From the coastline of Cornwall through to mountain peaks of the north, lies a landscape of diversity and attraction, matched by an age of history and generations of a creative and industrious people.
Here's something a little unique! Whilst most heritage railways are understandably concentrating on 'Santa Specials', one of our favourites, the wonderful West Somerset Railway, will be hosting a Christmas Steam Gala. So here's a stocking filler short-break to Somerset, conveniently organized between Christmas and New Year to fill you will steam-hauled festive cheer!
There are said to be 'Seven Wonders of the Waterways' and on this tour we visit six! Our grand tour begins at the very heart of the industrial revolution at a hotel within the Ironbridge World Heritage site, then explores the masterpieces of Victorian engineering with boat trips and steam trains galore.
We thought we would celebrate the steam and rail heritage of the north country with our own 'battle of the roses' tour, picking off Yorkshire and Lancashire steam and heritage railways every day from our base at an iconic railway hotel. With Railtrail opening the batting you are sure to come up smelling of roses!
This superb value steam tour which features - the Churnet Valley and Rudyard Lake Railways plus the unique Apedale Railway and the annual Steam Gala at Foxfield. All excursions are aboard a vintage coach with more than a taste of real ale as we tour the Titanic Brewery and visit a truly unique famous old pub and enjoy a local delicacy Staffordshire Oatcakes.
This delightful tour features a day at the popular Severn Valley Steam Railway, a day exploring the Cotswolds including vintage steam, plus a visit to Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon - all from our base at a 4* hotel with leisure facilities and with no single supplement!
A brilliant Steam, Rail & Ale tour timed to coincide with a magnificent steam gala day at the Great Central Railway, steam along the Great Central Nottingham, plus Peak Rail Steam, and heritage railcar on the Ecclesbourne Valley line. Add in a visit and tour of Marston's Heritage brewery and a Victorian ale house and we can drink to that!
Imagine a short break that combines the Swanage Autumn Steam Gala in delightful Dorset plus the amazing Isle of Wight 'Beer & Buses Festival', with 80 vintage buses shuttling between a similar number of real ale pubs on the island, plus Isle of Wight Steam, and a tour and tasting at the Ringwood Brewery. We hope this tour is as appealing to you as it is to us!
Award winning rail holidays in the UK and Europe. All departing in 2019