Forget the road trip; 2018 is the year of the Rail Trip.

Not only is it a greener, stress-free alternative to driving, it’s a chance to take a journey with your mates, enjoy a drink (or two!) and see some places you’ve never seen before. Plus, if you take advantage of group rates, you can save a packet too.

And, while we’re not suggesting you visit all 2,563 rail stations in Britain like one couple we can think of, we’ve been having a good think about some of the best places you can go on a ‘Railway Day’ with your friends. So, without further ado, here’s our top 5!


Put simply, the biggest city in the UK. London has hundreds of attractions to choose from so your friendship group will never struggle to find something you all want to do together. In fact, Waterloo Station alone had nearly 100,000,000 entries and exits in the past year.

From the beauty of nature at Kew Gardens, wonderful museums and galleries such as The Natural History Museum and the Tate Modern, to trendy bars in East London, there’s something for everyone in this truly global city.

Hop on a train to London from Birmingham from just £8. 


Manchester is absolutely buzzing at the moment.

It’s the city that hosts not one but two of the world’s best football clubs; Manchester City and Manchester United, where you can catch a game or take a stadium tour. If your friends are all footy mad, then there’s the National Football Museum too!

It’s the city of iconic music, that spawned Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Smiths and many more. Take a trip to one of the many music venues and bars in Manchester that continue this fantastic tradition.

And it’s the birthplace of industry, where the first steam-powered mill and microcomputer were invented. Geek out at the Museum of Science and Industry if you and your mates are into that sort of thing...

Get to Manchester by train from London from £22.

Old Trafford


Take a Magical Mystery Tour with your mates to Liverpool, home of the Fab Four. All You Need is Love… and a group train ticket, obviously. Check out the Cavern Club, where they had their first gig.

But Liverpool has so much more than The Beatles, the Museum of Liverpool and the Tate Liverpool are world class and the Albert Dock oozes with history.

What’s more, Chester Zoo, the UK’s most visited zoo, is a short train journey from Liverpool and well worth a visit for animal lovers.

Pile onto the train with your friends to Liverpool - it’s as cheap as £17 from London.

Pelicans at Chester Zoo


A medieval city of culture and stunning views at every turn, Edinburgh is the perfect destination for a group trip.

Whether heading there for the famous Fringe Festival or to see the spectacular castle, getting to Edinburgh on the train is the stylish way to arrive; the views through the Scottish countryside are worth the fare alone!

While you’re there, pick up a dram of whisky to enjoy on the train back.
While we don’t tell tickets for the Caledonian Sleeper, we welcome its First Class passengers into our lounge at Euston.

Get to Edinburgh with Virgin Trains from just £30 from London.

Edinburgh Castle


Foodies; if you haven’t visited Birmingham you haven’t lived! Brummies invented the Balti curry and has some of the finest Indian eateries this side of Delhi.

Not only that, but if your friends have a sweet tooth, then they absolutely must explore the Cadbury’s chocolate factory. Go to find out how they make Britain’s favourite chocolate and stay for the free samples!

Birmingham’s also the home of many fine museums and art galleries and to Edgbaston cricket ground if you fancy catching a game together.

Trains to Birmingham from London cost from just £8.


There’s some fantastic destinations around the UK to visit as a group so why not check out our group travel deals or consider a Family & Friends railcard?

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