Rail itineraries – Southern Heritage & Maritime 5 day itinerary
This 5 day itinerary offers a glimpse into Britain’s heritage, with the city of Bath and its Roman, Georgian and Victorian influences. This is followed by Stonehenge, located near the beautiful city of Salisbury, then on to Portsmouth with its rich naval history. The tour finishes with Brighton – a regency era city with a vibrant history.
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For centuries Bath has been the place where people came to in order to relax. The ancient Romans came here for the hot thermal waters, and the Victorians came here to take the healing waters and to shop. As a result, Bath today is a mix of ancient culture and refined boutiques, beautiful historic Georgian architecture and elegant eateries, with the Roman Baths still a centrepiece of the city.
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.
Catching the train to Salisbury early the next morning, gives a full day in the city. The journey takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes, after which we suggest leaving luggage at the hotel and exploring freely.
Salisbury is one of the best known of Britain’s many cathedral cities, and its historic cathedral is one of Britain’s finest. Beyond this, the city has a wealth of historic pubs and beautiful rural scenery.
Brighton is one of Britain’s most exciting coastal cities and takes approximately 1hr 20 mins (direct) from Portsmouth. It is full of culture, great shopping, and surrounded by the magnificent South Downs countryside.
After spending the night in Brighton, it's back on the train to London Victoria, taking around 1 hour. For those who have not have a chance to see everything they wanted to they may choose to spend another day by the sea before catching the train back in the evening.
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.