The Lake District - Edinburgh - Newcastle and Durham - York
England has been charming visitors with its rich Northern Heritage and captivating countryside for centuries. With its enticing mix of Roman ruins, ancient castles and distinctive cities it has been the backdrop for dozens of blockbuster movies.
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
Only two hours from London and with rail links to all major cities, Manchester is a natural starting point for a tour of Northern England. Adventures begin at either Manchester Airport or Manchester Piccadilly station, taking a train for Windermere (1 hr 40 mins) via Oxenholme.
The Lake District
Check out Windermere Lake Cruises for more details on ferry times.
For more information on bus timetables, visit the Traveline website.
For those wishing to spend some time exploring Scotland, an Explorer Pass will give them great-value access to 77 historic sites.
Newcastle and Durham
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.