We’ve packed in more in our Android app

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Test driving our new app

We have some cool new features in the latest version of our Android app. You can now buy your recently bought or searched tickets in just a few clicks, reserve a seat before your journey and even use your ‘Two Together Railcard’ discount on the app.

Sounds good? Download or update to the latest version now if you haven’t already.

Take a peak at what’s new and improved…

  • New ‘Quick Buy’ of previously searched and purchased journeys
  • Seat preferences now available
  • Two Together Railcard now included in the app
  • All business bookings now viewable in the app
  • Improved “Live Departures” section:
    – Now even ‘faster’ to find your fastest train
    – Warnings of delays on your route
    – Indicator in the app when a train has arrived at a station on its route
    – New grid layout

Let us know what you think of the latest version. Have a safe trip!

Quick Buy guide

How to use the “Quick Buy” option when searching for tickets

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Pamper mum with these Mother’s Day gift ideas

Mother’s Day is slowly creeping up on us and like many of us if you’re struggling with what to get mum we have a few ideas to help you out. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that will make mum’s heart melt. No extravagant gifts…just a short visit home to see her could do the magic.

Whatever your plans, here are a few gift ideas to take along with you when you visit your mum, mother-in-law or even grandmother this Mother’s Day.

Flowers

Debenhams flowers
You can never go wrong with a bunch of fresh flowers. A beautiful bouquet of flowers is enough to put a smile on any mums face. Eden4Flowers has a great selection of orchids, tulips and even has a spring sale on at the moment.

Add an extra touch to your bunch of flowers with a gift to go along with your bouquet. Check out Debenhams for some ideas.

Chocolates

If you’re thinking of traditional gifts then you can’t go wrong with chocolates. Thornton’s has some great personalised chocolate gift sets starting from £3.49. Or, if the mum in your life likes something funky then Funky Hampers is the perfect place to start looking for fun chocolates.


Personalised and unique gifts

Make Mother’s Day even more special by putting your own personal touch on your gifts for mum. Why not do something out of the norm?

Personalised cushionIf you’re up for getting something different and not in every shop on the high street check out notonthehighstreet.com and you’ll find personalised mugs, wooden spoons, aprons, necklaces, and charm bracelets. With a huge collection of unique and creative gifts you’re bound to find something different to impress mum.

Why send flowers when you can send Biscuiteers! Biscuiteers has a great range of personalised biscuits which would make charming gifts for Mother’s Day. Check out their Mother’s Day collection here.

If you’re prepared to go that extra mile to give a personal touch to your Mother’s day gift, then check out the Gift Experience. You’ll find personalised shopping bags, cushions, oven gloves and even wine bottle openers.


Relaxing spa day

Make Mother’s day special by pampering mum. Wahanda has some great spa days on offer if you want to pamper mum for a day out. Spend the day relaxing together or even buy her a gift voucher if you want her to choose her own pamper package.


View from the Shard and afternoon tea

View from The Shard and Afternoon Tea for Two
If you’re looking for something exciting why not spend the day at the Shard. Enjoy London’s stunning skyline from the tallest building in Europe then relax with afternoon tea at the Hilton Hotel next door.

Want to keep it simple and go for a quiet afternoon tea? Check out these options from Buy a Gift with afternoon tea for two starting from £15.


Pamper sets

Treat mum on Mother’s Day with some pampering products. Molton Brown and Crabtree & Evelyn have some great papering treats to spoil mum head to toe! Or check out Body Shop’s heavenly hands gift set which could make great pampering treats for mum.


Candles

Yankee candlesChocolates and flowers are great gifts but how about something for the house? Yankee Candle has a great collection of scented candles that could be gifts for mums to cherish for months to come.

Cupcakes

For mums with a sweet tooth cupcakes from Interflora can make a tasty Mother’s Day treat especially if they’re as lovely as these!

Pay mum a visit and show her you care. Have a great Mother’s Day whatever you do!

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Easter days out ideas

Easter is fast approaching, are you all set? To make sure you make the most of your Easter holidays we’ve put together a list of days out ideas across the UK.

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Cadbury World, Birmingham (West Midlands)

Get very egg-cited to celebrate Easter with Cadbury World! Hop to Cadbury World to enjoy an action-packed programme of chocolatey fun for the whole family, including an egg-cellent Easter Egg Trail for children. A must day out for some Easter fun and anyone who loves chocolates!

Visit http://www.cadburyworld.co.uk/ for more information.
Nearest train station: Cadbury World is a fifteen minute walk from Bournville Station.

Cardiff Castle, Cardiff (Wales)
If you want to tour an historical site visit the wartime tunnels last used as air raid shelters in the Second World War and take the family trail to explore the castle together. There is also a children’s dressing up corner with child-sized costumes.

