Heritage Railways of the Cotswolds and Avon Valley

Nestled amongst 30 acres of wonderful Wiltshire countryside, the 4-star Blunsdon House awaits you in the charming village of Broad Blunsdon. With a fantastic restaurant serving fresh and flavoursome à la carte cuisine, rooms furnished to an exceptional standard, and an irresistible range of leisure facilities, you’re guaranteed a relaxing stay. From here, join us on a journey of discovery as we explore some of the West Country’s most idyllic landscapes and memorable rail journeys. Take in a unique blend of fascinating history and spectacular scenery as we travel along heritage railways through the Cotswolds and the Avon Valley, enjoy a ride on the Bristol Packet Boat, and visit Brunel’s SS Great Britain – formerly the biggest passenger ship in the world. With many more exciting experiences on offer, this break is sure to leave you with many incredible memories.

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Single Room Supplement from £150pp

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Your Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Itinerary

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

Included Meals

  • Dinner

After a leisurely breakfast, we travel by coach to Bristol for a visit to Brunel's SS Great Britain. This magnificent steamship was the biggest passenger ship in the world when she came into service. We have time to explore the painstakingly restored ship, fascinating dry dock and original settlement. Wander through the quiet courtyards and enjoy the vibrant mix of traditional shops and pubs alongside modern outlets and stylish cafés.

Later, we continue by coach to 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 and 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 work the signals in the interactive signal box.

We return by coach to our hotel for dinner this evening.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Brunel's SS Great Britain
  • Museum of the Great Western Railway

Today, we travel by coach to Cheltenham and board the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, which is a volunteer-operated heritage railway that runs along the Gloucestershire and Worcestershire border. It uses part of the route of the former Great Western Railway's main line from Birmingham to Cheltenham, operating steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. Enjoy wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets, villages, the Malvern Hills and beyond as we follow the line to Broadway.

On arrival, you’ll have some free time to wander around this picture-postcard village which is steeped in cultural heritage. The charming high street is lined with chestnut trees and a mixture of period houses and honey-coloured cottages.

We return to the hotel by coach and enjoy dinner this evening.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
  • Broadway

Today, our coach transfers us to Bristol, where we board the Bristol Packet Boat for a ride through the Docks.

Later, we travel by coach to Bitton Station and join the Avon Valley Railway for a memorable journey. Sit back, relax on board the restored carriages and locomotives, and soak up the scenery along the re-laid Bitton track. We also include a traditional English cream tea which is served at your seat.

We return to our hotel by coach later this afternoon and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Bristol Packet Boat Trip
  • Avon Valley Railway

After breakfast, it is time to check out of the hotel and make your own way home.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast

*Please note: We cannot guarantee that all our rail journeys will be steam hauled and the running order of the itinerary may change depending on availability. The final itinerary will be confirmed in your final Travel Documents.*

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Best Western Premier Collection Blunsdon House

Best Western Premier Collection Blunsdon House

Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at the Blunsdon House Hotel, Best Western Premier Collection.

Best Western Premier Collection Blunsdon House

Best Western Premier Collection Blunsdon House

Nestled within 30 acres of gorgeous Wiltshire countryside, the 4-star Blunsdon House, a Best Western Premier Collection hotel, awaits you in the charming village of Broad Blunsdon. Discover a haven of relaxation and indulgence with two restaurants and three bars, offering the perfect setting to unwind, and enjoy a refreshing drink after a day of exploration. Stroll through the captivating grounds, visit the lovely nearby villages and local landmarks, or enjoy the excellent shopping facilities of the town. The hotel boasts free Wi-Fi, a gym, indoor pool, steam room and sauna (extra charges may apply, please pay locally).

Location: Blunsdon, Swindon, SN26 7AS

Hotel Facilities

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Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe Box
  • Free Wifi
  • Ensuite Facilities
General
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Lift
Accessibility
  • Disabled Rooms Available
  • Ground Floor Rooms on Request
Service
  • Gym
Hotel
  • Swimming Pool
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

Single Room Supplements

Single Room Supplement from £150

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4.7 Out of 5 ( 3 Reviews )

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Barry, 0 years ago

Very good hotel. Good informative guide. Planned visits were very good. Coach driers were good and we both enjoyed the whole experience.

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Mr P Blow, 0 years ago

A good selection of different activities and a full itinerary. Hotel good and food excellent.

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Ron Reed, 0 years ago

Great hotel, good itinerary, well organised, great tour manager.

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