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Train Experiences and Days Out

Your ticket to ride the best train experiences and days out, with our range of diesel and steam-powered day train trips for you. From train enthusiast days, to luxury train journeys, you'll find a gift for every train lover. We've got experiences to suit all tastes and budgets, with departure stations on historic and mainline railway lines the length and breadth of the country.

No strikes, no queues, no battling for a seat. These luxury train journeys hark back to an age when travelling by rail was smooth, comfortable and really all rather civilised. Whether you decide to book a table to eat onboard, want to be right in at the heart of the action on the footplate, or just want to drink in the wonderful scenery, we’ve got it all for you here. Read more...

Steam Railway Ride
Based On 5 Reviews


From £13.00

    • Ride the East Somerset Railway in Cranmore all day
    • Standard (min 2 people) and family rover tickets
    • Hop on and hop off between Cranmore & Mendip Vale
    • Visit the museum, engine shed, signal box etc
Afternoon Tea on the Belmond British Pullman

Departing from London Victoria

From £285.00

    • Afternoon tea onboard the Belmond British Pullman
    • A round trip around Kent - the Garden of England
    • Lap up the sheer luxury of these restored trains
    • A dedicated steward looking after your carriage
Brunch on the Belmond British Pullman London

Departing from London Victoria

From £249.00

    • Enjoy a luxury brunch onboard an iconic train
    • Travel on the Belmond British Pullman train
    • This is a round trip from London to Kent
    • Silver service from uniformed train stewards
Churnet Valley Railway Steam Train Lunch
Based On 6 Reviews

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

From £99.00

    • A 3 course steam train lunch for two to enjoy
    • Watch the world pass on a scenic 22 mile route
    • Free travel on the railway for the remainder of the day
    • Full waitress service and luxury dining coaches
Diesel Locomotive Driving

Great Central Railway, Loughborough, Leicestershire

From £599.00

    • Drive diesel engines at the Great Central Railway
    • The UK's only heritage dbl track mainline railway
    • Various diesel driving packages to choose from
    • Drive, visit a signal box, work sheds & more
Diesel Train Experience
Based On 6 Reviews

Tenterden in Kent

From £95.00

    • Ride in a Diesel Mechanical Multiple Unit
    • A 21mile round journey on Kent & E Sussex Railway
    • Time to visit the on site Colonel Stephens Museum
    • Get a train driver's view of the railway line
Drive a Train at Sherwood Forest
Based On 19 Reviews


From £59.00

    • Drive a 5/8th scale steam loco in Nottinghamshire
    • The Sherwood Forest Railway - a family concern
    • You will be a VIP for the day driving the train
    • The current 15" gauge line is 1-mile long
Drive a Train at the East Kent Railway

East Kent Railway, Dover

From £199.00

    • Drive a diesel train on this Light Railway nr Dover
    • Drive, set the points, open crossing gates & more!
    • Undertake a return journey as train crew
    • Invite friend & family to ride in the brake van
Historic Belmond British Pullman Day Trip

London, Victoria

From £450.00

    • Day trips onboard the Belmond British Pullman
    • Visit historic locations on these round trips
    • Country houses, palaces & historic towns to explore
    • Full onboard service, drinks, brunch & dinner
Kent & East Sussex Railway Experience

Tenterden Town Station, Kent

From £299.00

    • Spend time at the Kent & East Sussex Railway
    • Work with the train crew for a return journey
    • Ride 21 miles from Tenterden to Bodiam and back
    • Witness the 'run around' at Bodiam - a highlight!
Steam Train Day
Based On 27 Reviews

Near Loughborough

From £370.00

    • Spend the day at the Great Central Railway, Leics
    • Visit the signal box, engine shed & workshops etc
    • Be on the footplate for a 16 or 30 mile round trip
    • Drive with rake of carriages on Silver Experience
Luxury Day Trip with Afternoon Tea on the Northern Belle

Locations Nationwide

From £225.00

    • Enjoy the countryside from your luxury carriage
    • A round-trip journey of between 3- 5 hours
    • Afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes and scones
    • Departures from various mainline train stations
Luxury Vintage Train Lunch on The Northern Belle

Locations Nationwide

From £275.00

    • Luxury luncheons onboard the Northern Belle
    • Departures from London & regional train stations
    • Choose between seasonal lunch & roast Sunday lunch
    • A taste of the bygone age of luxury train travel
Murder Mystery Lunch on The Northern Belle

Departing from North and Midlands locations

From £299.00

    • Solve the murder mystery on the Northern Belle
    • Enjoy the seven course gastronomic taster menu
    • A circular voyage on this historic train
    • Departure stations in the North and Midlands
Murder Mystery Train
Based On 45 Reviews

Loughborough, Leicestershire

From £169.00

    • A murder mystery themed evening on board the train
    • Enjoy a 4 course gourmet dinner with coffee & mints
    • Help solve the whodunit murder mystery
    • Hosted by the Great Central Railway with pro actors
Saturday Steam Luncheon in Leicestershire
Based On 112 Reviews


From £109.00

    • A 'runabout ticket' for the day
    • Roam around the platform, workshops and museums
    • A delicious steam train luncheon
    • From Great Central Station in Loughborough
Staffordshire Heritage Steam Train Cream Tea
Based On 6 Reviews

