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Ironbridge Victorian Christmas & Steam

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Step back in time and experience the magic of Christmas in a bygone era on our new Shropshire festive tour. Explore Blists Hill Victorian town, soak up the atmosphere, revel in the traditional celebrations and see 1800's style entertainment. Explore the historic market town of Shrewsbury with its black & white timber buildings, abbey, and castle. Steam through the beautiful Severn Valley in vintage carriages. Tempt your taste buds at Birmingham's Christmas market with bratwursts and glühwein!

4 days from £379

 

DEPARTS

Friday 4 December 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3-night stay at the Ramada Telford Ironbridge Hotel on a half board basis

  • Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Victoria Christmas at Blists Hill

  • Explore the medieval streets of Shrewsbury, one of England’s most ancient market towns

  • Steam through the rolling Shropshire countryside on the Severn Valley Railway

  • Visit Birmingham’s Christmas market, the largest authentic German Christmas market outside Germany!

 

All excursions and admissions as detailed

  • Dinner every evening

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

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Arriving in Telford Central, we make our way to the Ramada Ironbridge Hotel, located approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the railway station. We can explore the town or enjoy the hotels leisure facilities ahead of dinner.

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DAY 2

A short coach journey takes us to Blists Hill, a recreated 1800's town and time capsule of a bygone age. Here we experience the wonder of a magical Victorian Christmas and can walk the streets under falling snow, warm up by the fireside in our cosy cottages and watch as the townsfolk busily prepare for Christmas. We can enjoy delicious food, and soak up the festive atmosphere before we transfer by coach to Shrewsbury. During our afternoon in this historic riverside town we are free we wander around the medieval streets with timbered buildings, visit the award winning Old Market Hall, explore the Museum & Art Gallery and learn about Charles Darwin who was born in the town and visit the castle or abbey. Following our fascinating day, we return to Telford by train and have dinner at our hotel.

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DAY 3

This morning we travel to Kidderminster for a journey on the Severn Valley Steam Railway and settle into our seats in the festively decorated vintage carriages. Preservation of this historic full size standard gauge line began in 1965 and we take the scenic 16 mile route closely following the River Severn from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth return and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery glide past our windows. We then continue by train to Birmingham to visit the Frankfurt Christmas market to wander around the festive stalls, purchase some traditional Christmas gifts and to sample some delicious continental food and drink. We return to Telford by train and enjoy our final dinner together.

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DAY 4

We bid farewell to beautiful Shropshire and we make our way homeward.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Ramada Ironbridge Hotel, Telford

The 3-star Ramada Ironbridge is situated close to the centre of Telford and is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from Telford Central railway station. The comfortable en-suite bedrooms overlook landscaped lawns and are equipped with tea /coffee making facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi and safe. The hotel offers has a light and spacious restaurant and bar and, also has leisure facilities including indoor pool and gymnasium.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Euston

£635

£499

Greater London

£649

£515

South of England

£695

£529

East Anglia

£725

£545

South West

£659

£535

Heart of England

£549

£459

Midlands

£465

£439

Yorkshire

£639

£529

North East

£729

£575

North West

£595

£495

South Wales

N/A

£479

North Wales

£529

£459

Scotland

£795

£609


 

Join & Leave at Hotel £399

 

Single Room Supplement £85

 

£20 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

3 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

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

Rail & coach transfer as described

All excursions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

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