Cornwall & Scilly Isles Steam Railway Holiday

Thursday, 8th April 2021

Revised: Friday, 22nd October 2021



Scilly & Cornish

Holiday Highlights

  • Steam and pasties on the Bodmin Steam Railway
  • Travel all the scenic Cornish branch lines
  • The glory of the gardens of Tresco, by air out and back
  • Delightful river cruise on the Carrick Roads
  • Narrow gauge steam at Launceston and Lappa Valley
  • Enjoy a taste of Cornish heritage & cuisine

We are delighted to be able to once again offer our outstanding Cornish holiday based at a truly lovely hotel in Redruth. Autumn in Cornwall is a lovely time, it beats the crowds and beats staying at home too!!

Outline Itinerary


Journey to Liskeard and meet your courier and coach early afternoon. Then, relieved of luggage, we enjoy an afternoon of branch lines. The first is the delightful riverside run on the “switchback” line to Looe. There’s time for a nose around this quaint harbour town and then our second branch line takes us to Newquay. A short transfer from here delivers us to the Penventon Park in Redruth.


We are so looking forward to taking you on a splendid day trip to the Isles of Scilly. It only takes 20 minutes, flying from Land’s End International Airport, which means we can have a full day over there. We will have time to visit the island‘s capital, St Marys, and take a launch to Tresco for the world-famous Abbey Gardens. All in all, this is an expensive but ultimately memorable day trip to the Scilly Isles.
Scilly and Cornish - Tresco Abbey Gardens


We head west today, by train to St Erth for the St Ives branch line. This is iconic Cornwall – 13 minutes of magic coastal scenery. We complete this morning’s rail travel into Penzance and then go out to Cornwall’s latest branch line revival at Helston. Our afternoon takes us on a journey back via Truro to begin a lovely rail and river tour via the Falmouth branch line and a cruise up the Carrick Roads.


From Redruth it is but a short journey to the Lappa Valley for a steam train ride from Benny Halt to East Wheal Rose where attractions include a miniature train ride and mining heritage. Our steamy Sunday continues as we enjoy an afternoon at Cornwall’s premier steam railway. To make our visit more fun and topical we lunch on board the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway – pasties that is, washed down by Cornish ale (or a cuppa tea!) – what a great day out this is!


A relaxed morning drive across the moors to Launceston, where we join our friends Kay and Nigel for our final “event” of the holiday. We finish with “steam and cream” at the Launceston Steam Railway. Privately chartered, great fun and certain to send us on our way home with a spring in our heels. From here it is a short journey to Gunnislake, where we catch the famous branch line train to Plymouth, crossing Calstock Viaduct, and down by the Tamar. A lovely line and a lovely finale to a lovely holiday in lovely Cornwall.
Buxton Bimble - Joe at Buxton Station

Our Hotel

Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth
Perfectly situated for our explorations, this 4-star hotel is a fine Georgian mansion boasting recently renovated and individually furnished rooms. Our evening dining here is from a table d’hote menu, changing daily and, to ensure quality of service and cuisine, will be at an agreed time according to each day’s itinerary. A bonus is that at the end of our days one can relax, if one wishes, in the hotel’s spa and swimming pool – don’t forget your cozzies!

Special note:

This holiday stands out amongst our other 5-day holidays as far as price goes and it is no surprise. Accommodation in Cornwall at good standard hotels comes at a premium and quite apart from the myriad of attractions included one must consider that flights to the Scilly Isles are by no means cheap. So, a little more expensive perhaps but worth every penny we are sure.

What’s Included


  • All heritage railway rides
  • All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
  • Private coach transfers throughout the holiday
  • Flights to/from the Scilly Isles


  • All entrances
  • Detailed itinerary/information pack
  • Services of courier throughout


  • Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis


  • Pasties for lunch on the Bodmin Railway


What's not Included

  • Travel to/from the holiday start point
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Other lunches
  • Porterage

Let's book your dream holiday!

Cornwall & Scilly Isles Steam Railway Holiday
Tour Reference: SC5/1
Friday, 22nd October 2021 (previously Thursday, 8th April 2021)
5 days
Single supplement £20.00 per night - Unless you would prefer a small, single-bedded room at no supplement.