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Cotswolds & Swindon Steam Explorer

This great value tour takes us through the beautiful Cotswolds by steam train and on a journey of exploration as we sail through the Gloucester Docks with visits to the Didcot Railway Museum and STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway also included. Round off your holiday in great style with a tour and tasting at the award winning Hook Norton Brewery.

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Cotswolds & Swindon Steam Explorer


5 days from £479



Thursday 19 May 2022

Thursday 4 August 2022

Thursday 6 October 2022



  • Explore Gloucester Docks by boat, the most inland port in the country

  • Visit the National Waterways Museum

  • Enjoy free time at leisure in Gloucester and the Cotswold Village of Broadway

  • Walk amongst legendary locomotives at STEAM – Museum of the GWR

  • Learn about the Great Western Society and see their collection at Didcot Railway Centre

  • Steam through the Cotswolds on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

  • Enjoy a tour and tasting at award winning Hook Norton Brewery


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




We arrive in Swindon where our hotel is conveniently situated a short walk from the railway station. Tonight, we enjoy our first evening meal together.



This morning we explore Gloucester's waterways as we head to the most inland port in the country, Gloucester Docks, where we will find the National Waterways Museum which tells the story of 200 years of the docks and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. Whilst here, we board our boat tour discovering the stories of the communities that lived and continue to thrive here. This afternoon is free to explore Gloucester independently.

B, D


Today is all about the rails as we visit two of the South West's best loved railway museums, both housed in former railway buildings. This morning, a short walk brings us to STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway. Here we will walk amongst legendary locomotives while glimpsing rare artefacts and interactive exhibits. This afternoon, a short train journey takes us to Didcot Railway Centre, home of the Great Western Society and its ever-growing collection of items relating to the GWR.

B, D


After breakfast we transfer by coach to the award-winning Hook Norton Brewery for a tour and tasting. The brewery is the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country and sticks very much to traditional methods of brewing from using an original steam engine to using Shire Horses to deliver the beer to the local pubs. Following our visit we enjoy free time in the quintessential Cotswold village of Broadway.In the afternoon we steam through the Cotswolds on scenic and recently extended Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, beginning our journey at Broadway and travelling to Cheltenham Racecourse.

B, D


We bid farewell to Swindon and make our way home.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Jurys Inn Hotel, Swindon

Situated close to the heart of Swindon, the Jurys Inn is ideally located for the train station and STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway. The en-suite bedrooms offer modern facilities including flat screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi. The hotel features a stylish bar and restaurant.



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London: Paddington



Greater London



South of England



East Anglia



South West



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North East



North West



South Wales



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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 £489


£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards


Single Room Supplement £145


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

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