Lake District, Settle-Carlisle Railway and Cream Tea at Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Originally a Victorian manor house, the Preston Marriott Hotel puts you in the perfect spot to discover the very best of Lancashire. Relax in the beautifully landscaped gardens, enjoy a dip in the indoor swimming pool and dine on seasonal British favourites at the Cast Iron Grill. From here, we’ll take in the finest scenery of the north west of England, starting with a memorable journey along the Settle-Carlisle Railway – one of the most scenic railways in the UK! Step back in time during our visit to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, admiring the magnificent architecture and enjoying a cream team, before discovering three of the Lake District’s most spectacular towns – Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere.

Your Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Local joining points
  • Porterage at the hotel
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Itinerary

Local departure by coach or Home Connect service then on to the 4-star Preston Marriott Hotel near Preston for a four-night stay.

Included Meals

  • Dinner

Today we take a journey on the Settle-Carlisle Railway – one of the most scenic and impressive railways in the UK! The last great mainline railway to be built and completed for passenger travel in 1876, the building of the railway present tremendous challenges to traverse the landscape.

With 21 viaducts, 14 tunnels and 72 miles of track, it was advertised as the most picturesque route to Scotland, and the Victorian and Edwardian travelling public took it to their hearts. The route takes us over the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct and through the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Settle-Carlisle Railway

Step back in time and enjoy a cream tea in the elegant surroundings of Blackpool Tower Ballroom. One of the truly iconic venues of the 19th century, admire the intricately decorated ceiling, twinkling chandeliers, uniquely sprung dancefloor and ornate balconies. Take a turn on the dance floor to the sounds of the famous Wurlitzer Organ or sit and enjoy the magical atmosphere of this most special venue.

The remainder of the day will be at leisure – perhaps explore the grounds or enjoy the facilities at the hotel.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Blackpool Tower Ballroom and Cream Tea

Our included excursion today takes us to the beautiful Lake District. The spectacular landscapes have inspired so many writers and poets, and we'll start the day in Bowness-on-Windermere – one of the region's most popular destinations. The village lies on the shores of Lake Windermere and is filled with charming shops and quaint tearooms.

We continue to bustling Ambleside at the head of the lake, where there will be free time before we make our way to the pretty village of Grasmere.

Situated at the very heart of the Lake District, this charming village is famous for its literary connections and is home to the tiny Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, which lies in the grounds of the parish church.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Ambleside
  • Grasmere
  • Bowness-on-Windermere

Return home.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast

Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at the four-star Preston Marriott Hotel.

Reviews

4.3 Out of 5 ( 3 Reviews )

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Quality

4.7 / 5

Value for Money

5 / 5

Terry hamilton , 0 years ago

Yes it was great livedcthe hotel was great the driver was great piybabout thectraffic hold ups but that life, everything well organised highly recommended

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Mr Tolson, 0 years ago

Our visit to the Tower Ballroom was not of the best. On arrival there seemed a lot of confusion about the booking, which eventually was sorted out by our driver. We were then directed to a seating area on the opposite side of the Ballroom to where Afternoon Teas were being served. It then became apparent that we had to Self Serve our Cream Tea from a Servery and then carry it on a tray back to our seats amidst others waiting to dance. It was not the best of experiences. We suggest it needs a review. Apart from the above, all went well,. good hotel and food. other trips successful, all shepherded by an excellent driver. Michael & Joan Tolson

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Janice, 0 years ago

Staying at the Delta Marriott Hotel, Garstang and the excursions were excellent. The reason for 4 stars was the cream tea at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. We were not sat together as a group, you had to collect your own tea tray and the scone was served on a paper plate with a bamboo knife.

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