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Holiday type Rail holidays
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £299
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Classic steam railway journeys

The Severn Valley Railway is one of the most popular heritage railways in the country and for four decades has graduated from relative obscurity to a prominent position in British railway preservation. The railway was used as a transport route for 101 years, from 1862 until 1963, and nowadays the initials SVR are not solely part of the specialist jargon of keen railway enthusiasts but enjoyed by thousands of people who want to enjoy the thrill of steam through some of England's outstanding countryside. The 16-mile route follows the course of the River Severn for much of the time between Kidderminster, Bewdley, Arley, Highley, Hampton Loade and Bridgnorth in Shropshire and Worcestershire. The two event dates coincide with the Spring Steam Gala in March, featuring guest locomotives, and the 1940s nostalgia weekend in July.

Your host is Mary Moore, an experienced guide from the area who will also be joined on the first night by Paul Atterbury or Tim Bryan. Paul is well known for his regular appearances on the 'Antiques Road Show' as well as being a passionate railway enthusiast and has written extensively on the history of Britain's trains and rail journeys. Tim is also a railway enthusiast and is author of eight books including 'The Great Western Railway - A Celebration'.


  • Two nights bed and breakfast at the four star Hilton Birmingham Bromsgrove, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night three course private dinner with wine
  • Second dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • One light lunch
  • Talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout
Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed & breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Arrive independently at the Hilton Birmingham Bromsgrove from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an illustrated talk by Paul Atterbury.

Day two

Today is dedicated to the Severn Valley Railway. Your day ticket allows you unlimited journeys on the line throughout the day, so you can disembark at whichever stations you wish to explore. This ticket also gives you entrance to the Engine Room museum. Our journey begins at Kidderminster where you will board a magnificent steam-hauled train to chug gently through the countryside, travelling through: the quaint riverside town of Bewdley; the timeless village of Arley (you may recognise the station from the BBC’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe); Highley, where you’ll find the engine house which houses the reserve collection of steam locomotives; and many more before reaching Bridgnorth with its thriving Saturday market.

Day three

We spend today exploring the city of Birmingham. Firstly we will take a canal cruise from Sherbourne Wharf, which highlights Birmingham ‘ancient and modern’ and shows how the canals made the city prosper. This is followed by a city tour by coach and lunch at the Rope Walk pub, which is situated in the Georgian quarter of Hockley. This afternoon we will have a private visit of Soho House, the home of industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Bolton. The house was once the meeting place for some of the greatest minds of the 18th century, the Lunar Society, whose members included James Watts, Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgwood and Joseph Priestley. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
Hilton Birmingham Bromsgrove

Conveniently located with easy access to the M42/M5 motorways the four star Hilton Birmingham Bromsgrove is an ideal base to explore the heart of England. Facilities at the hotel include a bar, restaurant, indoor pool, sauna and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone and hairdryer. Complimentary car parking for Travel Editions clients is available at the hotel.
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Paul Atterbury was an excellent choice of speaker and added to the overall experience.
Sep 2013
Mr Treloar