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Bath & Bristol Christmas Markets

(Tour code: BBM7)Christmas Markets and a trip on the Avon Valley Railway

Discover the beautiful West Country in the run-up to Christmas on this exciting break. We visit the Christmas Markets of bustling Bristol and glorious Bath and enjoy a steam railway and charming Lacock Abbey.

Tour Highlights
  • Bristol and its Christmas Market
  • Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage City
  • Bath Christmas Market
  • The Avon Valley Railway
  • Lacock Abbey and village
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Day 1

Meet in Bristol

Your tour begins in Bristol, where your Tour Manager meets you at the 4-star Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel or 4-star Novotel Bristol Centre. After settling in, we transfer by coach to to the city's atmospheric Christmas Market. Decked with sparkling lights, the market has a nativity display and a giant advent calendar, in addition to wooden stalls selling gifts and traditional German food and drink. Later we return by coach to the hotel, where we enjoy a glass of mulled wine and dinner together.

  • Dinner
  • Bristol Christmas Market
Day 2

Bath and its Christmas Market

After a leisurely start, we travel by rail to the Georgian city of Bath. Packed with architectural wonders, Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage site. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour, where we will see the striking Pulteney Bridge, King's Circus and of course the glorious Royal Crescent. After our tour you are free. Perhaps visit the famous baths, sample the buns in Sally Lunn's Tearoom or admire the Grand Pump Room, familiar from the Jane Austen novel Northanger Abbey. The Christmas Market is also one the highlights at this time of year. Held by the Abbey, the 140 decorated stalls offer tasty treats and mulled wine, along with a range of gift ideas. Later we return to Bristol by rail, for a final dinner in the hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Bath Christmas Market
Christmas celebration
Day 3

The Avon Valley Railway and Lacock

We head to Bitton by coach, to join the heritage Avon Valley Railway for a journey through the charming wintry scenery, with a festive mince pie during the steam-hauled trip*. Later we visit Lacock, an idyllic medieval village of stone cottages and crooked lanes, untouched by modern development; here there are no phone masts or electric streetlights. Many period dramas, such as the BBC series of Pride & Prejudice and Cranford, were filmed here. Your time in Lacock is yours to spend as you wish. Our visit includes entry to Lacock Abbey which is decorated for Christmas. Its ornate cloisters are a delight to discover. We then return to Bristol by coach, where you are free to dine out this evening.

*Steam-hauled services used wherever possible.

  • Breakfast
  • Avon Valley Railway
  • Lacock Abbey
Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
Day 4

Homeward bound

This morning our tour concludes, and you are free to depart at your leisure.

  • 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.



Kathryn Cambridge
Phil Conde
Lori Mcclaren
James Eaton

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