Going from England’s second city to Scotland’s capital is one of the UK’s most scenic routes. From Manchester you’ll hit the gothic city of York, go through the north east including the industrial heartlands of Middleborough and Newcastle. While passing Newcastle, look out for the Angel of the North in Gateshead – reputedly the world’s largest angel sculpture. As you enter Scotland, stay on the right side of your carriage to see the coast line and the vast North Sea in the distance. As you pull into Edinburgh Waverly, the Castle should be in full view and give a hint of the enchanted experience you’re about to have in the city. Manchester to Edinburgh route information.
TransPennine Express operate direct services from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh Waverly. On non-direct trains there will be a short stop in York where you have plenty of time to catch the connecting train for the remainder of the journey. Onboard you can expect free WiFi on all routes, First Class seat options and space for bikes except during the peak hours of 7-9am and 4-9pm. Virgin Trains East Coast also run a number of direct and non-direct trains. WiFi is complimentary with any First Class seating options but will have to be purchased in Standard. All trains have space for up to five bikes but you’ll have to reserve a spot in advance. Peak hours are any trains leaving King’s Cross before 8am and between 4 and 8pm space for bikes except during the peak hours of 7-9am and 4-9pm.
What to do in Edinburgh?
Edinburgh boasts its own attractions and is a welcome break for anyone interested in a city visit. The Edinburgh castle is the obvious and most popular sight to see, home to Scotland's crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Thanks to its high up location on a hill call Castle Rock, you'll have a stunning view of the city's skyline.
Not to be missed is a trip down the Royal Mile, a strip connecting the castle with Holyrood palace, the Queen's residence in Scotland. Walking down the royal mile you'll pass stunning buildings, traditional shops, you can watch street performers and enjoy a pint a traditional pub.
In the massive and family-friendly National Museum of Scotland, located in the old town, you can learn more about Scottish history and territory in a fun and engaging way. You can't leave the museum before seeing the Millennium clock tower and listening to its chimes.
During August there is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the country’s top comedians come to perform new material for a wide range of audiences.