Great Britain by Train – Episode 865

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UK Two Week Itinerary by Train (Podcast) - A two-week to the UK by train including: London, Bath, Cardiff, Liverpool or the Lake District, Edinburgh, and York

Hear about a UK two-week itinerary by train as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tracy Collins from about a train trip in the country that invented trains.


We start in London. Spend some time visiting some of the iconic sites like the Tower of London or Westminster Abbey. Visit the great museums of London like Tracy’s favorite, the Victoria and Albert Museum. Then we start our journey to see England, Wales, and Scotland from Paddington Station.


Visit the historic Roman Baths from which Bath gets its name. Visit the magnificent Bath Abbey.
Stroll through the iconic Royal Crescent with its Georgian Architecture.
Immerse yourself in Jane Austen’s world at the Jane Austen Centre.

As a side trip from Bath, consider one of the following

  • Tour the stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury.
  • Explore the awe-inspiring Salisbury Cathedral.
  • Take a scenic train ride to the picturesque Cotswolds.


Travel to the capital of Wales, Cardiff. 
Explore the historic Cardiff Castle.
Embark on an exciting Cardiff Dr. Who Tour.
Visit the impressive Principality Stadium.

Option 1: Liverpool

Take a train to Liverpool, the home of The Beatles.
Join the magical Mystery Tour to learn about the Fab Four.
Visit the historic Albert Dock including the International Slavery Museum.

Option 2: Lake District

Explore Bowness-on-Windermere, a charming lakeside town.
Visit Dove Cottage, the former home of William Wordsworth.
Experience the charm of Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s House.


Take a train to Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh.
Walk the Royal mile from Edinburgh Castle to the historic Holyrood Palace.
Hike up Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill for stunning views.
Dare to venture into the mysterious Edinburgh Vaults.

As a side trip from Edinburgh consider:

  • Travel to nearby Glasgow.
  • Admire The Kelpies, Scotland’s mythical horse sculptures.
  • Visit St Andrews, the birthplace of golf.


Take the Jacobite Steam Train through Tracy’s native Northumberland to the city of York.
Explore the Roman history at the Roman Bath in York.
Discover the Viking legacy at the Jorvik Viking Centre.
Wander through the charming Shambles.
Visit the wonderful Railway Museum.

Return back to London.


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Show Notes

UK Travel Planning
See the best of Britain by train (2 week itinerary + maps & tips)
London Travel Planning
Tower of London
Westminster Abbey
Victorian and Albert Museum
Visit Bath
Paddington Station
Bath Abbey
Royal Cresent (Bath)
Jane Austen Centre (Bath)
Salisbury Cathedral
Castle Combe
Stonehenge and Avebury tours
Sally Lunn’s bakery (Bath)
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Dr Who Tour
Principality Stadium (Cardiff)
Magic Mystery Tour (Liverpool)
Lake District
Dove Cottage (home of William Wordsworth)
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s House
The World’s End (Edinburgh)
Holyrood Palace
Arthur’s Seat
Calton Hill
Greyfriars Kirkyard
Edinburgh Vaults
The Kelpies
St Andrews
The Jacobite (steam train)
Fort William, Scotland
Isle of Skye
Roman Bath, York
Jorvik Viking Centre
The Shambles
Railway Museum
National Rail


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

2 Responses to “Great Britain by Train – Episode 865”



Great itinerary. However, I would not forgive myself if I visited the UK for 14 days and not visited Cambridge and/or Oxford.

Tracy Collins


Hi Rick – as a lover of both Oxford and Cambridge I was torn between adding one of them but with 14 days we chose the best train routes (a couple of changes would be needed for Oxford/Cambridge from Edinburgh)so York made the most sense (and of course its a beautiful city. And of course you can tailor the itinerary to suit your own interests.

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