Eco friendly cities

8th July 2021

This year the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) will take place in Glasgow. To help tackle the climate crisis towns and cities across the country are taking big steps to lower carbon emissions, increase recycling and making way for more parks and green spaces. We’ve pulled together a list of the top 5 eco-friendly cities for you to visit when you’re ready to travel again.

Travelling by train is one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transport. You can help save the planet and money when you travel by train using a Railcard. Railcards save you 1/3 off most fares (and upto 60% off kids fares) for just £30 a year. A cost which can be made back in savings in just 1-2 journeys.


Bristol is a green city known for its street art, colourful houses and Clifton Suspension Bridge. From Brunel to Banksy it is home to some of Britain’s most recognisable landmarks and world-class museum and galleries.

Getting there.
You can get to Bristol from London in less than 2.5hrs. Train tickets can cost from as little as £10 when booked in Advance with a Railcard.


Arthurs Seat is one of the best places for views over Edinburgh and its surrounding areas. It takes about 30mins to hike to the top but the view is worth the wait. Whilst in Edinburgh make sure take a stroll through the Old Town and discover The Real Mary King’s Close – a hidden system of streets and spaces located under buildings on The Royal Mile.

Getting there.
You can get to Edinburgh from London in less than 5.5hrs. Train tickets can cost from as little as £25 when booked in Advance with a Railcard.


Enjoy a free walking tour of Manchester to uncover the history of Manchester from locals who will help you discover Manchester’s main attractions and lesser-known quirks. It’s available every day and lasts about 3hrs. it will provide you with insider tips and suggestions on what you can do with your time in the city.

Getting there.
You can get to Manchester from Peterborough in just over 3hrs. Train tickets can cost from as little as £34 when booked in Advance with a Railcard.


Home to the Peak District, Chatsworth House and Winter Garden there’s something for everyone on a trip to Sheffield. A short break or longer holiday will allow you to explore some of England’s most spectacular scenery. If you’re travelling with your family a visit to the Tropical Butterfly House, which is home to lemurs, is a must.

Getting there.
You can get to Sheffield from Leicester in just over an hour. Train tickets can cost from as little as £30 when booked in Advance with a Railcard.

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  • For just £30 a year, get ⅓ off rail travel plus deals on meals, hotels and loads more!
  • A railcard pays for itself in just one or two journeys. So start planning your next trip today.

Safety First.

Travel with confidence. Please wear a face covering (unless exempt), travel at quieter times and book in advance where you can. Check and follow the latest Government advice and guidance on our Travel Advice page before planning your next journey.

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