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There is something undeniably romantic about travelling by train around Great Britain. Perhaps it is the grand architecture of our historic railway stations, the beautiful scenes of rolling countryside and quaint villages passing by the window. Whatever the reason, journeying by train adds a real sense of adventure to any trip and is the most scenic and relaxing way to discover the real Britain.
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One of the globe’s most famous fortresses, the Tower of London has seen service as a royal palace, prison, armoury and even a zoo. Today, it’s a World Heritage Site, where you’ll be dazzled by the Crown Jewels; hear tales from the Tower on a Yeoman Warder tour and see where Henry VIII’s wives Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard are thought to have been executed.
One of Britain’s most recognisable landmarks, Buckingham Palace is the office and official residence of the Queen. From the end of July to September the Queen opens her home to visitors, giving you the chance to tour the lavish State Rooms and garden, and see some great treasures from the Royal Collection along the way. And don’t forget to catch the spectacular Changing the Guard ceremony - free to watch - daily from April to July, and on alternate days for the rest of the year.
Kensington Palace has been home to many members of the Royal Family including Queen Victoria, Diana Princess of Wales, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Pay the palace a visit and discover stories from Queen Victoria's life told in her own words in the Victoria Revealed exhibition and uncover the secrets of a fragile dynasty in the Queen's State Apartments.
Not only is Windsor Castle the Queen’s favourite residence, it’s also the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Don’t miss the magnificent State Apartments, St George’s Chapel (the burial ground of 10 monarchs) and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House - the most famous dolls’ house in the world.
Westminster Abbey is steeped in over 1,000 years of history, and has been the setting for the coronation of every English monarch from 1066. It has also seen 16 royal weddings, including the Queen’s marriage to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and most recently, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The magnificent Hampton Court Palace in Richmond, London, was Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence. Step back in time for a taste of Tudor life in Henry VIII’s kitchens; lose yourself in the famous Hampton Court Maze and explore the Hampton Court gardens – internationally renowned for being among the most beautiful gardens in the world.
Sandringham House in Norfolk is one of the Queen’s favourite houses, and where she chooses to spend Christmas with her family. Since 1862, Sandringham has been the private home of 4 generations of monarchs and was once described as ‘The most comfortable house in England’. Open to the public from March to October.
Perched on top of an extinct volcano at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle is the city’s most popular tourist attraction. It became Scotland's chief royal castle in the Middle Ages and is now home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.
Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire has been a private Scottish home of the British Royal Family ever since. The Queen and her family usually spend their summer on the estate, which opens its grounds, gardens and Castle Ballroom to the public from April to July each year.
No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. The palace is best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots – she was married here, and witnessed the brutal killing of her secretary in her private apartments. A tour of the Palace will take you to the State Apartments, the gardens and the Queen’s Gallery, where you’ll find changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.
Feast on delicious local food, from Scottish haggis to Cornish pasties.
Arbroath Smokies, Arbroath, Scotland
An Arbroath Smokie is a haddock that has been salted and smoked over hardwood to produce a fish with an intense, rich smoky flavour and burnished copper colouring. The fish are now protected by the European Commission in the same way as Champagne – only haddock smoked in the traditional manner within an 8km radius of Arbroath are considered the genuine article.
We’ve all heard of haggis. But do we actually know what it is? Generally, haggis is the minced offal of a sheep, pig or cow mixed with suet, onions, oatmeal, spices and seasoning boiled in the stomach of the animal. Not for the squeamish, then, but if you hunt down good quality haggis you’ll be surprised how delicious it is.
Devonshire cream teas, Devon, England
Devonshire clotted cream is a thick, velvety cream that’s especially good spread over a freshly baked scone with a generous helping of strawberry jam to go with it. You just need a pot of hot tea to wash it down and you’ve got a real Devonshire cream tea.
A nationwide obsession that comes in a bewildering array of styles and flavours. Try tangy Blue Stilton, made at only 6 dairies worldwide by law; tasty, nettle-wrapped Yarg from Cornwall or the original and best Cheddar from the West Country. We produce over 700 named cheeses throughout the UK, so you’re bound to find something to your taste.
Cornish Pasty, Cornwall, England
Another local legend that has been tainted by mass production is the Cornish pasty. The Cornish Pasty Association states that “a genuine Cornish pasty has a distinctive 'D' shape and is crimped on one side, never on top. The texture of the filling for the pasty is chunky, made up of uncooked minced or roughly cut chunks of beef (not less than 12.5%), swede or turnip, potato and onion and a light peppery seasoning”. Accept no imitations, head to Cornwall and track down the real thing.
Welsh Cakes, Wales
Wherever you go in Wales, chances are you’ll be offered a Welsh cake at some point during your stay. Often they’re served warm with a big mug of tea. People usually have their own family recipe, but the standard version is a modest round of cake packed with dried fruit and dusted with sugar. For a special treat, try their Welsh Whisky Welshcakes, infused with Penderyn single malt.