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A petrol crisis and fuel shortages make a road trip all but impossible, but it doesn’t mean Britons cannot get away somewhere truly beautiful this autumn. In 2019, Britons spent 115 hours in traffic, so for a true change of pace, hopping on a train may be a welcome respite.

Some of the most picturesque holiday spots around the UK look just like overseas destinations, and there are all on the rail network.

With fuel shortages, nightmare traffic and overseas holiday restrictions, Britons in need of a holiday may want to choose a UK holiday spot reachable by rail.

And some destinations may even fool Britons into thinking they jetted off to an overseas location.

East Sussex

Britons may go to Bordeaux in the south of France, or they can head to East Sussex.

Wine lovers will enjoy a glass with picturesque views on many estates around the county.

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The county produces some fantastic British wines that Briton can enjoy straight from the source.

Bolney Wine Estate in Haywards Heath or Rathfinny Wine Estate in Polegate have offerings that rival French spots.

And with locations such as Rye and Alfriston accessible by rail, Britons will be able to easily explore East Sussex, and its wines.


Bruges in Belgium is a beautiful city with picturesque canals.

Britons who want to stay in the UK can head to Cambridge for a city break.

With five colleges to visit, punting on the River Cam and a lively market square, Cambridge makes a great alternative to Bruges.

The South Downs

Britons after rolling hills and beautiful views over the countryside can head to Tuscany.

Or they can get the train to the South Downs.

Views as far as the eye can see and days spent in nature, the English countryside has much to offer.

St Albans

Italy has many beautiful religious buildings.

But so does the UK.

St Albans’ Cathedral and Abbey Church is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain.

The Abbey was founded in the 8th century and Britons can visit every day for free.

Myriam Walburger, PR and marketing director at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “We’re very fortunate to have so many incredible destinations across our rail network.

“Lots of people are opting to ‘staycation’ this year, visiting some fabulous UK hotspots and making up for lost time with friends and family.”

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express, and Britons can take advantage of the kids for £2 offer on all routes except Gatwick Express.
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