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Shropshire - Welsh Borders Steam and Cruise

Shropshire - Welsh Borders Steam and Cruise

A 5 day tour of the Welsh Borders including Steam Railway Journey & Cruise along River Severn


A 5 day tour of the Welsh Borders including Steam Railway Journey & Cruise along River Severn


This open-air museum allows visitors to experience an atmospheric way of Victorian life in the late 1800's. Life is re-enacted by townsfolk who wear the attire of the day and who go about their daily lives in the shops and workplaces of this authentic Victorian community. Many have been specially trained with specific skills and crafts and are ready to demonstrate to visitors exactly how certain tasks would have been done a small industrial town towards the end of Queen Victoria's reign, in the 19th century. Find a cure for 'drunkenness' in the Chemist, talk about the 'latest' Paris fashions in the Drapers and discover how the Victorians crafted the household objects of the day. Make sure you visit the Bank, where you can exchange your modern money for Blists Hills own Victorian legal tender to spend in the towns shops and pubs. 


Much Wenlock has been a market town for over 700 years and has a history that stretches back much further - a stunningly beautiful medieval town, it also played a part in the birth of the modern Olympic Games. Much Wenlock is the birthplace of Dr William Penny Brookes, the inspiration for the modern Olympic Movement and founder of the Wenlock Olympian Society. In the town there are holy wells, shuts, cobbles, whipping posts, stocks and all sorts of Olympic artefacts can be seen in the museum. Today, with a population of around 3,000 people, Much Wenlock feels much more like a village than a town. Stroll around the town centre and it may seem you have stepped back fifty or more years. You won’t find any ‘big names’, but you will find a great selection of traditional shops, all offering good old-fashioned personal service.


Renowned for the surrounding hills and the River Dee, Llangollen has something for every visitor. There is an astonishing range of cafés, bars, hotels, and restaurants. This small town also has a wealth of independent shops to browse and interesting places to visit. Take a stroll along the Victoria Promenade, picnic in the Riverside Park or watch the river tumble down beneath the bridge. Relax on the Llangollen Steam Railway as it follows the course of the River Dee.


Welshpool nestles into the upper reaches of the picturesque Severn Valley near the border between Wales and England. The bustling Market Town is surrounded by the rolling hills of Montgomeryshire and the glorious unspoilt countryside in Mid Wales. Traditionally an agricultural service centre, Welshpool possesses the largest sheep market in Europe and the feeling of a traditional hard working market town still remains today. Home to Powis Castle, the castle is known for its extensive, attractive formal gardens, terraces, parkland, deerpark and landscaped estate.


Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria for the journey south to the Trentham Garden Estate, time to look around the timber lodge shopping village, have lunch in one of the many restaurants or perhaps visit the award winning gardens. We leave mid afternoon for the remainder of the journey to Shrewsbury and our hotel the Mercure Albrighton Hall.


Day 2

After breakfast we head into Shrewsbury, one of England’s finest medieval towns with over 600 listed buildings, including many black and white properties dating from the Tudor period. We include a cruise on the River Severn complete with interesting commentary and complimentary tea and biscuits. After lunch we head to Welshpool and a visit to the magnificent Powis Castle & Gardens, this Welsh fortress with its opulent rooms and stunning gardens is steeped in history. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 3

Today we cross the border into Wales and explore the picturesque town of Llangollen with the River Dee running through its heart. Experience the peace and tranquillity of an included horsedrawn canal boat trip along the Llangollen Canal, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After time for lunch and to enjoy Llangollen’s wealth of independent shops and to take a stroll along Victoria Promenade, we have a nostalgic trip back in time through the Dee Valley on the Llangollen Railway. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Today we head to Ironbridge, recognised as the birthplace of the industrial revolution to visit Blists Hill, a detailed re-creation of a small Victorian town. This open-air museum allows visitors to experience Victorian life first hand with exhibits of our industrial heritage, including a stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal and remains of the Blast Furnaces and the Brick & Tile works. Our return journey to Shrewsbury takes in Much Wenlock with its cobbled streets, holy wells and whipping posts. In essence, this is pure antique England. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 5

We leave our hosts at the Albrighton Hall hotel and travel north to Chester, time at leisure for lunch and to explore the world famous Row Galleries, the most complete city walls in Britain, the Eastgate Clock and Chester cathedral before we return to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Mercure Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa

A stunning hotel situated 4 miles from Shrewsbury centre, this 18th century manor house has an ornamental lake and 15 acres of grounds for you to relax in and explore. Dine in the elegant Oak Room Restaurant or relax in the Terrace Bar. The Spa has an indoor heated pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. The luxurious en suite bedrooms have TV, hospitality tray and hairdryer. Limited lift access but ground floor rooms are available.







Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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