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Canals, Steam & Historic Chester

Featuring two of the 'Seven Wonders of the Canals', this active tour based in historic Chester offers exciting heritage from Roman times to the golden industrial age of waterways and railways.

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5 days from £535



Sunday 18 April 2021

Sunday 23 May 2021

Sunday 18 July 2021

Sunday 26 September 2021



  • Explore the world of canals at Ellesmere Port, as the heyday of narrow boats comes alive

  • Ride on the Anderton Boat Lift, a marvel of Victorian engineering

  • Masterpiece of the canals, breathtaking Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

  • Llangollen Steam Railway nostalgia

  • 2000 years of history in the beautiful city of Chester

  • Relax strolling waterside paths and ancient city walls

  • Stay in heart of Chester


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage


We arrive in Chester where our hotel is conveniently situated near the railway station. Afternoon stroll along the ancient City Walls to the Dee for a river cruise and charming views of the town from the water. Return through Chester's attractive city centre.



By train to Ellesmere Port to discover the colourful world of Roses & Castles at the National Waterways Museum. Enjoy a guided tour of the large collection of narrow boats, other canal craft and recreated workshops; there is time for further exploration at leisure and we return to Chester by train.

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Experience one of Robert Aickman's 'Seven Wonders of the Canals' at the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift where after taking refreshments we trace the history of canal carrying and engineering and take the boat trip to descend the lift and cruise the River Weaver. We return to Chester for an afternoon at leisure in the city's charming streets of black-and-white houses, its Roman museum, beautiful Cathedral and the famous Rows. Walk the towpath below the towering walls, marvel at the massive and ingenious Northgate Staircase Locks, idle away a moment watching the boats in Chester Basin. There's something to see at every turn in Chester.

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By private coach to the Llangollen Canal at Llangollen Wharf for a breathtaking aerial cruise across another of the 'Seven Wonders', the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Crossing 126ft above the River Dee, it is the highest and longest aqueduct in Britain and a World Heritage site. We continue by road to Llangollen with time to look around the delightful town before a thrilling return steam train ride along the beautiful Dee Valley to Corwen.

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Bid farewell to beautiful Cheshire as we make our way homeward.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Queen Hotel, Chester

Situated in the heart of Chester, directly opposite the railway station, the Queen Hotel is characterised by its elegance and Victorian heritage. The en-suite bedrooms offer modern facilities including direct-dial telephone, TV with Freeview, tea/coffee making facilities and free WiFi. The hotel features delightful Italian gardens, bar and restaurant.



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*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.


Join & Leave at Hotel £535


Single Room Supplement £159


May/July/September Departure Supplement £60


4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

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