Heritage Railways of the Cotswolds & Avon Valley

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9 May 2019 - 26 Sep 2019
Duration: 5 days
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HIDDEN DEEP WITHIN THE BEAUTIFULLY BRITISH WEST-COUNTRY IS A MARVEL OF MAGICAL RAIL TRAVEL.

From your base in a charming hotel in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, join us on a journey of discovery as we explore some of England’s most idyllic landscapes. Experience a perfect blend of history and travel along heritage railways through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds and the Avon Valley. With included railway journeys, along with time to explore each destination as well as a ride on the Bristol Packet Boat and more - this break is sure to leave you with many memorable experiences.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Four nights’ half board accommodation in Wiltshire
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Visit Didcot Railway Centre to discover the unique collection of steam engines
  • Enjoy free time exploring the market town of Swindon
  • Indulge in the history of the Great Western Railway
  • Take an unforgettable ride on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway
  • Visit the gloriously green landscapes of Broadway
  • A memorable boat ride on the Bristol Packet Boat around Bristol Docks
  • Enjoy a ride on the Avon Valley Railway including a traditional cream tea

Day 1: Wiltshire

Make your own way to our hotel, where you meet our Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 2: Didcot Railway Museum – Museum of the Great Western Railway

After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer by coach to the Didcot Railway Museum. Here, you’ll have time to browse the unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons and a recreation of Brunel’s broad gauge railway. The rural setting is based around the original 1930’s engine shed. Later, we travel by coach to the market town of Swindon where you’ll have time to explore the original settlement, known as the Old Town. Wander through the quiet courtyards and enjoy the vibrant mix of traditional shops and pubs alongside modern outlets and stylish cafes. We later continue the Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon. The museum is located in a beautifully restored Grade II listed railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. Situated opposite the Swindon Designer Outlet, the Museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway. See famous locomotives, ‘drive’ the train simulator and even work the signals in the interactive signal box. We return to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Day 3: Gloucester & Warwick Railway – Broadway

Broadway has a wide high street lined with chestnut trees and a mixture of period houses and honey-coloured cottages. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is a volunteer operated heritage railway in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. It uses part of the route of the former Great Western Railway's main line from Birmingham to Cheltenham and now operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. We board the train in Cheltenham and follow the line which commands wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets and villages, with outstanding views over to the Malvern Hills and beyond. On arrival in Broadway, you’ll have some free time to wander around this quaint picture postcard village. It is a beautiful and historic village rich in cultural heritage.

Day 4: Bristol Packet Boat Trip – Avon Valley Railway

Our coach transfers us to Bristol where we board the Bristol Packet Boat ride through the Docks. Later, we travel by coach to Bitton Station where we join the Avon Valley railway for a memorable journey. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery along the re-laid Bitton track on restored carriages and locomotives. We also include a traditional English cream tea which is served at your seat.

Day 5: Home

After breakfast, you are free to check out of our hotel and depart at leisure.

Best Western Premier Collection Blunsdon House Hotel

Set in 30 acres of beautiful countryside the 4 star Blunsdon House hotel is situated in the village of Broad Blunsdon. All the individually decorated bedrooms have flat screen televisions, a safety deposit box, telephone, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. There are two restaurants and three bars to relax and enjoy a drink after a day of exploring or alternatively take a swim in the hotels indoor heated swimming pool or take a walk around the beautiful grounds of the hotel.