Our jaunt starts at Nottingham Station just before midday and our first afternoon is at a relaxed pace. We are going to enjoy a traditional cream tea aboard the Nottingham Princess cruising the River Trent. We glide past the football and cricket grounds, pass under the watchful eyes of the castle and enjoy city and country views before checking in to our city centre hotel.
Into deepest Leicestershire we head. Our steamy experiences today are enjoyed at the Battlefield Line running between Shackerstone and Shenton in the depths of the English Countryside. There will also be the chance to visit Bosworth Battlefield, with its excellent visitor centre, and look for the Kings horse! After lunchtime our circular day continues to Burton on Trent and the National Brewery Centre sited in the old Bass Brewery. Learn the history of the town and it’s most famous industry by way of some excellent presentations that include Shire Horses and Victorian Pub Games!
This morning we are headed for Leicester and start off with a cosmic experience at the National Space Centre followed by Abbey Pump Station where there are beam engines, nostalgic memorabilia and a narrow-gauge railway. The rest of the day is devoted to the Great Central Railway Autumn Steam Gala – and what an experience it is! Armed with rover tickets and itinerary suggestions to maximize your time enjoy an extensive passenger timetable, goods trains, postal trains and original stations along the line. It’s like being transported back to the heyday of the railways!
Last but by no means least, we leave Nottingham by train, via Derby, to complete the Matlock Branch Line up the Derwent Valley. On a bright, sunny morning we can enjoy riverside views dotted with the ex-mills that line it. Then, it’s The National Tramway Museum at Crich. Replica street scenes, “country” tram rides, a pub, restaurant, tea room and major museum presentations will absorb you until it is time to leave for Nottingham and homeward bound trains mid-afternoon.
This characterful hotel is a Victorian building located in Nottingham City Centre that boasts all the modern amenities one might expect including an indoor pool. Our evening dining here is from a hot/cold buffet, changing daily and, to ensure quality of service and cuisine, will be at an agreed time according to each day’s itinerary.