Waterways, Railways and Screenplays – NEW & IMPROVED
Wiltshire is often overlooked as a destination for tours but is a county filled with hidden gems and steeped in culture. The stunning scenery has provided a fabulous backdrop for many a star of stage and screen and there is an abundance of natural and man-made history. This includes the Great Western Railway and Caen Hill Lock, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’.
Dates throughout 2021
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to hotel.
Why not journey through the scenic Cotswolds en-route?
Waterways and Railways.
Today, accompanied by our guide, we discover the wonders of 19th century engineering that created the railways and canals of this area. See the Dundas Aqueduct and the magnificent Caen Hill Lock staircase. In the afternoon, pass through Swindon’s ‘railway village’, enjoy a photo-stop at Box Tunnel and visit STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway. Also housed in the old railway buildings is the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet indoor shopping mall.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum, Castle Coombe.
The picture postcard village of Lacock is famous for its historic buildings, quaint tearooms, specialist shops, and as a TV and film location (the BBC’s Cranford Chronicles and Harry Potter). The Abbey is a quirky country house, where the medieval rooms and cloister court reveal its monastic past. The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography. After lunch we visit Castle Coombe, often voted the prettiest village in England. Take time to admire the Market Square where Steven Spielberg filmed scenes for War Horse (coaches drop off in the public car park and guests walk 10 minutes down the hill to the village).
Whilst in Wiltshire, why not stop for a look at historic Stonehenge before returning home?
Suggested hotels – Inspected by Greatdays staff in March 2019
Jurys Inn Swindon ***
This stylish 3-star hotel offers comfortable accommodation in the centre of Swindon and it is only a ten minute walk from the train and the bus station, which makes it the perfect base to enjoy all that Swindon city centre has to offer. The hotel boasts a restaurant, bar and lounge area and all 229 rooms are equipped with en-suite bathroom, TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities. Coach parking is available nearby.
Best Western Blunsdon House Hotel ****
The Blunsdon House Hotel in Swindon is set in 30 acres of beautiful Wiltshire countryside, overlooking the Vale of Cricklade with views of the Cotswolds. An ideal place to stay in Swindon, you’ll be surrounded by picture postcard villages and ancient landmarks – not to mention the excellent shopping facilities of the town itself. This 4-star hotel has 2 restaurants, 3 bars and leisure facilities including lift to all floors, tennis court, an indoor pool and a 9-hole par 3 golf course. All rooms feature private bathroom with power shower, free Wi-Fi, 22-inch satellite LCD TV, tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, ironing facilities and hairdryer. Free parking is available onsite.
|4 day tour|
|2021 dates||from £219 per person|