Traveling in England with a BritRail England Pass - "Reservations or no reservations, that is the question"

I'll be traveling all about England for a few weeks and I wonder if I can just show up with a First Class Britrail England Pass for a senior and just get on any train going anywhere that strikes my fancy?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 11, 2016 21:11
    Hi Patrick,

    That is pretty much the case in England. Most trains in the United Kingdom do not even accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Aside from any overnight train, the only trains in the United Kingdom on which reservations would be recommended are ones taking over 2 hours in duration. Examples of these trains would be:

    London-Edinburgh
    London-Glasgow
    London-Manchester
    London-Liverpool
    London-Newcastle

    Otherwise, with regard to other trains, you can just use your rail pass to board and not worry about reservations.

    Currently, reservable trains in the United Kingdom are only able to be booked locally.
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  • Hi. when you say reservable trains in the UK are only able to be booked locally does that mean when I arrive in London and wish to go to Lincoln or therebouts which is more than 2 hours I will have to make resevations at the time i arrive or can I do it prior to coming to the UK? Thanks P.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 12, 2016 15:39
    Hi Patrick,

    Yes, I'm sorry, by "locally" I do mean at the stations once you're in the United Kingdom. With regard to your specific example, however, reservations would actually not be necessary. A connection from London to Lincoln takes just under 2 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in either Newark or Retford along the way. The rail pass is all you'd need to board any of the trains that would comprise of this connection.

    For planning purposes, you can view schedules for a connection from London to Lincoln by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and entering the route.

    If there is a train you wish to have a reservations for, you would book it when you're there. At this time, it is not possible to book passholder reservations for trains in the United Kingdom from anywhere outside of Europe.
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  • So glad that I found this! Heading to England with a pass in one month. Thanks for the info!
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  • I am traveling with my Mom (78 years), and plan to take her from London to Nottingham, Nottingham to Liverpool, back to London, and would like to take scenic train to show her the countryside. How do I select or find the scenic trains?

    Also, is Virgin Trains included in the rail pass?
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