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Rail Travel in Great Britain

Embark on a unique journey by train throughout one of Europe's most historic regions. Customize your travel throughout Great Britain with Virgin Train’s premium rail service – an excellent way to make your trip faster, easier and stress-free. Bask in the breath-taking scenery on a customized trip, while enjoying first class meals, luggage handling, and complimentary WiFi.

A Little Taste of British History

From the unexplained mystery of Stonehenge to the Harry Potter films of today, Great Britain has served as the backdrop for history on the global stage. Travel through the region to explore the ancient relics from the Celtic Tribes or trace the footsteps of the ancient Viking and Norman raiders and marvel at the townships they settled while occupying the lands.

Learn about the Renaissance, and how King Henry VIII proclaimed himself the head of The Church of England -- or the endless religious strife and ongoing political wars through the mid-18th century, when the British Colonial Empire became the primary focus under Queen Victoria.

Take in the splendor of Hadrian's Wall in Northern England and imagine what the region must have been like during the period of Roman rule.
Pen-y-Fan from Cribyn, Brecon Beacons, Wales.
Stonehenge in Wiltshire, in the winter
View along Hadrians Wall towards Housesteads Roman Fort.

Great Britain Beyond London

Beyond London, Great Britain is full of iconic sites and views. In the south, rugged coastline complements rugged terrain in places like Dartmoor National Park in Devon, an excellent location for hiking and climbing.

The city of York, with its medieval shambles, museum gardens and the enormous York Minster Cathedral, along with the stunning mountain scenery of the beautiful Lake District and deep valleys and thick forest of the Mooreland.

Explore the historical architecture of Manchester, and take in the sights and sounds of its unique waterfront destination, the Quays.

Edinburgh, the charming capital of Scotland -- sometimes referred to as the "Athens of the North" -- offers a wide variety of cultural landmarks in museums and art galleries.
Edinburgh city skyline
The impressive nave of Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire.
Roman Baths with Bath Abbey in the background, Somerset.


  • The Southwest: Devon, Cornwall & Bath

    The Southwest: Devon, Cornwall & Bath

    7 DAYS & 6 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Devon, Cornwall & Bath

    Explore the rugged and coastal landscapes of Southwest England. Devon offers stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and wide Read More »

  • London With Chester & Wales

    London with Chester & Wales

    10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Chester, Northern Wales, Cardiff & London

    From the historic base of Chester, explore 2000 years of heritage as well as nearby Liverpool, home to the Beatles. Experience Wales from north to South including charming seaside Read More »

  • Edinburgh, Scotland With Northern England

    Edinburgh, Scotland with Northern England

    10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Windermere, Harrogate, York & Edinburgh

    Embark on an exploration of the stunning beautiful Lake District of England, an area of woods, rivers, lakes and mountains that has inspired generations of painters and writers. Read More »

  • Scotland: Edinburgh, Lochs & Highlands

    Scotland: Edinburgh, Lochs & Highlands

    7 DAYS & 6 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Edinburgh, Loch Lomond & Inverness

    Explore a beautiful land of lochs and glens when you travel to Scotland with Cox & Kings. Enjoy insider experiences, stunning and varied landscapes, unique cultural Read More »

  • Northern England: Lakes, Dales & Moors

    Northern England: Lakes, Dales & Moors

    7 DAYS & 6 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Windermere, Harrogate & York

    Embark on an exploration of the stunning beautiful Lake District of England, an area of woods, rivers, lakes and mountains that has inspired generations of painters and writers. Read More »

  • Iconic England: Oxford, The Cotswolds & Stonehenge

    Iconic England: Oxford, the Cotswolds & Stonehenge

    7 DAYS & 6 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Oxford, Cotswolds & Salisbury

    On this journey, explore the quintessential sights of the England outside of London. Savor a visit to the college courtyards and libraries of the historic city of Oxford, Read More »

  • Chester & Wales

    Chester & Wales

    7 DAYS & 6 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Chester, Northern Wales & Cardiff

    From the historic base of Chester, explore 2000 years of heritage as well as nearby Liverpool, home to the Beatles. Experience Wales from north to south including charming seaside Read More »

  • Undiscovered Wales

    Undiscovered Wales

    9 DAYS & 8 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    London, Cardiff, Brecon Beacons, Caernarfon & Manchester

    From the charming capital of Cardiff to the Brecon Beacons where hills and valleys are home to unique towns like Hay-on-Wye (a book lover's paradise) and stately homes Read More »

  • British Town & Country

    British Town & Country

    6 DAYS & 5 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    London, Salisbury, Bath, Cotswolds & Oxford

    On this family-friendly exploration, you'll be educated, inspired and entertained by your expert local Cox & Kings guides as you immerse yourself in the Read More »

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

    Landscapes of Scotland

    8 DAYS & 7 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Edinburgh, Inverness, Fort William & Auchterarder

    Embark on this spectacular journey through Scotland. After exploring Edinburgh, discover mystical Loch Ness and stand in awe before the battlements of Inverlochy Castle. Travel Read More »

  • London Gateway

    London Gateway

    4 DAYS & 3 NIGHTS, Spotlight Journey

    Custom Adventures with Cox & Kings Spotlight Journeys
    From the cultural capitals of Europe and the historic Middle East to the islands of the Indian Ocean and the forests of the great Amazon, explore the highlights of the world at your own pace with Cox & Kings Spotlight Journeys. Designed by our Destination Experts, these single-destination short itineraries make it easy to extend your Private Journey with a few extra nights in a world-class destination. Alternatively, you can combine several Spotlight Journeys to create a unique adventure that's perfect for you.


    London

    Perfect to extend any of our regional British journeys by comfortable rail, London Gateway offers the opportunity to explore one of the most-visited cities in the world. Enjoy the Read More »

  • Manchester Gateway

    Manchester Gateway

    3 DAYS & 2 NIGHTS, Spotlight Journey

    Custom Adventures with Cox & Kings Spotlight Journeys
    From the cultural capitals of Europe and the historic Middle East to the islands of the Indian Ocean and the forests of the great Amazon, explore the highlights of the world at your own pace with Cox & Kings Spotlight Journeys. Designed by our Destination Experts, these single-destination short itineraries make it easy to extend your Private Journey with a few extra nights in a world-class destination. Alternatively, you can combine several Spotlight Journeys to create a unique adventure that's perfect for you.


    Manchester

    Perfect to extend any of our British journeys by convenient rail connections from the South or Scotland, Manchester Gateway gives you the opportunity to take advantage of Read More »

  • Edinburgh Gateway

    Edinburgh Gateway

    4 DAYS & 3 NIGHTS, Spotlight Journey

    Custom Adventures with Cox & Kings Spotlight Journeys
    From the cultural capitals of Europe and the historic Middle East to the islands of the Indian Ocean and the forests of the great Amazon, explore the highlights of the world at your own pace with Cox & Kings Spotlight Journeys. Designed by our Destination Experts, these single-destination short itineraries make it easy to extend your Private Journey with a few extra nights in a world-class destination. Alternatively, you can combine several Spotlight Journeys to create a unique adventure that's perfect for you.


    Edinburgh

    Perfect to extend any of our British journeys by convenient rail connections from the South, Edinburgh Gateway gives you the opportunity to discover the Scottish capital. Explore Read More »