Top 10 stays for Railway Enthusiasts

Notice to all Train Buffs… If you’re looking for a short break or weekend away with a difference, browse our hand-picked list of railway related holiday accommodation.

The team at Historic UK have scoured the country to put together our favourite ten stays for railway enthusiasts. So, re-live the golden age of rail travel by staying in a former signal box, a cliff railway apartment, or perhaps an Old Railway Station hotel, set in luxuriously restored Pullman carriages.

So, in no special order:

  1. Southern Bell, Hayling Island, Hampshire.

Sleeps 8. Lovingly converted from two former railway carriages, step right on to the pebble beach from the garden of this truly unique beach house.

  1. The Signal Box, Loddiswell Station, nr. Kingsbridge, Devon.

Sleeps 4. Standing on the route of the former Great Western Railway ’Primrose Line’, the Signal Box  has been extensively renovated and converted into a wonderful holiday property.

  1. The Railway House, Burnham Market, Norfolk.

Converted from the former Station Master’s house, this small luxury hotel now offers eight stylish en suite bedrooms.

  1. Cliff Railway Apartment, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion.

Sleeps 4. Set above the station and ticket office at the base of the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain, the apartment features very comfortable holiday accommodation with sea views to be enjoyed from one aspect and views over the railway from the other.

  1. Station Court, Hornsea, East Yorkshire.

Sleeps 3. Just a stroll away from the heart of this quintessential British seaside resort, this unusual holiday home has been converted from the waiting room of the town’s former railway station.

  1. The Carriage, Bridge of Dee, nr. Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway.

Sleeps 6. Enjoying a peaceful setting on the site of an old siding in the former Bridge of Dee railway station, this carefully converted railway carriage now offers well-appointed holiday accommodation just 3 miles from Castle Douglas.

  1. The Old Railway Station, Petworth, West Sussex.

Built in 1892, hotel guests at the Old Railway Station can stay in a beautifully restored Edwardian Pullman carriage. In the winter breakfast by a roaring log fire in the booking hall, during the summer months dine al fresco on the station platform.

  1. Berwyn Stationmasters House, nr. Llangollen, North Wales Borders.

Sleeps 6. Guests at this beautifully renovated station master’s house enjoy unlimited travel on the trains that wind their way along the scenic tracks of the Llangollen Heritage Steam Railway. Set right on the station platform, there are stunning views over railway to the River Dee.

  1. Wilby Halt, Brockford Siding, nr. Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Sleeps 5. Surrounded by the sleepy Suffolk countryside and farmland, the holiday accommodation at Wilby Halt is split between two restored railway carriages, linked by the station platform. One carriage provides the comfortable living space, whilst the other is the sleeping carriage.

  1. The Station House, St Bees, Cumbria.

Sleeps 4. Dating back to 1849, this former station waiting room is a stop on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line. As the name suggests, the line itself hugs the coastline between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness.


Disclaimer: The properties listed above are only suggestions from Historic UK, and Historic UK takes no responsibility for any facilities and descriptions that may have changed since the writing of this article.