Explore Britain’s best destinations by train

Getting older isn’t without its perks, and by your 60th birthday, you’ll have earned another – cheaper rail travel.  

While it might not seem at first like the flashiest of luxuries, being eligible for the Senior Railcard and the discounts it brings opens up a whole realm of possibilities.

If you’ve ever found yourself saying it would be nice to explore the amazing cities and towns right on your doorstep, there’s no time like the present – armed with your Railcard and 1/3 off rail travel all over the country, you can discover Britain’s biggest gems.

Ready to be inspired? Here are a few destinations you won’t want to miss. 


view on Edinburgh skyline with Edinburgh Castle and Scotts Monu

Edinburgh skyline with Edinburgh Castle

Scotland’s glittering capital city is one of the busiest stops on the East Coast Mainline and less than a five-hour trek from London Kings Cross. The journey is as magic as the destination; the railway runs right along the coast, offering staggering views over the sea and a glimpse inside the cities and towns it passes through. When you arrive Edinburgh has no shortage of treasures – from museums to galleries, Michelin-starred restaurants and a castle right bang in the middle of it, there’s no better time to visit. Find more inspiration for your visit from our Edinburgh city guide.




A short walk from the train station will bring you face to face with some of Bath’s most historic architecture. From the glittering assembly rooms that inspired Jane Austen to pen classics like Persuasion, to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Roman Baths, the city of Bath is the perfect destination for a city break and an easy destination to explore on foot. Find more inspiration for your visit from our Bath city guide. 



York Minster Abbey

Relive more than 2,000 years of British history from the walled city of York. From a brush with the Vikings to a visit to the staggering 14th century cathedral that dominated the city skyline, York has plenty to offer visitors. Beloved attractions like the National Rail Museum and Betty’s Tearoom mean there’s something here for everyone. Find more inspiration for your visit from our York city guide.


Manchester Library

Manchester Library

Cosmopolitan, cool and cultured, Manchester isn’t known as the London of the North for nothing. Greater Manchester boasts a fantastic array of sights and attractions for everyone. You can catch a game at the historic grounds of Old Trafford, shop for luxury in the city centre or jump into history at Manchester Library. Find more inspiration for your visit from our Manchester city guide.


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16th Oct 2018
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Has anyone had a definitive answer on the Railcard discount as mine is coming up for renewal & would like to know if anything has been confirmed.
5th Jun 2018
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Like others below, my senior railcard is due for renewal and I would be grateful for an update on the negotiations regarding this former, really useful discount.
17th May 2018
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Do you know if anything has been decided about having the discounted Senior Rail passes again please?
29th Mar 2018
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Yes I’m keen to know too as mine is due for renewal
26th Mar 2018
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Is there any progress in these discussions as I have to renew my railcard
3rd Mar 2018
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Is there no discount for a Senior Railcard??
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The previous offer we had for the last three years has expired, however we are in discussions with Senior Railcard at the present time and it will hopefully be renewed soon 🙂
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The previous offer we had for the last three years has expired, however, we are in discussions with Senior Railcard at the present time and it will hopefully be renewed soon 🙂
4th Dec 2015
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This is a tip for my friends on the S/Surfer's club, I took up the offer of applying for a disabled rail card, and believe me what a change it has made to our lives. First you get up to a third of the cost of your journey/trip obviously too you can reserve your seats of your choice too instead of the tiring car journey's ( more so in winter) it is definitely an advantage.

Now then unless I am preaching to the converted, Virgin trains offer passenger's the choice of an upgrade to first class trave for a nominal fee of £15per person on week=end trips,we did this recently on our way home from London after visiting our daughter and grandchildren down Essex, it was a truly wonderful experience and we would thoroughly recommend it , cheers
all the best!

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