Wirral to Wales Railway Holiday
Saturday, 25th September 2021
Wirral off to Wales
- The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
- Canal ingenuity at the Anderton Boat Lift
- Ferry across the Mersey to the Albert Dock
- Vintage trams galore in Birkenhead
- Steam in the Dee Valley with the Llangollen Railway
- Informative guided tour of historic Chester
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. A short drive from here brings us into Chester to check-in with the Queen before a guided tour of the city follows.
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 either rail or drive back to Chester for a final evening meal together.
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.
- 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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