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Ironbridge Victorian Christmas & Steam

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!

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4 days from £389



Friday 3 December 2021



  • 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


Arriving at Telford Central station, we transfer to the Ramada Ironbridge Hotel. We can explore the town or enjoy the hotels leisure facilities ahead of dinner.



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 the 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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After a leisurely breakfast we have a little free time to explore our base of Telford before we travel to 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 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster return and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery glide past our windows. We then continue 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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We bid farewell to beautiful Shropshire and we make our way homeward.

*Important Note: Birmingham Christmas market and the Severn Valley Railway timetable are subject to change and cancellation and have not been confirmed for 2021 at the time of tour compilation. We do reserve the right to make substitutions and changes to the itinerary should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


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.



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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 £409


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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