A royal train journey through the UK
The Royal Wedding is upon us! To celebrate the important event, we have created a train journey that will take you through the royal highlights of the UK. Grab a BritRail pass and simply hop on any train you want.
Get a taste of the royal lifestyle as you travel by train to visit the palaces and country estates where the British monarchs have long divided their time. In addition to discovering the fascinating history of the royal family and stepping into their opulent residences, you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the picturesque English and Scottish countryside as it rolls by.
London Calling (Day 1-3)
Start in the English capital with a visit to the Tower of London where you can witness the Crown Jewels and discover the tumultuous history of this medieval castle. Admire the Tudor architecture of St James's Palace and the Neoclassical design of nearby Lancaster House, then see the headquarters of the Commonwealth of Nations at Marlborough House.
Be sure to watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace and tour the magnificent King’s and Queen’s State Apartments of Kensington Palace. Then delve into the history of the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate at Westminster Hall.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Sandringham (Day 4-6)
From London, it’s around one hour west to the town of Windsor, which is famously home to the royal residence of Windsor Castle. Holding the title of the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, it’s within walking distance of both the Windsor & Eton Central and the Windsor & Eton Riverside stations.
Join a guided tour of Windsor Castle’s State Apartments to admire the opulent furnishings and extensive royal art collection. Then jump aboard a bus for the short hop south to the green oasis of Windsor Great Park where the Duke of York resides at the Royal Lodge.
Train options - London to Windsor
Train from London Paddington Station, change trains in Slough and arrive at Windsor & Eton Central Station (25-35 min)
Train from London Waterloo Station, directly to Windsor & Eton Riverside Station (54 min)
From London Kings Cross station, it’s around 1h 40 min north by train (departing every hour) to King’s Lynn where you can board a bus to explore the country house of Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham. Discover the rich history of Sandringham House and browse the exhibits detailing royal life here, then wander through the landscaped gardens that surround the mansion.
The Royals in Scotland (Day 7-9)
Ride the rails north from King's Lynn through the scenic English countryside and into Scotland, with it taking just over five hours by train to reach Edinburgh (connect in Ely and Peterborough or alternatively go back to London). From the Waverley Station, it’s a 15-minute walk to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which serves as the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history. Located at the end of the Royal Mile, its lavish rooms offer an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
From Edinburgh, it’s just over an hour’s train journey (departing every 30 min) north to Dundee where you can board a bus to Forfar and on to Glamis Castle. Considered by many to be Scotland’s most beautiful (and most haunted) castle, it served as the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Follow in the footsteps of royalty as you tour the interior of the castle, then explore the extensive gardens that ignite with rhododendrons and azaleas during the summer months.
Return to Dundee and board a train for the one-hour journey north to Aberdeen, from where you can travel west by bus to Balmoral Castle, the Scottish holiday home of the royal family. Browse the artworks and exhibitions in the Castle Ballroom, explore the kitchen gardens where produce for the royal family is harvested and test your skills on Balmoral’s 18-hole golf course.
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