With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d give you a helping hand with romantic breaks in the UK by train, for those of you who are still stumped for ideas. Combine with our cheapest fare finder search to save you money and set hearts a-fluttering!
We couldn’t give you a rundown of some of our favourite romantic destinations by train without mentioning the Carnforth Station. For those of you not in the know, Carnforth station played host to the infamous train station scene in the 1945 David Lean classic film, Brief Encounters.
Starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, Carnforth was chosen as the location for Brief Encounters, by the Ministry of War Transport as it was remote and safe from attack and filming had to take place at night between 10pm and 6am so as not to interfere with daytime train operations. So Carnforth Refreshment Room must have been a handy spot for filming with fresh coffee on tap for tired cast and crew members.
But it’s not just the train station that holds a romantic charm; Carnforth itself is an ideal place for a Valentine’s break, with its picturesque surrounding villages and beautiful countryside. You could visit Warton Crag which overlooks Carnforth and is ideal for hiking, climbing and abseiling. The village of Warton, the ancestral home of America’s first President, George Washington, is well worth discovering too. Check out our cheapest fare finder to see what you could save when you book through National Rail Enquiries.
One of the longest and most beautiful journeys by train in the UK has to be the London – Edinburgh in our humble opinion. Racing through some of the most beautiful countryside to be seen in the UK, this 5 hour journey will fly by when topped off with a stay in the grand, Scottish beauty of Edinburgh, with its plethora of 5 star hotels, restaurants and bars. You could even take the sleeper train and arrive fresh as a daisy in London/Edinburgh the very next morning.
Plan your journey with our online journey planner in time for this Valentine’s Day.
Having been home to the world-renowned romantic novelist, Jane Austen, World Heritage site and spa town, Bath could be the perfect stop for a weekend away this Valentines, with its grand Georgian terraces and thermals springs, promising to revitalise even the most weary of travelers. Bath is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in naturally hot spa water and original Roman-style bath. You can even enjoy the sunset whilst relaxing in the hot waters with a Twilight spa package, overlooking the picturesque silhouettes of Bath’s historic architecture. Find the cheapest fare from your local railway station to Bath using our cheapest fare finder.
Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand in hand, so we’d be remiss if wedidn’t include York, Britain’s Home for Chocolate in our top destinations. York is a city built from chocolate, so you’ll never be far away from a delicious, chocolatey reminder of the city’s past, whether in the shape of Chocolatier classes to mouth-watering chocolate shops dotted all over York. If you or your loved one adores chocolate, then York is the place to be this Valentine’s! Plan and book you journey to York this Valentine’s with National Rail Enquiries.
Now, we couldn’t end our top pick of romantic getaways by train without mentioning Wales, home to St Dwynwen’s Day, the Welsh patron saint of lovers. Whilst no longer recognised by the Vatican as being an official saint, Dwynwen – whose names translates to “she who leads a blessed life” – still enjoys great popularity throughout Wales, especially in her home county of Anglesey and is celebrated on the 25th January every year.
Dwynwen was said to have devoted her life to God and had set up a convent on the island of Llanddwyn, off the coast of Anglesey. The remains of the church can still be seen on the island, along with Dwynwen’s well. It’s believed the well is home to sacred fish who can predict whether couples relationships will succeed; if the fish are seen to be active when visiting the well, it was seen as a sign of a faithful husband. The well has since become a place of pilgrimage for young Welsh lovers since Dwynwen’s death in the 5th century. If that’s not romantic enough for you, then the stunning beauty of Anglesey’s 125 miles of coastline should definitely do the trick!
Dydd santes dwynwen hapus to you all!