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Sunday 5:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Bath, Somerset & the Avon Valley

(Tour code: BBB4)

From our base in Bristol, the capital of the West Country, we explore beautiful Somerset, including its heritage steam railway and the Georgian city of Bath. We also visit idyllic Lacock and its medieval abbey.

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Tour Highlights
  • Bristol
  • West Somerset Railway
  • Dunster Castle & Gardens
  • Railway excursion to Bath and its Roman Baths
  • Avon Valley Railway
  • Lacock Abbey and village
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
Additional Information Departure Times

We typically suggest that our guests join our UK tours between 2pm and 3pm at the first hotel in the tour.

We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Day 1

Meet in Bristol

Your tour begins in Bristol, as you meet your Tour Manager at the 4-star Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel. You are free to explore this attractive and lively city before dinner.

  • Dinner
Day 2

Railway excursion to the city of Bath

Today we visit Bath, the spectacular Georgian show-piece city. Due to its array of architectural wonders, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and on arrival we enjoy a guided tour of the famous Roman Baths. Built to harness the city's supply of thermal springs, the baths offer a detailed insight into Roman daily life. We explore the well-preserved ancient complex, in addition to the decorative 12th century flourishes of the King's Bath. You are then free to explore the city; admire the Grand Pump Room, or take in the elegant Assembly Rooms, which both feature in the Jane Austen novel Northanger Abbey. Other highlights include Bath Abbey, the beautiful Pulteney Bridge and of course the honey-stoned Royal Crescent - arguably the emblem of this stunning city. We return to Bristol by rail.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Visit to Bath
Lacock Abbey
Day 3

The Avon Valley Railway and Lacock

This morning we head by coach to Bitton, where we join the heritage Avon Valley Railway for a nostalgic journey through the charming scenery of South Gloucestershire. Later we continue to Lacock, an idyllic medieval village that has undergone very little change in centuries. Crammed with rustic stone cottages, timber-framed houses and crooked winding lanes, the village is almost untouched by modern development; there are no phone masts or electric streetlights. Many period dramas, such as the BBC versions of Pride & Prejudice and Cranford, have been filmed here. During our time in Lacock, we visit Lacock Abbey; its atmospheric cloisters are a delight to wander around. You will also wish to take a stroll through the thatch-roofed village, with its quirky tearooms and attractive shops, before we return to Bristol by coach.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
West Somerset Railway
Days 4-5

The West Somerset Railway

This morning we travel by coach to Bishops Lydeard, located at the foot of the Quantock Hills, to join the fantastic West Somerset Railway. This is the UK's longest stretch of private heritage railway, operated by a dedicated army of almost 1,000 volunteers. Our journey takes us to Dunster, to visit Dunster Castle, perched dramatically atop a wooded hill. After breakfast on Day 5, you are free to depart at leisure.

  • Excursions
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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