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Wirral to Wales Steam Railway Holiday

Wirral to Wales Steam Railway Holiday

Wirral off to Wales

Have a chuffing time in Chester

Holiday date: Friday, 6th May 2022
4 days for  £649 per person
£1298 for two people sharing
Single supplement £90
Tour reference: WI4/1

Based in England but venturing west for the absolute best of Welsh narrow-gauge steam. Chester is lovely, the hotel top-notch and our novel itinerary is bordering on genius!

Holiday Highlights

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
Canal ingenuity at the Anderton Boat Lift
Ferry across the Mersey to the Albert Dock
Vintage trams in Birkenhead
Steam in the Dee Valley with the Llangollen Railway
Informative guided tour of historic Chester

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

We meet at Crewe about lunchtime and head northwards to Northwich for the amazing Anderton Boat Lift – a truly remarkable piece of Victorian engineering and the first of its kind in the world.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday

We’re off to the Wirral today. Local rail and the famous Mersey Ferry take us to Albert Dock for the Liverpool Museum and the adjacent Maritime Museum. In the afternoon we’re back across the river for a vintage tram ride to the Wirral Transport Museum and then the option of visiting picturesque Port Sunlight or of returning to Chester for independent explorations – perhaps visit the shops in the ancient tiered galleries or stroll around the city walls.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Wirral Transport Museum. Credit: E Pollock Wikimedia Commons
Day 3 - Sunday

Introducing our “Snowdonian Circular” – and what a day it promises to be! We drive along the North Wales Coast heading for Caernarvon. The Welsh Highland Railway has a brand-new station here from where our narrow-gauge adventure begins. The journey is spectacular. Views of the Menai Straits, Snowdon and then the Aberglaslyn Pass unfold as we steam to Porthmadog Harbour Station – home of the Ffestiniog Railway. Another world class, narrow-gauge steam train ride up the vale to Blaenau Ffestiniog follows – spectacular stuff! Here we change to the service train down the lovely Conwy Valley to Llandudno Junction and cross the road for an evening meal in the Station Hotel. We’ll rail back to Chester from here when we are good and ready.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4 - Monday

Our last day takes us back over the border via the Horseshoe Pass and into Llangollen. The local steam railway is blessed with lovely riverside scenery in the Dee Valley. A final morning of chuffing through the countryside, in a nostalgic and relaxed manner, is the ideal way to finish off a memorable holiday. It all ends with a short drive back up to Chester for home-bound trains, mid-afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast


Ffestiniog Railway

13 1/2 miles of narrow gauge steam running through amazing scenery between Porthmadog & Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Llangollen Railway

Standard gauge railway in the Dee Valley with riverside views and intermediate stations.

Welsh Highland Railway

Rebuilt narrow gauge line running between Porthmadog and Caernarfon through the Snowdonian National Park - glorious scenery throughout.

Wirral Transport Museum

Collection of historic trams with a running line linking the museum with Woodside Ferry Terminal

Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

The Queen Hotel, Chester

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Part of Best Western’s Premier Collection 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 that could indeed be fit for a queen. Staying here is a delight and worth the holiday price on its own for the comfort and convenience it provides.

Features and Facilities

Free WIFI available throughout the hotel
24 Hour Room Service
Lift to all floors

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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