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East Midlands Steam Railway Holiday


The Great Central

An overdose of steam

Holiday date: Friday, 30th September 2022
4 days for  £659 per person
£1318 for two people sharing
Single supplement £90
Tour reference: GC4/1

A brilliant (even if we do say so ourselves!) trip in and around the East Midlands that coincides with the magnificent Great Central Railway Steam Gala. There are so many scenic, nostalgic and heritage attractions in the area that this could be an 8-day holiday – here, condensed, is the pick of the best!

Holiday Highlights

The Great Central Autumn Steam Gala
Cream tea aboard Nottingham Princess cruising the River Trent
Battlefield Line and the chance to visit Bosworth Battlefield
Shire horses and beer at the National Brewery Centre
Step back in time with a visit to the National Tramway Museum at Crich
Great scenery from the Matlock Branch Line in the Derwent Valley

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

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.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday

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!

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday

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!

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4 - Monday

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.

Meals: Breakfast


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Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

The Hilton Hotel, Nottingham

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.

Features and Facilities

Radio alarm clock
Black-Out Curtains
Lever Door Handles
Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp
Hand-held shower
Iron/ironing board
Crabtree and Evelyn(R) bath amenities
Evening Room Service Available
High Speed Internet Access
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
Telephone - Auto Wakeup

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis


Cream tea on the Trent

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
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