Boat trips and steam trains are perfect ways to experience the English Riviera and the vast green landscape that covers the North of England. You can enjoy boat trips that encompass fishing excursions, sightseeing trips or simply help to cross the bay.
On the other hand, steam trains will take you through spectacular countryside and experience attractions, which have been the ‘star’ for various popular movies such as ‘The Railway Children’ and ‘Harry Potter.’ There are numerous attractions on board steam trains, which will guarantee a fun-filled day for you and your children to enjoy and remember. Here is a list of steam train and boat trips available in the North of England:
1. Prince Bishop River Cruiser
The next time you visit Durham don’t forget to book a one-hour cruise with Prince Bishop River Cruiser. This cruise will take you through truly scenic and breathtaking sites that are the city’s most celebrated places as you enjoy and marvel upon a unique and handsome vessel cruising along the River Wear.
The cruise gives you a unique perspective to sight-seeing some of the most amazing historic sites in Durham. As your trip reaches the Cathedral, you will get the opportunity to experience magnificent views of the city’s castle, bridges and several buildings of Durham University. All cruises provide an informative and interactive guide commentary so that you are able to learn a thing or two about the city.
2. Tanfield Railway
Looking to plan a great day out with the family, consider visiting the Tanfied Railway, which is a benchmarked gauge heritage railway, situated only half an hour from Newcastle and within easy reach of Tyneside, Wearside and County Durham. Enjoy great picturesque views by booking a memorable trip on the steam trains that take you on a 6-mile round trip from Sunniside in Gateshead to East Tanfied near Stanley.
At Tanfield Railway, you will find that the steam trains are running on Europe’s oldest working engine and it is home to the world’s oldest railway bridge. Therefore, if you are a keen railway enthusiast this is a must-see place to enjoy and reminiscence the oldest railway heritage in history.
Along with the steam trains, you can enjoy various festivities that Tanfield Railway hosts throughout the year such as Easter Eggstravaganza, a classic VW weekend and a Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
3. The Scarborough Spa Express
There are several steam train trips available in the North of England; however, the Scarborough Spa Express is an attractive vintage steam engine, which allows you to marvel the North Yorkshire’s wonderful countryside, the historic city of York or the glorious seaside town of Scarborough.
You can take pleasure in eyeing the picturesque views through the large windows on these majestic trains. They will take you en route a circular journey, which includes passes through Normanton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Wakefield Westgate, Woodlesford, Castleford and arriving in York to continue onwards to Scaraborough.
You will find a buffet on board every train, which offers hot and cold snacks and drinks as you relax during the trip. Make the most of your trip up north and travel by rail. Cheap train tickets are available when you book directly with the rail company and when you purchase well ahead of time.