Great British Railway Journeys

  

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Great British Railway JourneysOakham to Cambridge: Michael Portillo travels from Oakham to Cambridge, finding out why Stamford is a popular location for period dramas and examining Charles Darwin's student days. [S]Sat, Apr 24, 6:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysCarlisle to Penrith: Michael Portillo learns more about the country's railways, setting off from Carlisle on the first leg of a journey through north-west England. [S]Sat, Apr 24, 6:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysWindermere to Carnforth: Michael Portillo continues through the Lake District, learning about the legacy of author Beatrix Potter, and finishes with a brief encounter at Carnforth. [S]Sat, Apr 24, 7:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysPreston to Swinton: Michael Portillo journeys from Preston to Swinton, discovering the poetry of Edwin Waugh and twisting his tongue around the Lancashire dialect. [S]Sat, Apr 24, 7:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysSt Helens to Knutsford: Michael Portillo travels from St Helens to Knutsford, learning about glass-making and how Victorian building techniques have evolved. [S]Sat, Apr 24, 8:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysAshley to Alton Towers: Michael Portillo travels from Cheshire to Staffordshire, stopping off in Macclesfield, where he finds the end of the Silk Route and tries screen printing. [S]Sat, Apr 24, 8:30 PMYesterday30 mins

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Great British Railway JourneysOxford to Luton: Michael Portillo visits Oxford University's Bodleian library to see Victorian treasures including Mary Shelley's Frankenstein manuscript. [S]Sat, Feb 4, 7:50 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysAbergavenny to Hanborough: Michael Portillo visits Big Pit coal mine in Blaenavon and learns about 19th-century developments in angling. [S]Sat, Apr 17, 8:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysSwansea to Hereford: Michael Portillo begins in the ruinous gardens at Aberglasney House near Llandeilo and finishes this leg of his journey at a traditional cider house in Hereford. [S]Sat, Apr 17, 7:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysPembroke Dock to Swansea: Michael Portillo begins the first leg of a journey from south-west Wales to Cambridge, visiting an inn in Carmarthen where Horatio Nelson once met Emma Hamilton. [S]Sat, Apr 17, 7:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysNewcastle to Lindisfarne: Michael Portillo travels from Newcastle to Lindisfarne, exploring the lime kilns, and learns how Christianity spread across northern England in the 7th century. [S]Sat, Apr 17, 6:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysMiddlesbrough to Hexham: Michael Portillo travels from Middlesbrough to Hexham, learning about eighth-century monk the Venerable Bede at St Paul's monastery in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear. [S]Sat, Apr 17, 6:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLiverpool to Dolgarrog: Michael Portillo travels between Liverpool and Wales, finding a miniature tank engine made by Frank Hornby and visiting the ruins of Gwrych Castle.Mon, Apr 12, 11:30 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysSheffield to Nantwich: Michael Portillo travels to the steel city of Sheffield where he discovers an early 20th century steam engine, before heading to Nantwich.Mon, Apr 12, 11:00 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysHessle to York: Michael Portillo travels from Hessle in East Yorkshire to York, along the way learning about the technology that made the Humber Bridge possible. [S]Sat, Apr 10, 8:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysBoston to Hensall: Michael Portillo travels from the south Lincolnshire town of Boston to Hensall, North Yorkshire, discovering the origins of a favourite Victorian apple along the way. [S]Sat, Apr 10, 8:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysDerby to Grantham: Michael Portillo begins a journey from Derby to Lindisfarne, learning about a high-street chemist's origins and visiting a former grocer's shop in Grantham. [S]Sat, Apr 10, 7:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysHigh Street Kensington to London Bridge: Michael Portillo embarks on his final journey in London, learning about the darker side of Vauxhall's flower market in the Victorian era. [S]Sat, Apr 10, 7:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLondon's West End: Michael Portillo heads to the West End as he explores 19th-century engineering used in theatres and learns how diseases were rife in Victorian London on a visit to Soho. [S]Sat, Apr 10, 6:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysCriccieth to Caernarfon: In Snowdonia, Michael Portillo braves the fastest zip line in the world - 1,500 feet across a quarry - as he begins the last leg of his journey to Caernarfon.Sat, Apr 10, 6:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLiverpool to Dolgarrog: Michael Portillo travels between Liverpool and Wales, finding a miniature tank engine made by Frank Hornby and visiting the ruins of Gwrych Castle.Sat, Apr 10, 5:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysSheffield to Nantwich: Michael Portillo travels to the steel city of Sheffield where he discovers an early 20th century steam engine, before heading to Nantwich.Sat, Apr 10, 5:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLiverpool to Dolgarrog: Michael Portillo travels between Liverpool and Wales, finding a miniature tank engine made by Frank Hornby and visiting the ruins of Gwrych Castle.Fri, Apr 9, 7:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysSheffield to Nantwich: Michael Portillo travels to the steel city of Sheffield where he discovers an early 20th century steam engine, before heading to Nantwich.Fri, Apr 9, 7:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysYork to Frizinghall: Michael Portillo conducts important research in an historic York tea room, discovers Leeds' textile heritage, and investigates Bradford's musical heritage.Fri, Apr 9, 11:30 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysHull to Malton: Michael Portillo embarks on the first leg of a journey from East Yorkshire to Caernarfon, beginning by travelling from Hull to Malton.Fri, Apr 9, 11:00 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysYork to Frizinghall: Michael Portillo conducts important research in an historic York tea room, discovers Leeds' textile heritage, and investigates Bradford's musical heritage.Thu, Apr 8, 7:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysHull to Malton: Michael Portillo embarks on the first leg of a journey from East Yorkshire to Caernarfon, beginning by travelling from Hull to Malton.Thu, Apr 8, 7:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysPlymouth to The Lizard: Travelling from Plymouth to the Lizard, Michael Portillo investigates the first radio signal to be sent across the Atlantic.Thu, Apr 8, 11:30 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysTaunton to Newton Abbot: Michael Portillo travels between Taunton and Newton Abbot, joining in with a fertility dance in Stogumber, and visiting a celebrated garden at Hestercombe.Thu, Apr 8, 11:00 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysPlymouth to The Lizard: Travelling from Plymouth to the Lizard, Michael Portillo investigates the first radio signal to be sent across the Atlantic.Wed, Apr 7, 7:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysTaunton to Newton Abbot: Michael Portillo travels between Taunton and Newton Abbot, joining in with a fertility dance in Stogumber, and visiting a celebrated garden at Hestercombe.Wed, Apr 7, 7:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysNewport to Clevedon: Michael Portillo arrives in Newport, where he learns about the heroism of a young boy who was awarded the Albert Medal.Wed, Apr 7, 11:30 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysPontyclun to Ebbw Vale Town: Michael Portillo travels from Pontyclun to Ebbw Vale in Wales, visiting the Royal Mint in Llantrisant and Cardiff Arms Park. [S]Wed, Apr 7, 11:00 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysNewport to Clevedon: Michael Portillo arrives in Newport, where he learns about the heroism of a young boy who was awarded the Albert Medal.Tue, Apr 6, 7:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysPontyclun to Ebbw Vale Town: Michael Portillo travels from Pontyclun to Ebbw Vale in Wales, visiting the Royal Mint in Llantrisant and Cardiff Arms Park. [S]Tue, Apr 6, 7:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysWhitland to Swansea: Michael Portillo embarks on the first leg of a journey from the coalfields of South Wales to the southernmost tip of Cornwall. [S]Tue, Apr 6, 11:30 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysSwanwick to Brownsea Island: In Dorset, Michael Portillo visits Brownsea Island, where Robert Baden