East Midlands Steam Railway Holiday

Friday, 1st October 2021



The Great Central

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
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!

Outline Itinerary


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.


A day of Great Central action on both sides of Loughborough. In the morning we take to the streets for a modern tram ride to Ruddington for the Great Central (Northern) Heritage Centre. Heritage buses and a train ride to Loughborough and back as far as a gypsum factory (!) The rest of the day is dedicated 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!



Now, onto deepest Leicestershire. 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!


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.


Our Hotel

The Hilton Hotel, Nottingham
What a treat this is going to be! 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. Dining will be on an individual basis and from the hotel’s normal restaurant menu – yum!
The Hilton Hotel Nottingham

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
  • Porterage
  • Lunches

Let's book your dream holiday!

East Midlands Steam Railway Holiday
Tour Reference: GC4/1
Friday, 1st October 2021
4 days
Single supplement £30.00 per night