Itinerary ideas: Great British Steam Railways Tour


Off the shelf, flexible tours of the UK and Ireland


Great British Steam Railways Tour

What's it all about?

Our incredible Steam Railways tour will take passengers on a unique journey throughout Britain and Wales and allow them to experience the UK in a way that can only be done by steam travel. Tour highlights include the Ffestiniog – the oldest railway in the world and the Jacobite Express in Scotland which is best known as the 'Hogwarts Express' route in the Harry Potter movies. There's also plenty of time to visit historic sites, cities and railway museums.

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Tour details

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Region: England, Wales, Scotland

Length: 14 days / 13 nights

Transport options: Rail

Start and End: London Heathrow


Inclusions: 13 nights B&B and hotels accommodation, all rail fares, entrance and attraction fees, Info Pack, maps, taxes, fees and financial protection.

Exclusions: Meals other than breakfast, optional activities unless stated, Flights, Tips, Visa's

Great British Steam Railways Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Stratford-Upon-Avon

Beginning your UK Steam Tour with Great British Trips, today you will take a train from London to Stratford-Upon-Avon. You can explore the town where William Shakespeare was born and is buried.

Day 2: Shakespeare Express train, Birmingham

Today you will take the Shakespeare Express (only SUNDAY), 50 miles of main line steam travel north through more picturesque countryside between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham. Arriving in Birmingham, a visit to St. Birmingham Philip's Cathedral is recommended.

Day 3: Chester

This morning you will take a train to Chester. You can commence your exploration of Chester's ancient city walls by standing on top of the Northgate. This is the highest point in the city and from here you can observe the course of its ancient defensive ramparts running downhill on each side.

Day 4 -5 : Snowdonia

This morning, you will take a train to the Snowdonia region. You will then travel aboard a steam train through the magnificent Snowdonia National Park while you relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery, from Blaenau Ffestiniog to the Porthmadog. The next day, you will have plenty of time to explore the Snowdonia National Park.

Day 6: York

Today you will take a train to the Viking city of York. There is plenty to do here including one of the best cathedrals in the country and some great museums. Make sure you visit the National Railway Museum, the largest railway museum in the world.

Day 7: Scarborough

Today you will aboard a vintage steam hauled train across Yorkshires beautiful countryside. You will be taken on a circular route ending in Scarborough.

Day 8 - 9 : Edinburgh

Today you will visit Edinburgh. There you can visit some of the dozens of fabulous attractions including Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood House and the Royal Yacht Brittania. You can have a walk in the Royal Mile, a succession of streets which form the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city and take a sightseeing bus tour.

Day 10 - 11: Fort William & Jacobite Steam Train

Lying in the shadow of Ben Nevis - the UK's highest mountain, Fort William is the self proclaimed outdoor capital of Scotland. On Day 11 passengers will make an 84 mile round trip journey in an old steam train ('Harry Potters' Hogwarts line). The Jacobite

Day 12 - 13: Glasgow

During your journey to Glasgow, you will enjoy beautiful views of the Scottish countryside. You can take the day to explore this vibrant and energetic city, enjoy a fantastic blend of museums and galleries and some stunning architecture.

Day 14: London

This morning, you will take a train back to London for the conclusion of your UK Steam Tour.

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