone. So when traveling between different cities in the UK, trains can undoubtedly be your first choice. (*Pictures from the Internet)As shown above, there are three railway stations in Euston, St Pancas and King's Cross (the famous Harry Potter 9 and three quarters are here) just around the London University campus. Tips on travel by train  The fastest and most comfortable trains in Britain are on the main line. It is always wise to reserve a seat in advance, especially if you want to travel during peak hours, such as Friday night. Mainline trains have dining cars and air conditioning, and are very fast - for example, it takes only 4 hours and 20 minutes from London to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, or 2 hours from London Paddington to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. The yellow line above the train window indicates the first-class compartment. Note that even if the train is full, you cannot sit in first class without paying the full ticket. Normally, buses will post eye-catching notices in the city center and major attractions, and buses will usually stop outside. Trains on Sundays and public holidays may be slower than usual and less frequent. Be inspired for your next train journey We picked some of the best places in the UK for you to explore by train. Check out our tour guide itinerary, find an inspiration, and see things you can do when you reach your destination.
posted June 5, 2020
Visit Cairngorms National Park by train
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Scotland has a strong European aristocratic style since ancient times, like a gentleman with a suit, bow tie, always smiling. Just as Scotland belongs to the temperate maritime climate, it will never be sullen, there will be no severe cold, and it will not be hot. Cairngorms National Park is located on this gentle land. Knowing about Cairngorms National Park before booking a trip Cairngorms National Park was officially opened in 2003 after being approved by the Scottish Parliament. This is the second national park established in Scotland. It is not only the largest national park in the United Kingdom, but also a prestigious skiing resort in Scotland. The park covers an area of 1,750 square miles (approximately 4,500 square kilometers), the lush forest is the backbone of the park, and the wanton flowing lakes and streams are the blood of this park. It is also a habitat for all kinds of wild animals. Red squirrels, reindeer, eagles and other wild animals pass through the park from time to time. There are 5 peaks in the Scottish region, and Cairngorms National Park occupies four of them, so it is regarded as an adventure paradise by challengers who seek excitement: from the dangerous high mountains to the glazed lake area, from the rocky mountains to the lush forests, from the deep and long royal castle to the special conservation area. In recent years, the park is facing the double test of local residents and tourists, and the landscape in the park is also under great pressure from huge traffic. The economic development of Cairngorm National Park and the surrounding areas is heavily dependent on national parks, which on the one hand can promote the development of local tourism and recreational activities, on the other hand, it can also promote greater local protection for the survival of ecosystem. How to get to Cairngorms National Park by train and why you must go there Cairngorms National Park in Scotland is the largest national park in the UK, covering 4,528 square kilometers. This is almost twice as large as the Lake District National Park, but there are far fewer tourists. In fact, although the Lake District National Park is very beautiful and attracts 16.4 million visitors each year, Cairngorm's desolate mountains, icy river valleys and Caledonian forests only attract 1.5 million tourists every year. It is very convenient to travel by train in the UK, including to national parks, and at trainpal you can buy the cheapest train tickets. (*Pictures from the Internet)Take the train to Cairngorm National Park On the west side of the park, there are two gorgeous entrance stations that can take you into the center of the park: Aviemore and Kingussie. If you are from southern England, one of the most adventurous ways to get to these mountain outposts is to take a sleeper train, which departs from London Euston Station at 21:15 Monday to Friday, and at 20:59 on Sunday. It reaches Kingussie at 7:20 and Aviemore at 7:45. Of course, you can also take the faster day train from King's Cross Station in London to Inverness Station. From the end of 2019, just with more than 8 hours, the train can take you directly to Kingussie and Aviemore. Other stations along the way include York, Darlington, Newcastle, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth. There are other train services during the day, but there may be one or two train changes between Edinburgh and Perth. However, it is very likely that the price of the split tickets is much cheaper than the direct one. (*Pictures from the Internet)You can also take a direct train from London to Aberdeen. Aberdeen is the closest station to the Royal Deeside area in the east of the National Park. For example, from London, it takes 7 hours and 4 minutes, leaving London's King's Cross Station at 10 and arriving at 17:04. Things to do in Cairngorm National Park The outdoor adventure scene in Cairngorm National Park has been established well and is a paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, kayakers, skiers, wildlife observers, photographers, painters, etc. It has the 5 highest peaks in the UK, the most unusually vast wilderness area, and a large number of local mountain guides to take you to climb the highest peak. Those who like lowlands can easily take a lap in some of the park’s lochs such as Lochs an Eilein, Garten or Morlich. There are also many bike lanes, the most popular of which is crossing the Ryvoan Pass. You can also book a guided tour locally, which is highly recommended for newcomers to the mountains, or choose an organized self-guided or guided vacation, a wilderness Scotland or Scottish mountain vacation with an ecological expert. The Cairngorms Tourist Board is also a source of information about places to stay, local guides, and of course, routes to be discovered. Of course, it can be called a splendid legacy left over from history, and the Cairngorm National Park is much more than that. Despite the magnificent natural landscape, the cultural tourism supporting facilities of Cairngorms National Park have also become an important factor to attract tourists. Stepping on the highest land center in the UK, the Cairngorms National Park’s entertainment projects go far beyond ice and snow. There are two aquatic entertainment centers specially designed for water sports enthusiasts in the park, and there are also planned fly fishing areas and stag tracking areas that are popular with fishing and hunting enthusiasts. Many winding and rugged walking paths provide hikers with a close encounter with Cairngorms National Park. Climb high and look far away, and near the sea makes your heart wide open. The Cairngorms National Park is not only in a highland, but also has 12 golf courses, making it a golfing hometown in Scotland. Golf is always accompanied by fine wine. Due to the special geographical factors, there are many whisky distilleries in the Cairngorms area, which is an excellent place to taste the feelings of Scotland.
posted June 5, 2020