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Days Out by Train for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner and we’ve rounded up a selection of fantastic activities to help celebrate the father (or father figure) in your life on Sunday 16 June

From football stadium tours to peaceful river cruises and unique walking tours, National Rail’s Days Out Guide(external link, opens in a new tab) has activities that are sure to create memorable moments this Father’s Day, and all at discounted prices when you travel by train.  

What’s more, you can commit to many more trips together by gifting a Two Together Railcard(external link, opens in a new tab), which will save you both 1/3 on train trips when you travel together. At just £30 for 1 year, you’ll have made back the cost in just a few trips together. 

Check out our top picks for Father’s Day fun by train below. 

Take the ultimate mystery driving adventure at Drift Limits 

Unleash your speed demon at Drift Limits! With a fleet of track-prepared cars and mind-blowing experiences, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable day out. 

The Secret Supercar Experience is the ultimate mystery driving adventure, with up to 20 laps in the exhilarating fleet. Get behind the wheel of incredible vehicles like the Ariel Atom 300, Dodge Viper SRT VX, and GTR 1200bhp. 

Nearest station: Hemel Hempstead

Enjoy epic views of London with Thames River Sightseeing  

Journey along the Thames while taking in London’s iconic sights from a unique perspective. Enjoy the magic of the London skyline with epic views of the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament and much more.

Knowledgeable guides will be on hand to provide live commentary of your surroundings while you enjoy a drink on board from the fully licensed bar. Thames River Sightseeing’s vessels are designed for all types of weather, with open decks for sunny days and heated saloons when it’s chillier.  

Nearest station: London Waterloo

Walk in the footsteps of legends on a football stadium tour

Britain is home to some of the biggest teams in world football and whether you’re a footie fanatic or an armchair fan, visitors young and old are sure to be impressed by a tour of some of the nation's greatest stadiums. Wembley stadium(external link, opens in a new tab), Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge(external link, opens in a new tab), Tottenham Hotspur FC(external link, opens in a new tab)’s new state of the art grounds, Fulham’s Craven Cottage(external link, opens in a new tab), Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park(external link, opens in a new tab), Liverpool’s Anfield Road(external link, opens in a new tab) and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium(external link, opens in a new tab) all offer world class tours at discounted entry with National Rail’s Days Out Guide.  

Visit the players’ dressing rooms and sit in the seats of your favourite football stars. Experience the thrill of walking through the stadium tunnel, imagining the atmospheric roar of the crowd on game day. You might even be able to sit in the manager’s chair! 

Wonderful walking tours

History revisited: Churchill & Westminster in WW2 Walking Tour  

During the devastating attack on London during World War II, 1 man carried a nation’s weight of expectation on his shoulders. Learn how Winston Churchill plotted Britain’s victory from the streets of London and operations room in Westminster, while you take in views of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall and the Cenotaph. This is the perfect tour to understand the area of Westminster as it would have been during Churchill’s day, all through the lens of WW2 and with expert commentary. 

Nearest station: London Charing Cross

Doctor’s Orders: Doctor Who Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi on this Doctor Who Walking Tour as you explore London with a knowledgeable Doctor Who guide on this 2 ½ hour walking tour. See locations from classic episodes such as The Invasion to Rose, Dark Water and Death in Heaven with Peter Capaldi. 

Nearest station: London Bridge

Walk on the wild side: Gangster Walking Tour of London 

The Gangster London Tour offers you a unique chance to have a fun afternoon with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor, Vas Blackwood. Known for his iconic roles on film and TV, including Rory Breaker in Guy Ritchie’s classic gangster movie, Vas will share anecdotes at each location, from the Krays to personal stories from the Lock, Stock set with Vinnie Jones. 

Nearest station: Whitechapel

Explore glorious gardens

RHS Garden Whisley

RHS Wisley is one of Britain’s best-loved gardens, steeped in history and blazing a trail as a glorious garden of the future. Explore a range of produce ripe for the picking in their World Food Garden, sit and reflect in the Wellbeing Garden, or spot insects skimming the water’s edge in the Wildlife Garden.

Step back in time inside the Old Laboratory and discover the early days and rich past of RHS Garden Wisley brought to life through interactive exhibits, wonderful artefacts and the memories of staff who worked in the building and garden. Then, why not treat Dad to a sit down meal full of seasonal fruit and veg, including produce picked fresh from the garden.

Nearest station: Woking

Kew Gardens

As London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kew Gardens is more than just a garden. It’s home to the biggest collection of living plants anywhere on Earth. From towering redwoods in the wild Arboretum, to the indoor rainforest of the tropical Palm House, to the floral beauty of the Great Broad Walk Borders, there’s plenty to see this Father's Day.

No visit is complete without stepping inside Kew’s world-famous glasshouses, including the iconic Temperate House, the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, containing over 10,000 different plants. 

Nearest station: Kew Bridge

You can also see the full range of Days Out Guide offers on Historical Houses, Gardens and Palaces(external link, opens in a new tab).

Plan Your Journey

Two Together Railcard

  • For you and the person you travel with most

  • Just £30 a year

  • 1/3 off rail fares when you travel together

Find out more about the Two Together Railcard.(external link, opens in a new tab)

Availability and price of Days Out Guide attractions are correct at time of publication but subject to change.