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Cornwall and Scilly Isles Steam Railway Holiday


Scilly and Cornish

Sillyness throughout

Holiday date: Friday, 19th April 2024
5 days for  £1169 per person
£2338 for two people sharing
Single supplement £80
Tour reference: SC5/1
A small, single-bedded room is an option with no supplement.

We are delighted to be able to once again offer our outstanding Cornish holiday based at a truly lovely hotel in Redruth. Autumn in Cornwall is a lovely time, it beats the crowds and beats staying at home too!!

Holiday Highlights

Steam and pasties on the Bodmin Steam Railway
Travel all the scenic Cornish branch lines
The glory of the gardens of Tresco, by air out and back
Delightful river cruise on the Carrick Roads
Narrow gauge steam at Launceston and Lappa Valley
Enjoy a taste of Cornish heritage & cuisine

Includes Flights and Best Hotels

This holiday stands out amongst our other 5-day holidays as far as price goes and it is no surprise.

Accommodation in Cornwall at good standard hotels comes at a premium and quite apart from the myriad of attractions included one must consider that flights to the Scilly Isles are by no means cheap.

So, a little more expensive perhaps but worth every penny we are sure.

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

Journey to Liskeard and meet your courier and coach early afternoon. Then, relieved of luggage, we enjoy an afternoon of branch lines. The first is the delightful riverside run on the “switchback” line to Looe. There’s time for a nose around this quaint harbour town and then our second branch line takes us to Newquay. A short transfer from here delivers us to the Penventon Park in Redruth.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday

We head west today, by train to St Erth for the St Ives branch line. This is iconic Cornwall - 13 minutes of magic coastal scenery. We complete this morning’s rail travel into Penzance and then go out to Cornwall’s latest branch line revival at Helston. Our afternoon takes us on a journey back via Truro to begin a lovely rail and river tour via the Falmouth branch line and a cruise up the Carrick Roads.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday

From Redruth it is but a short journey to the Lappa Valley for a steam train ride from Benny Halt to East Wheal Rose where attractions include a miniature train ride and mining heritage. Our steamy Monday continues as we enjoy an afternoon at Cornwall’s premier steam railway. To make our visit more fun and topical we lunch on board the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway – pasties that is, washed down by Cornish ale (or a cuppa tea!) – what a great day out this is!

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 4 - Monday

We are so looking forward to taking you on a splendid day trip to the Isles of Scilly. It only takes 20 minutes, flying from Land’s End International Airport, which means we can have a full day over there. We will have time to visit the island‘s capital, St Marys, and take a launch to Tresco for the world-famous Abbey Gardens. All in all, this is an expensive but ultimately memorable day trip to the Scilly Isles.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 5 - Tuesday

A relaxed morning drive across the moors to Launceston, where we join our friends Kay and Nigel for our final “event” of the holiday. We finish with “steam and cream” at the Launceston Steam Railway. Privately chartered, great fun, and certain to send us on our way home with a spring in our heels. From here it is a short journey to Gunnislake, where we catch the famous branch line train to Plymouth, crossing Calstock Viaduct, and down by the Tamar. A lovely line and a lovely finale to a lovely holiday in lovely Cornwall.

Meals: Breakfast


Bodmin and Wenford Railway

6 1/2 miles of Cornish steam travel on steep gradients and with three terminus stations.

Helston Railway

Stunning scenery on this railway revival running through rural Cornwall – it’s a bit remote this one.

Lappa Valley Railway

Narrow gauge steam trains take you to an old mine where there are two more miniature railways and even a boating lake.

Launceston Steam Railway

Family owned narrow gauge line with an extensive collection of engineering curiosities and a lovely café.

Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth

Perfectly situated for our explorations, this 4-star hotel is a fine Georgian mansion boasting recently renovated and individually furnished rooms. Public areas are grand indeed, with comfortable seating, portraits and ornaments…all very stately! A bonus is that at the end of our days one can relax, if one wishes, in the hotel’s spa and swimming pool – don’t forget your cozzies!

Features and Facilities

TREsemme hairdryer
Flat screen TV
Complimentary wi-fi
Iron & ironing board
Anti-allergy Spundown pillows and duvet
24-hour Room Service
Complimentary Leisure Club access

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday
Flights to/from the Scilly Isles


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis


Pasties for lunch on the Bodmin Railway

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
Other lunches
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