From rolling hills and valleys to dramatic peaks and quaint market towns, the lush and diverse English landscape is perfectly suited to traveling by train. If you’re partial to a picturesque rail journey and you want to take a memorable English break, consider traveling on one of these London popular train routes for quick and easy connections out of the capital:

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London popular train routes

London to Cambridge

Cambridge is a picturesque and historic city that’s hugely popular with tourists from both home and abroad. While it may be best known for higher education, there’s more to Cambridge than just academics, students and universities. Top attractions in the city include the Botanic Gardens, Kings’ College Chapel, the Fitzwilliam Museum and boat rentals for punting on the iconic River Cam. Cambridge is also home to buzzing nightlife and a selection of world-class bars and eateries.

If you’re considering taking a trip to the so-called ‘Silicon Fen’, you’ll be happy to learn that it’s possible to get from London Saint Pancras International to Cambridge station in less than an hour.

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London to Peterborough

Peterborough is a beautiful cathedral city located in the east of England that’s home to a variety of family-friendly tourist attractions. The most popular of these include Big Sky Adventure Play, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Peterborough Lido and the iconic Cresset Theatre. You can even experience some prehistoric scares at the newly unveiled ‘T Rex: The Killer Question’ exhibition at Peterborough Cathedral, if you dare!

It’s possible to get to the city of Peterborough in approximately 1 hour 15 mins from Kings Cross & St Pancras, with some trains arriving in just 45 minutes. Given its proximity to the capital, Peterborough is a consistently popular choice with Londoners seeking a weekend break away from the Big Smoke.

London to Kings Lynn

Situated in the county of Norfolk, Kings Lynn is a charming port and market town that’s perfect for a day trip or weekend break away from the capital.

Accessible from London Kings Cross in less than 2 hours, Kings Lynn is home to some top tourist attractions including the stately National Trust home Oxburgh Hall and the stunning Snettisham Park, which is home to a working farm as well as a resident deer population. Other notable places to visit if you’re holidaying in Kings Lynn include The Walks, Castle Rising, Kings Lynn Minster and Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trails.

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London to Oxford

Oxford is renowned internationally as one of Europe’s oldest and most picturesque towns. As many Harry Potter fans know, the University of Oxford was featured in some of the films and places like the Bodleian Library and Christ Church College still attract tourists from all over the world. Oxford also offers a window on the Cotswolds, where charming villages and day trips into nature are thtere to welcome Londoners in need of a break from the capital.

Oxford can be reached directly from London in roughly 75 minutes!

I hope this post inspires you to take one of the London popular train routes to explore the English landscape by train. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below.


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