Lincoln - York - Durham - Edinburgh
This 5 day railway itinerary encompasses a whistle-stop tour of some of the Britan’s historical highlights, from the spectacular Norman relics of Lincoln to the Viking heritage of York and all the way north to the medieval gems of Edinburgh.
For shorter 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.
Start your journey
The first destination on the Heritage Cities tour is Lincoln in the East Midlands. Just 2 hours north of London by train, there’s a regular service from London King’s Cross station via Peterborough or Newark North Gate.
Time to trade the Norman charms of Lincoln for the Viking heritage of York.Trains run from Lincoln to Newark North Gate (30 mins), from where there is a connection to York (45 mins).
A place of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth, York is a must-visit. Seemingly unchanged for centuries, the modestly sized city is packed with attractions: from the narrow cobbles of The Shambles, to the dramatic architecture of York Minster and the rolling countryside that surrounds Castle Howard.
The Cathedral bus connects the train station and bus station with the Castle and Cathedral Square.
The ancient Scottish capital is a fitting final stop on this history tour. A scenic 2 hour train journey from Durham, Edinburgh’s rich heritage is evident the moment that visitors step off the train. From the many medieval charms of the Old Town to the elegant Georgian facades of Princes Street and the New Town, there’s a wonderful array of history, culture, art and Scottish eccentricities to discover.
For those wishing to spend some time exploring Scotland, an Explorer Pass will give them great-value access to 77 historic sites.
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.