Powell began the scout movement in the early 20th century. [S]Tue, Apr 6, 11:00 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysWhitland to Swansea: Michael Portillo embarks on the first leg of a journey from the coalfields of South Wales to the southernmost tip of Cornwall. [S]Thu, Apr 1, 7:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysSwanwick to Brownsea Island: In Dorset, Michael Portillo visits Brownsea Island, where Robert Baden Powell began the scout movement in the early 20th century. [S]Thu, Apr 1, 7:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysChichester to Cowes: Michael Portillo visits places of interest in West Sussex and Hampshire, including Southsea's King's Theatre. [S]Thu, Apr 1, 6:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysCroydon to Shoreham-by-Sea: Michael Portillo travels from Croydon to Shoreham-by-Sea, hearing the story of a once-celebrated composer and visiting the oldest licensed airport in the UK. [S]Thu, Apr 1, 6:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysChichester to Cowes: Michael Portillo visits places of interest in West Sussex and Hampshire, including Southsea's King's Theatre. [S]Thu, Apr 1, 12:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysCroydon to Shoreham-by-Sea: Michael Portillo travels from Croydon to Shoreham-by-Sea, hearing the story of a once-celebrated composer and visiting the oldest licensed airport in the UK. [S]Thu, Apr 1, 12:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLetchworth Garden City to Herne Hill: Michael Portillo explores Edwardian utopia in Letchworth, where he meets a fourth generation citizen who introduces him to the town's community spirit. [S]Thu, Apr 1, 11:30 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysCromer to Cambridge: Michael Portillo embarks on train journeys through Edwardian Britain, exploring the grand estates of Norfolk and a bivouac on Brownsea Island on the way. [S]Thu, Apr 1, 11:00 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLetchworth Garden City to Herne Hill: Michael Portillo explores Edwardian utopia in Letchworth, where he meets a fourth generation citizen who introduces him to the town's community spirit. [S]Wed, Mar 31, 7:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysCromer to Cambridge: Michael Portillo embarks on train journeys through Edwardian Britain, exploring the grand estates of Norfolk and a bivouac on Brownsea Island on the way. [S]Wed, Mar 31, 7:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysBallina to Westport: On the last leg of Michael Portillo's long journey from Wexford to Westport, a fashionable Victorian seaweed bath is followed by a steamy scene in Ballina. [S]Wed, Mar 31, 6:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysDromod to Sligo: Michael Portillo continues his Irish journey from Dromod to Sligo. Along the way he discovers how the landscape inspired WB Yeats and learns to make a potato pancake. [S]Wed, Mar 31, 6:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysBallina to Westport: On the last leg of Michael Portillo's long journey from Wexford to Westport, a fashionable Victorian seaweed bath is followed by a steamy scene in Ballina. [S]Wed, Mar 31, 12:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysDromod to Sligo: Michael Portillo continues his Irish journey from Dromod to Sligo. Along the way he discovers how the landscape inspired WB Yeats and learns to make a potato pancake. [S]Wed, Mar 31, 12:00 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysNavan to Mullingar: Michael Portillo continues his journey across Ireland, travelling from Navan to Mullingar, where he uncovers a controversial Victorian dig at the sacred Hill of Tara. [S]Wed, Mar 31, 11:30 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysGreystones to Dublin: At Trinity College, Dublin, Michael Portillo discovers one of Ireland's greatest treasures, and also explores the house and gardens of Powerscourt in County Wicklow. [S]Wed, Mar 31, 11:00 AMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysNavan to Mullingar: Michael Portillo continues his journey across Ireland, travelling from Navan to Mullingar, where he uncovers a controversial Victorian dig at the sacred Hill of Tara.Tue, Mar 30, 7:30 PMYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysGreystones to Dublin: At Trinity College, Dublin, Michael Portillo discovers one of Ireland's greatest treasures, and also explores the house and gardens of Powerscourt in County Wicklow.Tue, Mar 30, 7:00 PMYesterday30 mins