Explore the spectacular Avon Valley by small railway
Journey through the magical West Country countryside on heritage railways and explore the charming market towns of the Cotswolds on this five-day tour. You'll experience the perfect blend of history and spectacular scenery in the Avon Valley on what is sure to be a memorable experience.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway uses part of the former Great Western Railway's mainline and will transport you from Cheltenham to Broadway with majestic views of the Malvern Hills. You will also enjoy a ride on the Avon Valley Railway, including a traditional cream tea served at your seat, and discover the unique collection of steam engines at Didcot Railway Centre. And, in what is sure to be an unforgettable trip, you'll visit Bristol Docks for a boat ride on the Bristol Packet Boat.
Your base for your holiday is the four-star Blunsdon House Hotel, set in 30 acres of beautiful countryside, with two restaurants, three bars and an indoor heated swimming pool.
Reasons to book
Ride through stunning countryside
Explore the Bristol Docks
Fascinating railway museums
- Four nights' half-board accommodation in Broad Blunsdon, Wiltshire
- Ride on The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, the Avon Valley Railway and the Bristol Packet Boat
- A cream tea onboard the Avon Valley Railway
- Entry to the Didcot Railway Centre
- Coach transfers for our excursions
- Services of our experienced Tour Manager
Day1Arrive in WiltshireSwindon, United Kingdom
Make your own way to our hotel, where you meet our Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening.
Day2The Didcot Railway museumDidcot, United Kingdom
After a leisurely breakfast, we travel by coach to the Didcot Railway Museum. Here, you'll have time to browse the unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons and a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway. The rural setting is based around the original 1930s engine shed.
Later, we travel to the market town of Swindon where you'll have time to explore the original settlement, known as the Old Town. Wander through the quiet courtyards and enjoy the vibrant mix of traditional shops and pubs alongside modern outlets and stylish cafes.
We later continue 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. The Museum 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 even work the signals in the interactive signal box. We return to our hotel for dinner this evening.
Day3The Gloucestershire Warwickshire RailwayBroadway, United Kingdom
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is a volunteer operated heritage railway which 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 and now operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds.
We board the train in Cheltenham and follow the line which commands wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets and villages, with outstanding views over to the Malvern Hills and beyond. On arrival in Broadway, you'll have some free time to wander around this quaint picture postcard village. It is a beautiful and historic village rich in cultural heritage. Broadway has a wide high street lined with chestnut trees and a mixture of period houses and honey-coloured cottages.
Day4The Bristol Packet Boat and Avon Valley RailwayBristol, United Kingdom
Our coach transfers us to Bristol where we board the Bristol Packet Boat ride through the Docks. Later, we travel by coach to Bitton Station where we join the Avon Valley railway for a memorable journey. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery along the re-laid Bitton track on restored carriages and locomotives. We also include a traditional English cream tea which is served at your seat.
Day5Return homeSwindon, United Kingdom
After a leisurely breakfast, it is time for you to check-out and make your way home
Blunsdon House Hotel
Best Western hotel with a classic country house feel
Set in 30 acres of beautiful countryside just outside Swindon, the four-star Blunsdon House hotel is situated in the village of Broad Blunsdon. There are two restaurants and three bars to relax and enjoy a drink after a day of exploring or alternatively take a swim in the hotels indoor heated swimming pool or take a walk around the beautiful grounds of the hotel.