Summer’s upon us again, but if you’re thinking of heading over to Europe for a little break, why don’t you try a luxury staycation over there?
More and more people are turning to the UK for great summer holidays that don’t cost the earth.
From rolling hills to jagged mountain peaks, quaint rural villages, market towns, and great towering cathedrals, there are so many things that make Britain great.
For something really different, you could try a steam tour of one of the country’s most picturesque regions.
Here are five breathtaking steam rail tours that will give you an unforgettable summer trip.
Yorkshire by steam
A trip through Yorkshire by steam is a grand experience.
Sit back as the vintage locomotive traverses some of the very best of the country’s scenery.
From the dramatic Yorkshire Dales to rolling moors and rivers.
On the trip you will get the chance to see the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe; the York Minster, with the train pulling in to the beautiful seaside town of Whitby, made famous by Bram Stoker’s infamous novel, Dracula.
On the way, there will also be a chance to witness Emily Bronte’s moorland setting for the novel Wuthering Heights and the Bronte Museum.
The Scottish Highlands
There is no finer scenery in Northern Europe than the Scottish Highlands.
Hold your breath as the train traverses giant ravines, winds up through jagged mountains and over the wide still waters of the Scottish Lochs.
If you’ve ever dreamed of living in another era, then this is truly the trip for you.
The trip passes through the Scottish town of Fort William with its stunning mountain panoramas as well as Glasgow and the famous Loch Ness.
Norwich and Norfolk by steam
The beautiful fens of East England and the charming towns of Norwich and Norfolk are explored on this wonderful and scenic trip.
On the way, you will get to visit the Queen’s country retreat at Sandringham and wander through the old streets and flint houses of the Bure Valley.
This is the perfect holiday for anyone looking to experience two cities which have remained virtually unchanged by age.
Railways of Wales
Rugged and wild, this steam tour runs through some exceptional scenery.
It also passes some very dramatic sections of coastline and villages such as Portmeirion.
On the trip, you will be given a full day’s excursion to the town of Llanberis, from which (if you choose) you can take a trip up Mount Snowdon, one of the country’s highest mountains.
Not only a great opportunity to relax and take in the scenery, but also to conquer this giant of a mountain and add it to your list of accolades