Travelling with your little ones can be great fun, but it’s not always easy to keep them entertained. Favourite videos and games will help up to a point, but it’s handy – and healthy – to look beyond the screen and enjoy spotting some sights together.


If you regularly take the train from London to Liverpool, you’ll know it’s a route that passes through scenic parts of the country. At just over two hours from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street and with departures every hour, we think there’s a sight for every kid to enjoy, from the suspiciously still cows in Milton Keynes to famous bridges, Victorian viaducts, and even bigger bridges.


195 miles and counting read up on the best sights below and keep the kids (and yourself!) entertained for the journey. This, combined with our downloadable colour in map will be sure to keep them entertained.



Keep the kids entertained

Berkhamsted Castle


 

Distance from London: 27.3 miles


Nearest station: Berkhamsted


First up is the amazing ruins of Berkhamsted Castle, less than thirty miles outside of London. Point out that it’s even older than grandad, and was built in the 11th century to control who the Normans let in and out of London. If the kids have covered it in school, talk about the Battle of Hastings and how William the Conqueror received the submission of the English here in the 1060s.


Berkhamsted Castle

 Bridego Bridge: Scene of the Great Train Robbery


Distance from London: 38 miles


Nearest Station: Cheddington


You’ve probably seen the classic movie based on this heist this little bridge is the scene of the 1963 Great Train Robbery, where £2.6 million was stolen as it travelled by train from Glasgow to London in the wee hours.


The robbery is one of the most famous and romanticised in the United Kingdom, and most of the money has never been recovered. Ask the little ones where they think it’s hidden!

 

The Concrete Cows


Distance from London: 49.6 miles


Nearest station: Milton Keynes Central


You’ll find these near Milton Keynes station, standing very still in a field on the outskirts of the city. Created in 1978, these poor cows often get “adapted” in funny ways by the local population. Get the kids to add their own flair to the picture once it’s coloured in.


The Concrete Cows

 

Wolverton Viaduct


Distance from London: 51.5 miles


Nearest station: Wolverton


Built to carry The London and Birmingham Railway (L&BR) over the Great River Ouse, you can tell the kids all about how important viaducts were for steam trains and early rail travel or ask them to guess how much iron was used in the construction.


P. S. Here’s the answer so you can look knowledgeable – 160 tonnes (about the same weight as one and a half blue whales).

 

Whilton Marina


Distance from London: 70.8 miles


Nearest station: Rugby


Who doesn’t like boats? Located near Whilton Locks, this marina has over 200 moorings full of colourful narrowboats that you can see very close to the tracks. A good time to educate them on the wonders of Rosie and Jim!


Hadrian’s Arch


Distance from London: 128 miles


Nearest station: Stafford


Copycats aren’t cool, but we’ll let Admiral Anson away with it. Built in the mid-1700s near his home at Shugborough Hall, this arch is a copy of the famous Arch in Athens and commemorates his life at sea.


Admiral Anson circumnavigated the globe, starting out with six ships and returning with just three (but a lot of captured treasure!) almost four years later.


Hadrians Arch

 

Mill Meece Pumping Station


Distance from London: 143 miles


Nearest station: Norton Bridge


A nifty piece of engineering, this station pumped water from boreholes to a reservoir nearby, making sure the local population had enough fresh water. If your kids love steam trains and industrial-era machinery, make sure you show them this video of the engines at work.

 

Vale Royal Locks

Distance from London: 169 miles


Nearest station: Hartford


If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed the London to Liverpool line follows a canal for a large section of the journey Vale Royal is an integral part of the British Canal system, and this particular section has been in use for over 250 years!


It’s notable for being particularly large, so it’s easy to spot from the window.

 

Ethelfleda Viaduct

Distance from London: 184 miles


Nearest station: Runcorn


It’s looking a lot like Merseyside by this point in your journey. This bridge crosses over Liverpool’s very own river, and when it was opened in 1868 it was the longest of its type in the world.


Make sure the kids colour in the three shields on the bridge the coat of arms of London, the Britannia railway crest, and the Liver Bird of Liverpool. Got them curious? Fill the return journey with the origins of the mythical Liver Bird.


Runcorn Railway Bridge

 

Williamson Tunnels

Distance from London: 194 miles


Nearest station: Liverpool Lime Street


Although these can’t actually be seen being underground the tunnels were built between 1810 and 1840 by Joseph Williamson for purposes that remain mysterious today.  


Try to have a guess at what they were used for and see who gets closer to the most popular answers – a secret cult, a nefarious smuggling passage, or a purely pointless exercise by an eccentric.

 

End of the Line

How about that for a fast two-and-a-bit hours? It’s just a moment or two beyond the Williamson Tunnels until your arrival in Liverpool Lime Street, so make sure you’re ready to get going on the next part of your adventure. And parents, we promise we won’t tell if you printed a colouring page for yourself.

 

Liverpool

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