What could be a more exciting way to spend the weekend than a family day out on the train? Be it a trip to the country surrounded by stunning scenery or an action-packed city break – there is so much for you and your little ones to explore by train.
Trains are usually affordable, especially if you buy split tickets, which makes them perfect for budget-conscious families.
Plan ahead for the best experience
It’s best to plan ahead and make sure you are fully prepared for your big family day out on the train. Whether you’re journeying to the coast or venturing to a famous UK city, you want to plan an itinerary and ensure you have everything you need for your trip.
When planning a family day out on the train, don’t forget to pack some snacks and drinks. You can always buy drinks and nibbles on board, but it won’t be cheap. Most trains have toilets onboard, so you can get your needs taken care of without having to stop along the way.
If there’s something specific that you and your family want to see at your arrival destination, be sure to check the train timetable beforehand so that you don’t miss any of the amazing sights and scenery. The best tip would be to book train tickets in advance and leave plenty of time to get to the train station.
Where can families visit on the train?
If you’re planning to embark on a seaside or countryside adventure, we’re sure nature will do its trick and provide you with several opportunities for you and your kid to have fun for completely free. From scenic walks and games on the beach to be at one with nature, you can explore places like the Yorkshire Dales, Snowdon, the Peak District and an endless selection of coastal towns by simply hopping on a train.
What can families do on a budget?
If you’re heading to the city or an urban area you haven’t explored before, we’re sure there will be various free and low-cost activities for your kids to enjoy.
Museums are often free and affordable for families and provide lots of educational activities and artefacts for people of all ages to enjoy. Most popular towns and cities in the UK have many museums and attractions within proximity of their main train station, so you won’t have to worry too much about sorting out other modes of transport.
Make sure to enjoy and make the most of the train journey
You’d be wrong if you think using a train is solely for getting from one place to another. Some of the most picturesque and incredible views of the UK’s landscape can be seen from many rail routes all over the country. So be sure to let your kids have the window seat for extra excitement.