Bath - Bristol - St. Austell - St. Ives
Pristine beaches, picturesque fishing villages and more hours of sunshine than anywhere else on the British mainland; it’s easy to see why sunny South West England is one of the UKs most popular holiday destinations.
This 6-7 day tour takes in the pick of the region’s highlights, from the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath to the unmissable Minack Theatre in Cornwall.
Easily accessible by train and public transport, the best way to explore the region’s many delights is with a BritRail South West Pass.
Start your journey
The train from London Paddington to Bath Spa takes between 1 hour 25 minutes and 1 hour 40 minutes. From Bristol airport there is a bus to Bristol Temple Meads, then the train to Bath, which takes an hour.
For short trips, individual rail tickets can be booked in advance through the Trainline. For longer journeys, one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to explore Britain is with a BritRail Pass, which allows unlimited journeys and the freedom to explore. The BritRail South West Pass is the most cost-effective way to explore this part of Britain, and can be purchased on the VisitBritain shop.
The historic market town of St Austell is one of Cornwall’s biggest towns. It’s best known for the nearby tropical biomes of the Eden Project, and is well located between some of Cornwall’s loveliest beaches. We recommend spending 1 to 2 nights here.
Return to London Paddington
For those exploring Britain by train, a BritRail Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to travel. For a single fixed price, pass holders can make unlimited train journeys around the whole country or a region of their choice. BritRail tickets are exclusive to overseas visitors so they will need to buy their ticket before they arrive in the UK.