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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.