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Cotswolds & Swindon Steam Explorer

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Railtrail's new 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

5 days from £439

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 22 April 2021

Thursday 8 July 2021

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

DAY 1

We arrive in Swindon where our hotel is conveniently situated a short walk from the railway station. You may wish to relax upon check-in in the hotel's leisure facilities ahead of dinner this evening in the hotel restaurant.

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DAY 2

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.

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DAY 3

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.

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DAY 4

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 visit the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, beginning our journey at Cheltenhem Racecourse, we steam into the Cotswolds on a scenic line recently extended to Broadway.

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DAY 5

We bid farewell to Swindon and make our way home.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

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.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Paddington

£535

£505

Greater London

£539

£509

South of England

£555

£515

East Anglia

£595

£539

South West

£595

£519

Heart of England

£555

£515

Midlands

£585

£499

Yorkshire

£645

£545

North East

£699

£569

North West

£675

£555

South Wales

£565

£505

North Wales

£615

£529

Scotland

£725

£595



Join & Leave at Hotel £4449

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single Room Supplement £125

 

July Departure Supplement £20

 

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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