Great Britain

A blend of rich history and tradition injected with modern influence, Great Britain is one of the most visited European destinations. It offers a palette of world-famous sights, museums, top nightlife and picturesque countryside. Scotland, England and Wales are its 3 distinct countries - varied in character, yet all breathing with British flavour. Venture off the European mainland for some time spent discovering everything that Great Britain has to offer.

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Great Britain quick facts

  • Population: 63 million

  • Language: English

  • Currency: Pound (GBP)

  • Dialing code: +44

Trains in Great Britain

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Places to visit

Bridge of sighs, Oxford
Bridge of sighs, Oxford

Bags of history and culture

Edinburgh is both Scotland’s capital and its throbbing heartbeat. With Edinburgh Castle proudly perched up on a hill, this city exudes energy and a mythical charm. Join the friendly locals for a beer in Edinburgh’s rowdy bars and see if you can keep up with them. In the south of England is one of the country’s most famous university cities – Oxford. Not only home to the University of Oxford and its 38 colleges, the oldest dating back over 700 years. The city is also a vibrant place with a university feel and plenty of events going on.

Edinburgh’s main train station – Edinburgh Waverley – is conveniently located right in the centre of the city. Oxford train station is a 10-minute walk from the city centre.

Lake district, Cumbria
Lake district, Cumbria

British countryside splendour

Venture out of the city and be surprised by the overwhelming beauty of England’s Lake District. Marvel at luscious green mountains and picture-perfect lakes, as well as exploring surrounding towns and villages, each quintessentially English in their own right. You’ll find further landscape brimming with mountains in the Scottish Highlands, which you can travel to by using your rail pass and taking a train from Edinburgh. Explore Britain’s Ben Nevis, Loch Ness and stumble upon sandy beaches and an unexpected array of wildlife.

A popular starting point for entering the Lake District is the town of Kendal, which has its own train station. From Edinburgh, ScotRail provides services to the more rural areas of the Scottish Highlands.

Fistral beach, New Quay
Fistral beach, New Quay

Get active in Britain’s great outdoors

Off England’s south west coast you'll find the top surfing paradise Newquay. The small town’s famous Fistral Beach is a favourite with surf board fanatics and has hosted international surfing competitions for over 20 years. Once you’ve worn yourself out fighting the waves, you can find your second wind at one of Newquay’s cheesy bars. For the energetic, why not sign up for the Three Peaks Challenge, which involves hiking up the three highest peaks of England (Scafell Pike), Scotland (Ben Nevis) and Wales (Snowdon), whilst taking in the great British scenery

Fistral Beach is a 20-minute walk from Newquay’s main train station. The Three Peaks Challenge can be arranged through an organisation or independently – but do be aware that it’s easy to get lost on the mountains.

Big Ben, London
Big Ben, London

London: Dive into the world’s most captivating melting pot

A visit to London will reveal a multitude of reminders of Britain’s previous world dominance, mixed up with splatterings of cosmopolitan cool and age-old traditions. Get an extraordinary view over the whole of London on board the London Eye – Europe’s largest Ferris wheel. Then roam the city by foot and be wowed by how many exciting attractions and famous monuments the city has to offer. Check out London’s free museums, including the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Tate Britain gallery.

The London Eye is a 10-minute walk from London’s Waterloo train station. Both the Natural History Museum and Science Museum are located 5 minutes by foot from South Kensington tube station. The Tate Britain is a 10-minute walk from Vauxhall train station.

Brighton
Brighton

Unrivalled party scenes

Great nightlife is not just confined to London, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Make a visit to Britain’s vibrant ‘gay capital’ – Brighton – on the pebbled south coast. This beloved seaside city is quirky, cosmopolitan and arguably one of England’s liveliest spots. Hit Digital, one of the favourite clubs in town, pumping out an eclectic mix of tunes. Manchester – once an important manufacturing city – has recently become another one of England’s coolest party places. Pay a visit to the legendary Sankey’s for world-class electronic and dance tunes.

To reach Brighton’s Digital take the bus towards the beach, get off at the pier and from there it is a 5-minute walk. Sankey’s in Manchester is a 10-minute walk from Piccadilly Gardens tram stop.

Events

Notting Hill Carnival, London
Notting Hill Carnival, London

Notting Hill carnival

August 27 - August 28, 2016

Over 2 days around 1 million revellers take to the streets of Notting Hill for one of the world’s largest street festivals. Expect parades emblazoned with vibrant and colourful costumes, stalls offering delicious Caribbean food and an atmosphere to rival that of Rio Carnival.

Notting Hill can be reached by metro but during the carnival it is recommended to travel to a nearby station and walk in.

Up Helly Aa Day

January 31, 2017

Every year, Scotland celebrates the end of the yule season (Scottish Christmas) with one of the most impressive fire festivals in Europe. The biggest celebration takes place in Lerwick, the capital of Shetland Islands. Up Helly Aa Day consists on a variety of exhibitions that lead to a magnificent fire procession culminating in the burning of the Galley (a Viking Longship). Don’t miss your chance to visit one of the most authentic Scottish festivities and islands.

A ferry from Aberdeen will take you to Lerwick.

Wakestock festival, Bangor
Wakestock festival, Bangor

Wakestock festival

July 7 - July 9, 2017

A summer festival celebrating wakeboarding and music side by side. The festival is held at a beautiful beach location on Cardigan Bay with a backdrop of Snowdonia.

Get a train to Bangor and then pick up a bus that will bring you direct to the festival.

Edinburgh Festival
Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh festival

August 4 - August 28, 2017

This popular 3-week festival showcases international theatre, music, dance and visual work in the heart of the Edinburgh.

The events during the Edinburgh festival are held at different venues around the city.

Interrail passes for Great Britain

Most popular passes with Great Britain

Interrail Global Pass from € 175

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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Interrail Great Britain Pass from € 135

The Interrail Great Britain Pass makes train travel in Great Britain very convenient. Visit all highlights of England, Wales and Scotland.

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