North West England Steam Railway Holiday
We are chuffed to be able to present a super holiday based in the beautiful, historic City of Chester. This really is a lovely place with black and white timbered buildings, original city walls and serene riverside vistas. From here we tour The Wirral, Cheshire and nearby Wales, using the excellent local rail services extensively. The itinerary has a strong boating flavour with time afloat at the Anderton Lift, Pontcysylite Aquesduct and the Mersey Ferry all included. Railways are, of course, not forgotten with steam at Llangollen and Bala complementing a truly varied holiday.
We meet at Crewe about lunchtime and our first visit is a few miles further north near Northwich. Here we take a boat ride through the amazing Anderton Boat Lift – a truly remarkable piece of Victorian engineering and the world’s first boat lift. Later, we track across to Chester and introduce you to the city by way of a guided tour. Our get together meal this evening will be in a local hostelry.
A super day out in The Wirral is completed without the use of a coach at all. Local rail and the famous Mersey Ferry take us to Albert Dock in Liverpool for the extensive Merseyside Maritime Museum. In the afternoon we are back across the river for Birkenhead’s historic trams and transport museum. Mid afternoon you have the option of visiting picturesque Port Sunlight, a real eye-opener, or of returning to Chester early for independent explorations – perhaps visit the shops in the ancient tiered galleries or take a stroll around the city walls. This evening you are free to dine at leisure in the Kings restaurant at the hotel.
Off over the border today for a round trip into Wales and a super steamy excursion. We travel over the hills this morning to the Bala Lake Railway at Llanuwchllyn for a lovely narrow gauge trip, chuffing alongside the lake and keeping an eye out for the resident monster within. Later we track the ex-Great Western line back into the Dee Valley for an afternoon of steam courtesy of the Llangollen Railway. Another scenic ride enjoys riverside and country views all the way to Corwen and back. We’ll dine together tonight at the hotel with a finale meal.
After a leisurely breakfast we head south once more by rail to Wrexham and on then to Trevor. The highlight of our last day is quite literal as we travel the “stream in the sky” over Telford’s famous Pontcysylite Aqueduct by boat. After a local lunch we set off across country to Crewe Station where homeward bound journeys commence mid afternoon.
The Hallmark Queen Hotel, Chester
This four star establishment is one of Chester’s top hotels. It is a spacious Victorian building situated immediately opposite Chester Railway Station making it the ideal base for our particular brand of touring. Good food, a stately walled garden and well-appointed rooms with all the amenities one would expect. Staying here is a delight and worth the holiday price on its own for the comfort and convenience it provides.