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Dorset Coast & Isle of Wight Steam

Explore delightful Dorset by steam train and marvel at the Jurassic Coast from our boat trip along the shoreline. Travel through the picturesque New Forest to Beaulieu with its National Motor Museum depicting the story of motoring in the UK and visit wonderful Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway. Round off your holiday in great style with a day's adventure on the Isle of Wight and a trip on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

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5 days from £780



Monday 10 June 2024

Monday 16 September 2024



  • Return boat trip along the Jurassic Coast

  • Nostalgic journey on the Swanage Railway

  • Travel through the New Forest to beautiful Beaulieu

  • Discover over 250 vintage vehicles at Beaulieu National Motor Museum

  • Visit Exbury's glorious gardens and take a trip on the narrow-gauge steam railway

  • Return rail and ferry to the Isle of Wight

  • Free time in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight

  • Experience the ‘Island Line’

  • Journey back in time on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

  • Bournemouth seaside hotel with indoor and outdoor swimming pool


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

  • Hotel Porterage




Arrive in Bournemouth and transfer to the Best Western Carlton Hotel, superbly situated on the East Cliff. Perhaps head into Bournemouth or take a stroll along the East Cliff before we enjoy our first dinner together this evening.



Our first excursion heads first to Poole, from where we join our boat trip along the Dorset coast. Cruising through beautiful Poole Harbour, we view the start of the Jurassic Coast, a remarkable natural landscape protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Passing Old Harry Rocks, we sail into Swanage Bay, disembarking at Swanage’s Victorian pier. During our time in Swanage, we enjoy a return journey on the nostalgic Swanage Railway, which operates along six miles of track from Swanage past the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle. We return to Poole by boat, then coach to Bournemouth, we enjoy dinner at the hotel.

B, D


Today we depart Bournemouth travelling by coach into the delightful New Forest, whose pretty villages and verdant forests are disturbed only by the native ponies or deer. We enjoy a visit to Beaulieu Motor Museum with over 250 vintage motor vehicles, our ticket also provides access to the World of Top Gear, the Victorian splendor of Palace House with its beautiful grounds & gardens, the tranquil ruins of the 12th century Beaulieu Abbey, The Secret Army Exhibition, and unlimited rides on the Monorail & Veteran Bus. In the afternoon we transfer to nearby Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway created by the famous Rothchild family and home to a host of exotic plants benefitting from the unique micro-climate. We enjoy a journey on the narrow-gauge steam railway that meanders through the gardens before returning to our hotel.

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Transferring to Lymington, we join the Wightlink ferry to transport us the short distance to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. Our coach awaits for a scenic ride along the western side of the island, around the southern tip to Shanklin. We take the Island Line service to Smallbrook Junction. Due to the low ceiling of Ryde Tunnel towards the northern end of the 8-mile stretch of track, normal size trains cannot operate on the island, which led to the Island Line using refurbished London Underground trains. At Smallbrook Junction we switch onto the nostalgic Isle of Wight Steam Railway, crossing the island’s heart through picturesque countryside to Wootton. Returning from Wootton to the railway’s Haven Street station, we transfer by coach to Yarmouth for our ferry and transfer back to Bournemouth.

B, D


We bid farewell to Bournemouth and head homewards.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Best Western Carlton Hotel, Bournemouth

Located on Bournemouth’s famous East Cliff and built in the Victorian era, the 3-star Carlton Hotel offers dramatic views across the bay and is just a 15-minute stroll along the seafront from the shops and pier. The hotel offers a restaurant with wonderful sea views, bar, outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers surrounded by gardens and palm trees, indoor swimming pool, gym, and sauna. The en-suite bedrooms all feature free Wi-Fi, TV, and tea/coffee making facilities.



Fare Region



London: Waterloo



Greater London



South of England



East Anglia



South West



Heart of England









North East



North West



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 £780


Single Room Supplement £250


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 & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage


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