Having seen the antics Paddington is capable of in London, it left us wondering what he could get up to in the rest of Britain! So here’s a little journey planner we’ve made for Paddington’s travel journal.
Be a visitor at the Queen’s weekend home
London to Windsor Castle: 30 mins from London Paddington rail station Windsor is only a short trip out of London, and rising above the quaint cobbled streets of the town is the Queen’s favourite weekend home – Windsor Castle. It’s the largest castle in the world that’s still lived in, and you get to nose round the grand state rooms where the Queen holds Royal banquets. You might even catch a glimpse of her in the corridors!
Beside the seaside
London to Brighton: 52 mins from London Victoria rail station It doesn’t take long to reach the seaside from London, and Brighton has all the fun of the fair. Think traditional pier rides, scrummy fish and chips (keep them hidden from the big seagulls!), and quirky shops and cafés. Don’t miss the rather extraordinary Royal Pavilion – built as a holiday home for King George IV. He must've had unusual taste as anyone would think it's an exotic Indian palace, and there are all sorts of peculiar features to see inside!
Magical castles in Wales
London to Cardiff: 2hrs 1min from London Paddington rail station Yes, you can get all the way to the capital of Wales in just 2 hours from London’s Paddington. Cardiff boasts a splendid castle, and inside you'll find the ultimate Victorian gothic fantasy palace with lustrous Arabic ceilings, a banqueting hall lined with model medieval figures, and a library where Harry Potter would feel at home.
Mystical mountains cloaked in clouds
London to Windermere, Lake District: 3hrs 2mins from London Euston rail station The charming town of Windermere sits beside a glittering lake of the same name. Pack up that picnic as it’s a great spot to start some waterborne expeditions and mountain adventures. Look out for picturesque cottages nestled among the hills that once belonged to famous writers and poets - you might even be invited in!
Have a Highland fling!
London to Edinburgh: 4hrs 20mins from London Kings Cross rail station Step out from the train station in Edinburgh and straightaway be swept up by the Scottish spirit. The city is bursting with history every direction you turn. Wind your way through ancient narrow cobbled alleyways and emerge beside the rock-perched castle, or follow the sound of bagpipes and join in a merry dance with the locals in a traditional pub! Plan your rail adventures in Britain with the National Rail Journey Planner. © P & Co Ltd/SC 2015