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The Heart of England - Boats & Trains

The Heart of England - Boats & Trains

Typically English landscapes - the Cotswolds, Vale of Evesham and Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon - enhanced by both river and rail trips.


Typically English landscapes - the Cotswolds, Vale of Evesham and Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon - enhanced by both river and rail trips.

This tour to the Heart of England explores the counties of rural Gloucestershire & Worcestershire including the typically English landscapes of the Cotswold Hills, Vale of Evesham and Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avon.  Situated at the heart of the country it is an opportunity to discover just what really makes England tick. It is a haven of beautifully preserved stone cottages and half timbered houses, a green and pleasant land peppered with historic market towns and magnificent cathedral cities.  An ideal destination for the discerning visitor and one which so many writers, artists and craftsmen have drawn inspiration. We shall make best use of nostalgic steam railways and sightseeing river cruises to really enhance your experience of The Heart.


Monday - Morning departure from Dorset touring into the Cotswold Hills. Stop for lunch in Bourton on the Water before we drive on to our hotel.

Tuesday - To Toddington where we join the Gloucs. & Warks. Steam Railway for a nostalgic train ride through gorgeous Cotswold countryside to Cheltenham and back (1½ hr return). There will be time for lunch and to view the loco shed and period station. This afternoon make a scenic drive through the Vale of Evesham, stopping in Evesham with its pretty riverside walks and later through Pershore, an olde-world market town with magnificent Abbey. The surrounding countryside is famous for its fruit orchards.

Wednesday - Travel behind a thundering steam engine on the historic Severn Valley Railway - 16 miles through breathtaking scenery. After a 2 hour round trip there is time to visit the railway museum and take lunch. This afternoon we visit Worcester, the beautiful cathedral city renowned for its porcelain and piquant sauce. We have included a cruise on the River Severn aboard the historic boat "The Earl" built in 1923.

Thursday - Stratford on Avon: start your visit with a 1 hour morning sightseeing boat cruise on the River Avon. The remainder of the day is free to make your own discoveries in Stratford - from Shakespeare's birthplace and Anne Hathaway's cottage, an award winning Town Trail, a Butterfly Farm, the Museum of Witchcraft, beautiful Bancroft Gardens - to name but a few.

Friday - A visit to Gloucester Cathedral with a guided tour of the Cloisters, Tomb of Edward II and the Lady Chapel. Time for lunch in the Monk's Kitchen. Return to Dorset by late afternoon.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Kingscourt Hotel, Kings Coughton

Situated in a village location just 7 miles from Stratford upon Avon, this character hotel provides stylish and comfortable accommodation with top quality facilities. Based on a 16th century Tudor farmhouse and set in 16 acres of beautiful gardens it is family run and guards a reputation for personal service. All 61 bedrooms provide luxury mattresses, private bathroom with hairdryer, large screen TV, phone, tea tray and free wifi. The restaurant serves a menu of varied dishes using fresh local produce where possible in a relaxed and charming atmosphere. The adjacent Twisted Boot Bar is a traditional pub with a good selection of real ales and fine wines – the perfect place to socialize. The energetic can make use of a well equipped gym or for more sedate pleasure the gardens are lovely for a stroll. There is no lift, although bedrooms only located on ground and first floors.


TOUR PRICE: £479.00 Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £70.00


Price Includes: All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, 2 x Train fares, 2 x Boat fares, Gloucester Cathedral guide, VAT

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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