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.
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.