Visit http://www.cardiffcastle.com/ for more information.
Nearest train station: Cardiff station – then just a ten minute walk.

Borde Hill Garden
Borde Hill Garden, Sussex (South East)

Become an explorer for a day! Hunt the hidden creatures and their eggs in the Garden, answer clues and solve riddles. A fun and educational trail for all ages. Find the Easter Bunny to claim your reward. Giant garden games available and activities for visitors young and old!

Visit http://www.bordehill.co.uk/ for more information.
Nearest station: Haywards Heath – then just a short taxi ride.

Blair Drummond Park, Stirling (Scotland)
If safari and adventure are what you are after visit Blair Drummond Park and experience a great day. From the Wildlife Animal Reserves to the Adventure Playground and many more attractions, there is plenty of fun and excitement for all the family.

Visit http://www.blairdrummond.com/index.php for more information.
Nearest train station: Stirling station – then just a ten minute bus or taxi ride.

Rutland Water
Rutland Water, Rutland (East Midlands)

Be a part of the Nature Reserve Egg hunt, learn to identify birds, take part in some crafty creations, and make a bird feeder to take home!

Visit http://www.rutlandwater.org.uk/events/easter-explorers/ for more information.
Nearest train station: Oakham station

Oasis leisure centre, Swindon, Wiltshire (South West)
Visit the Oasis leisure centre and enjoy a tropical environment which all the family can enjoy. The main pool has a slopped entry and there is a smaller pool for toddlers with an elephant slide and Pirate Ship. The main pool has a giant wave machine, water cannon, three hydro-slides, the ‘Lagoon Falls’ waterslide and the Domebusters.

Visit http://www.oasisleisure.co.uk/ for more information.
Nearest train station: Swindon station – then just a ten minute walk.

Natural History Museum
London (various)

There’s plenty of free activities on offer in London that make great days out without taking a toll on your pocket. If you fancy being indoors the Natural History Museum in London is a great place to visit. The architecture of the building, fascinating tours and archaeological exhibitions makes the museum an interesting visit for all ages.

Visit http://www.nhm.ac.uk/ for more information.
Nearest tube station: The museum is next to South Kensington station on the District, Circle and Piccadilly underground lines.

If you’re up for outdoor activities and something a bit different visit Newham City Farm, one of London’s longest established as well as one of its largest farms. Animals here include shire horses, goats, rabbits, peacocks, sheep and pigs to name a few! It’s a great day out to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the best part is it’s free to enter!

Visit http://newhamcityfarm.co.uk/ for more information.
Nearest tube station: East Ham and Plaistow. Nearest Docklands Light Railway is Royal Albert.

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Top UK days out ideas (by Train, of course!)

This is the perfect time of the year for a short break with spring in the air and summer fast approaching. With the late May bank holiday and half-term coming up, we thought we’d share some ideas to make this spring fun packed. So, we’ve picked some of our favourite theme parks, beautiful coastlines and castles around the country, which are accessible by train. Whether you prefer a relaxing walk by the coastline or a bit of adventure there’s bound to be something for you.

We hope this helps make your half-term and May bank holiday planning easier than ever!

Theme Parks

Alton Towers, near Stoke

Alton Towers is full of fun, thrill and adventure. With over 50 rides and attractions there’s plenty to do and see. The most visited theme park in the UK in 2012, Alton Towers has rides, a monorail, a spa, a golf attraction, a waterpark and two on-site hotels.

Nearest station: Uttoxeter Rail. Alton Towers also run a number of bus services which connect with trains from Stoke-on-Trent, Leek, Nottingham and Derby.

Theme Park

Cadbury World, Birmingham

Cadbury World is where chocolate comes to life. Learn the story of Cadbury through video, demonstrations and interactive displays.

Nearest station: Bournville. It is a pleasant 15 minute stroll from here, with Cadburys World being fully signposted via fingerposts and wall-signs.

Chessington World of Adventure, Southwest London

Chessington has lots to explore, from great rides to a zoo and a sea life centre. The theme park also boasts nine themed lands including the Land of Dragons and Transylvania, with rides from runaway trains to the Dragon’s Fury.

Nearest station: Chessington South. Regular services run from Waterloo, Clapham Junction and Wimbledon. From Chessington South Station, the theme park is approximately 10-15 minutes’ walk away and is signposted.
Chessington Zoo

Adventure Island, Southend

Adventure Island has 32 different rides and sits right alongside Southend Pier. Best of all – admission is free! With amazing selection of rides to choose from and great attractions, this place surely ticks all the boxes for a great day out for all.

Nearest station: Southend Central. This is just a few blocks from Adventure Island.