Froghall Station, Staffordshire

From £69.00

    • A traditional Cream Tea for two or four people
    • Fabulous scenery onboard the steam hauled train
    • The train departs from Froghall Station
    • Enjoy scones, cakes and petit fours
Steam Train Afternoon Tea Leics
Based On 22 Reviews

Rothley, Leicestershire

From £69.00

    • Enjoy all day travel at a heritage steam railway
    • Afternoon Tea including English Tea and sandwiches
    • Home made fruit scones with clotted cream and jam
    • A selection of miniature mouth watering cakes
Behind the Scenes Steam Day
Based On 3 Reviews

Tenterden in Kent

From £149.00

    • Access all areas day at Kent & East Sussex railway
    • Guided tours of engine sheds, workshops etc
    • Visit the signal box, watch locos taking on water
    • Includes lunch at Tenterden station restaurant
Steam Train Dinner in Leicestershire
Based On 53 Reviews


From £139.00

    • A six course dining experience
    • First class 'runabout' tickets for each passenger
    • Unlimited travel on the day of your meal
    • From Great Central Station in Loughborough
Steam Train Driving Kent
Based On 6 Reviews

Tenterden Town Station, Kent

From £495.00

    • Drive a steam train day from Tenterden in Kent
    • Be the driver, fireman and guard during your day
    • Assist with operating the gates and a 'run around'
    • With breakfast, lunch & all the tea you can drink
Steam Train Driving Staffordshire
Based On 1 Reviews

Cheddleton, Staffordshire

From £350.00

    • Drive a Churnet Valley Railway steam train
    • Cauldon Lowe ultimate steam courses offered
    • Drive for 41 miles of this Staffordshire track
    • Includes a Churnet Valley polo shirt & certificate
Sunday Steam Train Lunch in Leicestershire
Based On 55 Reviews


From £109.00

    • Board an historic locomotive steam train
    • Travel through the Leicestershire countryside
    • Enjoy a three course Sunday lunch
    • A runabout ticket for unlimited travel on the day
The Golden Age of Travel on the Belmond British Pullman

London, Victoria

From £385.00

    • Travel aboard the Belmond British Pullman
    • See some of the finest English countryside
    • Enjoy a round-trip journey through Kent
    • Fine dining silver service five course meal
The Midlander Steam Train Midweek Luncheon

Great Central Railway, Loughborough

From £159.00

    • Wednesday steam train luncheon trips in Leics
    • Includes unlimited train GCR travel all day long
    • Trains depart from Loughborough station at 1pm
Train Cab Ride in Kent

East Kent Railway, Dover, Kent

Save 35% From £29

    • Ride up front in the cab of a diesel train
    • A return journey along the full length of the line
    • Takes place at the East Kent Railway nr Dover
    • Your chance to sound the horn of the loco!
Ultimate Steam Train Day

Great Central Railway, Loughborough, Leicestershire

From £1,850.00

    • Drive a steam train for four, full return journeys
    • Driving steam trains pulling passenger carriages
    • Share the driving with your friends and family
    • Become a member of the train crew for the whole day
Whistlestop Cream Tea & Steam Train Ride for Two

East Somerset Railway, Somerset

Save £10 From £28

    • Great value railway experience for two people
    • East Somerset Railway in the beautiful Mendip Hills
    • Includes all-day rover tickets for unlimited travel
    • Includes a cream tea at Whistlestop Cafe for two

Days out by train…just the best!

This is how train trips should be. Relaxing, a reserved seat for everyone, table service and lots of legroom. If you book on a luxury train journey today, the chances are it’ll be onboard a Pullman-style carriage. Fully restored with love, care and attention from skilled craftsmen and women, it’s all about the Belle Epoque of train excursions, with brass luggage racks, comfortable armchair seating, table lamps, and intricate marquetry adorning the walls.

Can you remember the last time a smartly dressed train steward welcomed you aboard the train? Have you ever been served a meal at your table that has been dressed with starched white linen and proper cutlery? It’s certainly a nod to the good old days of the railways before that Dr Beeching got his hands on them. By the 1950s, the sound of steam had given way to the chug of diesel and the final nail in the coffin was the pesky motor car, which put paid to the profitability of the trains.

Day train trips on heritage railways

Luckily, the country is filled with enough train lovers and enthusiasts that we have lots of heritage railways to keep the steam locos and wagons rolling. Mainline, branch line, narrow gauge, standard gauge - all sorts of railways have been saved from becoming overgrown and forgotten.

Many of our railway experiences are hosted by such railway associations. Mostly made up of volunteers, you’ll never meet such a passionate group of people who are always welcoming to visitors. Be it the station master, the signal man or the driver, they all play an important role on their railways - and many of our train experiences let you join in as a crew member for the day.

Whether you want to lap up the luxury of these trains as a passenger, or prefer to literally roll your sleeves up and get stuck in (that coal won’t shovel itself into the furnace after all!), our train days out are fantastic fun for all. Make it a family affair and have a meal out on the move, visit the works sheds where restorations are underway, or just enjoy a simple cream tea watching the trains trundle past. Simply superb.

Browse our train experiences

So as you can see, this section is a great place to start of you’re looking for the perfect gifts for train lovers. Rather than sitting trackside with a flask of tea, why not upgrade to a proper day out on the train with a round trip along some Britain’s finest and best-loved heritage railways? Or how about really making a day of it and getting dressed up for an exquisite Pullman train experience? Have a little look at this Pullman afternoon tea experience video for an idea of our days out by train. 

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