West Midlands Steam Railway Holiday
FridayAlways happy to vary our itineraries so it’s not always “steam and scenery”, we meet at Cosford Station and spend our first afternoon at the Royal Air Force Museum. Here is a wonderful collection of everything to do with the air force and features a fascinating Cold War exhibition. Later we drive into Shrewsbury, check in, and then a guided walking tour of the historic centre will introduce us to the locale.
SaturdayOver the border we go in a Welsh roundabout day. Our morning is spent with the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway chugging through the most rural of landscapes. Indeed, the gradient and climb out of Welshpool Station is one of the steepest and noisiest in the country and perhaps best enjoyed from the carriage balcony. Later we find ourselves in the Dee Valley enjoying more lovely scenery, and an afternoon cream tea aboard, the Llangollen Steam Railway. Our roundabout day is completed by rail back from Chirk.
SundayBack to English things today. Very English things as we head to the Severn Valley Railway for a day of steam at one of the finest tourist railways in the land. Super museums to enjoy along the line and the chance of an accompanied stroll in Bridgnorth for a ride on the Victorian Cliff Railway. Somewhat less known in the world of preserved railways is the Telford & Horsehay Railway but it’s certainly worth a visit to celebrate the enthusiasm of the volunteers – great fun!
MondayBidding Shrewsbury a fond farewell we head for the Birthplace of British Industry. We pause at Ironbridge for photo’s on the way to arguably the best museum of its type in the UK – The Black Country Museum at Dudley. Trams (maybe even a trolleybus), a canal boat trip and authentic historic street scenes. Best fish and chips in the Midlands too! All too soon we have to leave heading by modern tram into Wolverhampton where we collect our luggage and commence homeward bound journeys mid-afternoon.
This excellent, town centre, four star hotel is our home for three relaxing nights. It combines olde worlde charm with modern comforts and hosts an array of historic period features. Once the home of the grandson of King James I it is a family owned establishment (though now a different family!) and exudes the friendliness of welcome one might expect. Dining will be at a pre-arranged time according to each days itinerary in the lovely, oak beamed, restaurant. This is the most expensive hotel we use, hence the holiday price.