Travelling the UK by Train & Celebrating Virgin Trains 20th Anniversary

Living in the UK has afforded me with tremendous travel opportunities. I’m still exploring this beautiful isle, but I’m also very lucky to have seen some very beautiful sights. Hailing from the American state of Texas has accustomed me to long travel distances where most of my travel has been done by car. I still like going on road trips across the UK, but one of my new favourite forms of travel is by rail. Fun fact – I had never been on a train until I first came to visit the UK!

Since catching my first train years ago I have really loved rail travel. It has become a quick favourite of mine, whether it be that I am travelling solo or that we are out exploring as a family.

Not many things surprise me now a days, but when I find out that there are a lot of you UK natives that haven’t been to many of the beautiful places this country has to offer I find myself to be quite shocked! It is so easy to travel the breadth and depth of Britain by train. Whether you are a solo traveller or are looking for a way to get the family out and about I think rail travel is one of the most effective ways to see more of this beautiful land.

Solo Travel 

If I have to go somewhere on my own I prefer to do it by train than by other forms of transport. If you’re a solo traveller safety is one of the things that you must take into consideration – especially as a female solo traveller. I like using the UK rail system to travel on my own as it helps me feel so much safer than travelling by coach.

While some rail trips can be a quick ride, such as getting the tube in London, other longer journeys give me the chance to see the country from a different angle. I like sitting in my seat with a nice drink and either working on a blog post, or just looking out the window and taking a time out from the world. Some of the most peaceful moments I’ve had are sitting on a train after a long holiday and reminiscing all while enjoying being back on British soil.

Family Travel

Don’t think that I’ve only seen the UK by rail on my own or with the other half. We’ve travelled by train with kids in tow and it was so lovely to see the excitement on their faces! There’s something about rail travel that gives even a short trip an adventurous feel, for children and the adults alike.

Instead of driving there are times when we pop on the train and head out to a neighbouring city or town to do some shopping or even to the cinema. The kids love a day out that includes train travel and say it feels like an adventure. If you have small children with you just make sure to take some snacks and some form of entertainment. One of my recent memories include dragging, literally, a 4 year old off the train when she threw a paddy after I set a no devices rule. Mortifying!

Virgin Trains are celebrating their 20th anniversary and set up a surprise performance at Euston station which was enough to bring a smile to even the grumpiest traveller that day! I would have loved to see it, but watching the video of the performance and seeing the commuters enjoy it is quite a treat itself! Check out the video to find out what song they performed and do let me know your favourite rail travel destinations so I can add them to my list.

in collaboration with Virgin Trains
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  • wow i love trains and i dont get t go on them enough than i would like to , wow really theyre that old now x

  • We rarely go on trains, unless travelling into London,but we did recently take the train to Portsmouth and it was so much nicer than travelling by car. My husband has been looking at other journeys we can now do x

  • I agree that there is a feeling of adventure when traveling by train. It’s also a great point that train travel is probably a safer option when you are a solo traveler. It’s really great that we have so many options for exploring the country by train in the UK, it really does make is much easier to see so many places.

  • Other then subways, I’ve never taken a legit trip on a train! This seems like it would be such a cool experience!

  • Love train travel, literally booked my virgin train tickets to London a few days ago lol. Thanks for sharing hun x

  • I used to get the Virgin east coast service from London to Hull, until I moved up here! It’s a great service though x

  • Relying mostly on buses to get around that using the train is a lovely luxury. I also think it is important to travel around the UK

  • I was at Euston earlier and will be there for most of this week as well! I had no idea that it was Virgin Train’s 20th anniversary x

  • I love exploring my own country and trains are so much nicer than having to drive and deal with traffic x

  • I’m quite lucky that my local train line can take me all the way from London to Scotland so there’s plenty of places for me to visit via train travel x

  • I’d love to do a bit more solo travelling this year. I’ve also never used Virgin trains before, so need to check out where they go!

  • My husband can’t travel in cars without getting sick so we have to travel by train everywhere. We travelled all through Europe by train. I think you see more of the countryside then by going by car. xx

  • It’s quite exciting getting on the train to go somewhere I don’t get to do it nearly often enough. I normally go with others never on my own.

  • I travel by train whenever we go anywhere I find it quite relaxing, I just wish there was more room for luggage x

  • Jemma

    I love train travel, its a great way to travel quickly but relaxed 🙂

  • Angela Milnes

    I haven’t experience train travel but I bet this is so much fun and a great way to spent time with my hubby

  • I love solo travel! I go to a lot of places on my own and I always go by train!

  • That’s one thing I’m very thankful for in the UK, our train network lets you visit some amazing places almost anywhere in the country, and for a lot of them you can be there and back inside a day.

  • Trains are so much nicer than driving With the availability of wifi on trains now I find myself looking at my phone far too much rather than taking an interest in the scenery!

  • I never used to go anywhere in the UK, but in the last two years I have spread my wings! I love train travel and go to London and Birmingham a lot. Sadly these are not serviced by Virgin but I wish they were!

  • I’m on trains all the time, I love exploring the UK and tend to use the train. I do wish it wasn’t so expensive though! xo

  • i am always traveling on trains, something very sweet and movie like and have taken the virgin trains many times!!!

  • I quite like going on trains, they are so convenient!

  • Ashton Gibbs

    Trains are just so easy when it comes to getting from A to B! And Virgin Trains are especially pleasant. 🙂 I love the video, it’s so fun! xx