The Eden Project, Cornwall

With individual biomes hosting a variety of plants collected around the world, The Eden Project is a fun eco education experience for the whole family. Explore plants, displays, interactive exhibitions and art works.

Nearest station: St Austell Rail. The Eden Project can be found several miles from St Austell – which is on the main line from London Paddington. Bus services run to Eden from the station and take approximately 30 minutes. Alternatively, you could also take the train to Luxulyan, which is roughly 2.5 miles from the Eden Project and offers a more scenic route from which to continue your trip on foot or bike.

Beaches

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

It’s the most famous pleasure beach in the UK and needs no introduction. An iconic British tradition Blackpool has something for everyone. Donkey rides, fish and chips, pier, arcades, sandy beach, kiss-me-quick stalls, candy floss and open-top trams. What more could you possibly want!

The nearest train station to Blackpool Pleasure Beach is unsurprisingly Blackpool Pleasure Beach station. However, you can also go to Blackpool South station which is just 0.6 miles away. The majority of trains go to Blackpool North, which is 2.5 miles away. Although this is walkable and involves a pleasant stroll along the prom, many visitors choose to take a taxi or a tram instead.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Brighton Beach

Brighton’s pebble beach has been voted one of the top beach destinations, has blue flag status and is home to around 614 billion pebbles. Visit the famous Victorian pier for fish and chips and fairground attractions or soak up the atmosphere of pavement cafes as you stroll along the bustling promenade. Further inland, boutique-style shopping in the Lanes and North Lanes compliments the high street stores of the town centre.

Brighton station is in the centre of Brighton about 15 minutes walk from the beach and lanes. Trains run regularly from Gatwick, Croydon and London.
Brighton

Belhaven, Scotland

This long, curving, sandy beach is great for going on long walks; having picnics and has splendid views across the Forth Estuary. Belhaven’s wide sands are backed with a dune ridge, the perfect spot for building sandcastles and playing beach games.

The beach is near the small town of Dunbar in East Lothian just walking distance from Dunbar station.

Sand castle

Falmouth

For crystal clear water, stretches of sandy beaches and secluded coves Falmouth is the place to go. A short walk will take you to the third largest deep water harbour in the world. To explore the area climb aboard one of the many boat trips or walk from Falmouth to explore nearby coves and beaches.

Trains run to Falmouth Station and Falmouth Docks. First Great Western runs services into Falmouth, connecting at Truro with the Western Main Line.
Falmouth

Cromer Coastline, Norfolk

Cromer is a beautiful town on the Norfolk coast renowned for its history of the sea, fishing and crabs. Its lighthouse flashes a guiding beam when the North Sea rides high, while the 14th century church stands guardian over the town.

Cromer station is right in the centre of town, just minutes walk to the coast line. Change in Norwich for mainline services.
Cromer

Castles and cultural places

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and is a part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It’s one of Scotland’s major tourist attractions and has been voted to be one of the top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards. Not one to be missed if you’re visiting Scotland.

Nearest station: Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station. Edinburgh Castle is located in the centre of Edinburgh and is a short walk from Waverley train station – albeit up a pretty steep hill! The station is situated on the east end of Princes Street, whilst the Castle should be visible upon exiting the station.
Edinburgh Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. It is a popular choice amongst visitors who fancy a day trip out of London. The magnificent castle is a must-see for fans of royalty, art and history.

Nearest station: Windsor & Eton Riverside which is just a few minutes’ walk from the Castle. Windsor & Eton Riverside is easily accessible from Central London, being just half an hour from London Paddington and an hour from London Waterloo.
Windsor castle

Warwick Castle

With a history stretching back over 1,000 years there’s something for everyone at Warwick Castle. Enjoy sunning views, jaw-dropping history and an amazing adventure for a great day out.

Nearest station: Warwick station. The station is just 10 minutes walking distance from the town centre and Castle. A direct service into London Marylebone (1 hour 45 minutes) or Birmingham Snow Hill is available.
Warwick Castle

St Michael’s Mount

Immerse yourself in history and explore the amazing island word of St Michael’s Mount  near Marazion.  Discover legend, myth and over thousand years of incredible history. With dazzling views all across the castle come ashore for a family outing, a tour of the castle or a garden visit.

Nearest station: Penzance St Michael’s Mount is only 3 miles from Penzance. A regular train service runs to Penzance station from where you can travel by bus or taxi to Marazion (about 10 minutes away).
St Michael's Mount

Scarborough Castle

With its 2,500 year history, stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, Scarborough Castle fully deserves its place as one of the finest tourist attractions in the North.

Nearest station: Scarborough rail station, which is just 1 mile away from the castle.
Scarborough Castle

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