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The Industrial Revolution

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(Tour code: REH18)

Discover the industries that brought Britain to the summit of its power

Discover the industries that brought Britain to the summit of its power by the end of the 19th century. Learn about the people who drove these industries, visiting four World Heritage sites along the way.

  • Journey on the Llangollen Railway
  • Boat cruise over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
  • Iron Bridge & Tollhouse
  • Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron
  • Blists Hill
  • Blaenavon Steam Railway & Museum Tour
  • Big Pit National Coal Museum
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • SS Great Britain
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

The Industrial Revolution 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Shrewsbury

Meeting in Shrewsbury

This afternoon, meet your Tour Manager in Shrewsbury at the Mercure Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Llangollen Railway
Llangollen Railway

Railways of Wales

This morning we board the scenic Llangollen Railway to Corwen. This steamhauled service is the longest preserved standard gauge steam railway in Wales, at around 10 miles long. The route runs from Llangollen to Corwen and passes through the former Goods Yards of this one-time mining industry route. Later, we join a canal boat for the scenic cruise through the Vale of Llangollen, passing over the mighty Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Please Note: The Llangollen Railway will run as a Diesel Heritage Rail instead of steam.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Iron Bridge
Iron Bridge

Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale & Blists Hill

Today we visit the impressive Ironbridge, enjoying a guided tour of the tollhouse here. We then continue to Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and discover the history behind this leading ironworks town. We then continue to Blists Hill, a recreated typical Victorian town. Tonight we are joined by our guest speaker.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Cardiff at night
Cardiff at night

Onwards to Cardiff

Travel to Cardiff by rail today. Upon arrival in the city, you are free to explore its many sights and attractions. You may wish to visit the popular Cardiff Bay area and enjoy the many shops, restaurants and leisure facilities available here. Alternatively, explore the history and art of Wales in the capital's National Museum.

  • Breakfast
Day 5 Blaenavon Ironworks
Blaenavon Ironworks

Blaenavon Steam Railway

Today we travel to the UNESCO protected site at Blaenavon. We charter the heritage railway past the Whistle Stop to the local Railway Museum. We then continue to the Big Pit National Coal Museum for an underground tour before exploring the Blaenavon Ironworks

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 6-7 SS Great Britain
SS Great Britain

Industry in Bristol and home

This morning, we head to Bristol to visit the former passenger steamship, the SS Great Britain, designed by Brunel and the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic. After lunch and some free time in the city centre, we continue for a tour of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. This evening, we gather together for the final time of the tour to enjoy a farewell meal at the hotel. On Day 7, the tour concludes and you are free to depart at your leisure.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. 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.

What’s included
What's Included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 6 nights' hotel accommodation including 3 nights at the 4-Star Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa and 3 nights at the 4-Star Radisson Blu in Cardiff

Delicious meals included

  • 11 meals including 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners, including 1 farewell dinner

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Scenic journey on the Llangollen Railway to Corwen
  • Panoramic canal boat cruise over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
  • Visit to Iron Bridge & Tollhouse
  • Excursion to Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron
  • Visit to Blists Hill
  • Journey on the Blaenavon Steam Railway & Museum Tour
  • Excursion to the Big Pit National Coal Museum with tour and tour of Blaenavon Ironworks
  • Visit to Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • Guided tour of SS Great Britain
  • Informative guest speaker talk on the Industrial Revolution
Not Included
  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
Kathryn Cambridge
Julie Pacalon
The Industrial Revolution

Discover the industries that brought Britain to the summit of its power


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