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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 £599



Monday 13 May 2024

Monday 8 July 2024

Monday 9 September 2024



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

  • Enjoy a cruise on the River Dee

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

  • Masterpiece of the canals, breathtaking Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

  • Llangollen Steam Railway nostalgia

  • 2,000 years of history in the beautiful city of Chester

  • Relax strolling waterside paths and ancient city walls

  • Stay in the heart of Chester


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening plus 1 hot drink & cake

  • 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 opposite the railway station. In the afternoon we can take a stroll to the ancient City Walls or Roman Gardens before our first evening meal together.



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

B, D


We experience one of Robert Aickman’s ‘Seven Wonders of the Canals’ at the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift where, after taking light refreshments of tea/coffee and cake, 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 in the afternoon and enjoy a 30-minute cruise on the River Dee followed by free time 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.

B, LR, D


Today our private coach takes us to the Llangollen Canal 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.

B, D


We bid farewell to beautiful Cheshire as we make our way homeward.


B=Breakfast, LR=Light Refreshments, D=Dinner


Queen Hotel, Chester

Situated 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, tea/coffee making facilities, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel features delightful Italian gardens, bar, and restaurant.



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London: Euston



Greater London



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South Wales



North Wales






*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 £599


Single Room Supplement £150


July Departure Supplement £30


September Departure Supplement £40


4 nights’ bed, breakfast & table d’hôte evening meal plus 1 hot drink & cake

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

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage


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