The railways have played an important part of British history since they started carrying passengers and goods in the first half of the 19th century. Now almost 200 years later the British enthusiasm for railways and historic memorabilia hasn’t lessened and there are many fantastic train related attractions across Britain.
The steam trains evoke many memories of a wonderful bygone era highlighted by great films such as Brief Encounter. The age of steam may be a thing of the past, or is it? Well the majestic steam trains of Great Britain can still be enjoyed in many different places such as Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway in Southampton or the Audley End Steam Railway in Saffron Walden.
One of the most impressive visitor attractions of any kind in England is the National Railway Museum in York, which is open throughout the year except the Christmas holiday.
Visitors to the museum can learn about the history of the railways in Britain and look at over 100 locomotives and 200 other items of rolling stock. Great items of memorabilia can be seen here too such as old posters, furniture items and classic documentary films.
Miniature railways are always very popular with visitors as they carry passengers through fantastic British countryside or along coastal towns. Visitor attractions may operate their own miniature railway to carry passengers around the grounds. Cricket St Thomas in Somerset is one such place providing visitors with lovely views of the lakes and gardens.
Some attractions have even smaller trains such as Bekonscot Model Village & Railway in Buckinghamshire. This model railway extends for 450 metres and has model station buildings, people and realistic looking landscapes. This museum also has a miniature railway offering rides taking passengers behind the model village and through some attractive gardens.
One of the most famous trains in the world is the Orient Express and its sister trains the British Pullman and Northern Belle take passengers to numerous UK destinations. These luxury journeys with fine dining on board can take in numerous visitor attractions. The British Pullman departs from London and travels around the south of England, while the Northern Belle departs from over 60 regional stations in England, Wales and Scotland.
Whether you are train spotter, history buff or just enjoy travel, there are many fantastic places to visit in the UK. A train journey through the British countryside is a fabulously relaxing experience and avoids the horrors of road rage.