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The day we caught the train… Posted On 08 April 2019

The day we caught the train...

Now that the days are becoming warmer and longer, you might be planning a day trip out. You don’t, however, need to travel via car to get there. There are many interesting places to visit up and down the UK that you can travel to, simply by hopping on a train!

2-for-1 entry

In an attempt to encourage families to take days out by train, National Rail have organised a scheme with 2-for-1 entry to several attractions nationwide if you choose to travel by train and pre-book your tickets. These include Bletchley Park, The Edinburgh Dungeon, Manchester United Museum and Tour Centre and The Royal Pavilion in Brighton. For more information about these and other offers, plus any terms and conditions, visit www.daysoutguide.co.uk

Cadbury World

For the chocolate lovers amongst us, a trip to Cadbury World situated in Bournville near Birmingham, is a must. Once you arrive at New Street Station there are regular train services to Bournville and Cadbury World is only a 15 minute walk from the station. There are fingerposts and wall signs to help you reach your chocolatey destination. An added bonus with using the train is that you will receive 30% off your entry fee! You’ll need to provide your train tickets at the point of entry and download a voucher from www.daysoutguide.co.uk.

Once there, you are in for a fascinating day out with a self-guided tour on which you will learn how your favourite chocolate treats are made, play in virtual chocolate rain, take a trip on the Cadabra ride and meet the drumming gorilla (Phil Collins eat your heart out!). Younger members of the family will enjoy the 4D chocolate adventure cinema experience. Guided by Freddo Frog and other Cadbury characters, you will dive into a bowl of liquid chocolate, ride the Crunchie rollercoaster and fly the Cadbury Crème Egg Airship with the Caramel Bunny at the helm. There is much more to do while visiting this attraction and it is very popular, so it is advisable to pre-book your tickets.

York

Situated in the north of the country but just two hours from London by train, is the historic city of York. The attractions in this city would take much more than a day to explore; with museums, ghost walks, boat trips, leisurely strolls around the city walls and the cathedral there really is something for all ages. A great family visit would be to the National Railway Museum which is just a short walk from the main railway station. It traces the development of train travel and the impact this has had around the world. It is also home to many iconic locomotives, including The Flying Scotsman, The Mallard, Bullet Train and a number of carriages which throughout the last hundred years, have been used to transport members of the royal family.

Reviews for this attraction are excellent with average times spent there being around three hours. Entry is free, but donations are encouraged to enable the museum to continue its valuable work restoring historic trains and carriages.

Another must while in York is the Jorvik Viking Centre where as part of the visit you will be transported back to experience life in 10th Century York. Here you will travel around the Viking city in a time capsule so be prepared for the sights and smells of the time. As can be imagined, this is a very popular attraction so pre-booking is advisable.

An adult-only day out

If you’re planning an adult-only trip out, then www.intotheblue.co.uk has ideas for a number of days out centred around train travel. Including luxury day trips with lunch and afternoon tea aboard fully restored trains from the 1920’s and 30’s, to murder mystery adventures and the ultimate day out for the train fanatic – the ability to put on your drivers jacket and learn how to drive a steam train or diesel locomotive!

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