The Rail Ale Rail Tour

A fabulous opportunity for fans of Rail Ale who live a little further afield.  A door-to-door service to visit the most atmospheric beer and music festival of the year, thanks to Britain’s favourite rail tour operator, UK Railtours, supported by Rail Ale 2023 sponsor Greene King.

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UK Railtours has planned a trip which cannot fail to appeal to devotees of two seemingly inseparable interests, namely railways and real ale.  This tour gives you a unique chance not only to enjoy everything UK Railtours has to offer onboard its much loved train, but also to experience fine ales from breweries all over the country as well as ciders and gin, not forgetting a great line up of live music, at Rail Ale 2023. 

The tour will take place on Saturday 20th May 2023 and will pick up passengers at Finsbury Park, Potters BarStevenage and Peterborough before heading for Barrow Hill Roundhouse, straight into the platform there.

For those Rail Ale fans who enjoy their railways as much as their beer, the tour will take a varied and scenic route across the Midlands from Peterborough to Barrow Hill whilst the return journey will take a south westerly route, before heading towards North London and the drop off stations.  The train will be hauled by one of GB Railfreight’s Class 69 diesel locomotives throughout the day. 

For those heading to Rail Ale, the off train option includes entry to the event, a commemorative glass, programme and train rides.  Passengers will be able to spend just over three hours at the Festival – plenty of time to get into the party spirit!

Tickets and Timings

The First Class Dining option includes “The Great British Breakfast” and a four-course dinner. Please note the dining option is not available from or back to Peterborough due to time constraints. A buffet car is available.

An Early Bird Discount is available for this tour.  Enter code EBD5 at checkout or mention EBD5 when booking over the phone for a 5% discount off the usual fare.  Only available until 17th April 2023.

Ticket Prices:

Class     Price
Standard Adult£119
Standard Junior                 £109
First Class Non-Dining£169
First Class Dining£279
First Class Dining Party of Four£1,096
Off Train Option – Rail Ale at Barrow Hill£10.50


Station                  DepartArrive
Finsbury Park07.1520.00
Potters Bar07.3020.20

(All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide)

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