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South Western Steam Railway Holiday

FC4 - Swindon & Cricklade Railway

Feeling Chipper

A cheerful check-in at Chippenham

Holiday date: Friday, 7th June 2024
4 days for  £729 per person
£1458 for two people sharing
Single supplement £105
Tour reference: FC4/1

Why Feeling Chipper? Well, we are confident that this new holiday based in Chippenham (there’s the chipper!) will leave you feeling so. A lovely, rural and rustic experience that combines some super south-western scenery with a smattering of nostalgic attractions – some of which are not so easy to get to independently – read on:

Holiday Highlights

Cream Tea aboard the Gloucester & Warwick Railway
The excellent STEAM museum at Swindon
Somerset & Dorset nostalgia at Midsomer Norton
Chug alongside the Avon from Bitton
See the lions of Longleat and so much more!
Wonderful west-country scenery on the local lines

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

Here we go! We meet at Frome Station, which is a convenient start point for our first visit of the holiday. Close by is Longleat Safari Park, which has much of interest. We first take a safari drive and then you might like to get lost in the maze, or visit the manor house, but we cannot leave here without a  ride on the Longleat Railway. Now, that’s how you start off a holiday!

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday

A big circular day starts at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, one of the UK’s unsung gems, very much in the middle of nowhere. A railway museum, war museum, and a line now extended beyond last year’s 4 1⁄2 mile round trip...we expect! Then, it’s Swindon to Gloucester by rail on the truly scenic line through Stroud. The Gloucester and Warwick Railway awaits nearby. Running through lovely rolling scenery between Cheltenham Racecourse and the Cotswold’s gem of Broadway this line is a delight. We intend to enhance your after- noon with a cream tea to complement the ride.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday

Today we head West and South for a day of nostalgic steam. The Avon Valley Railway chugs out of Bitton, serenely alongside the river. Later we pop into Midsomer Norton for an emerging heritage railway with surprisingly far-reaching views. These guys are super friendly and keen to indulge us with the history of the legendary Somerset & Dorset. Our day just gets better and better as we descend upon the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore. A fitting finale before heading back to Chippenham, feeling exceptionally chipper!

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Geof Sheppard, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Day 4 - Monday

A nice easy morning to finish with takes us back to Swindon for one of the finest railway museums in the country...STEAM – it’s everything that is GWR. Homeward bound journeys will start from Swindon Station early afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast


Coming soon!

Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

The (Best Western Plus) Angel Hotel, Chippenham

This super establishment is located in the centre of Chippenham. Itself, a lovely quiet town, with an impressive railway viaduct crossing it, and a relaxed feel. The hotel’s accommodation is split between the original coaching house, housing the restaurant, lounge and bar, and more modern addition at the rear complete with swimming pool. Both are connected via a delightful courtyard which will be so pleasant to relax in on a balmy summer’s evening.

Features and Facilities

32” LCD TV
Tea / coffee welcome tray
Iron and ironing board
Hair dryer
Complimentary wi-fi,
Heated indoor pool and gym

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

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
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