Wirral to Wales Railway Holiday

Saturday, 25th September 2021

England/Wales

UK

Wirral off to Wales

Holiday Highlights

  • 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
Based in England but venturing west for the absolute best of Welsh narrow-gauge steam. Chester is lovely, the hotel top-notch and our novel itinerary is bordering on genius!

Outline Itinerary

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Anderton_Boat_Lift
Wirral Transport Museum. Credit: E PollockWikimedia Commons
Wirral Transport Museum

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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.

Ffestiniog Welsh Highland Railway: Credit: T Parnell/Wikimedia Commons
Ffestiniog Welsh Highland Railway
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Our Hotel

The Queen Hotel, Chester
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.
The Queen Hotel Chester

What’s Included

Transport

  • All heritage railway rides
  • All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
  • Private coach transfers throughout the holiday

Entertainment

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

Accommodation

  • Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
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What's not Included

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

Let's book your dream holiday!

CH1
Wirral to Wales Railway Holiday
Tour Reference: WO4/1
Saturday, 25th September 2021
4 days
£649
Single supplement £30.00 per night