This new and leisurely tour takes us to Shropshire and has a wealth of varied and interesting visits included. You will stay for five nights at the well appointed Best Western Valley Hotel in the heart of the Ironbridge World Heritage Site.
Reduction of £12 for National Trust members
Please note that a good degree of mobility will be required to gain maximum enjoyment from this tour
Travel Insurance £27.50 pp
Day 1 - Sunday
Our door-to-door service will bring you and your luggage to the coach, and we will drive through the Midlands as far as Kidderminster. Here we change to a completely different form of transport and take a nostalgic journey on the SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY. The SVR is one of Britain's longest heritage railways, and follows the course of the River Severn for most of the 16 miles to Bridgnorth, passing preserved rural stations as the train puffs through the Worcestershire and Shropshire countryside. A short ride on the coach brings us to the Valley Hotel, our home for the next five nights.D
Day 2 - Monday
This morning we will make our way to SHREWSBURY. The county town of Shropshire sits inside a loop of the River Severn and its Tudor centre is lined with half-timbered houses. Our visit will begin with a 45-minute cruise to see the Welsh and English Bridges, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Castle, the Quarry and part of the old medieval walls. Afterwards, there will be time to explore further and find lunch before travelling to ATTINGHAM PARK, where we will spend this afternoon. Built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, the Hall and its beautiful parkland were owned by the same family for more than 160 years.B, D
Day 3 - Tuesday
We have two very contrasting visits today. At RAF MUSEUM COSFORD we will discover the fascinating story of the RAF and of the thousands of Servicemen and Women who have served in it and whose valuable contribution has shaped the world we live in today. There is a huge array of aircraft and other displays, and you can explore the Wartime Hangars and the National Cold War Exhibition. Refuel in the museum café before we continue to nearby WESTON PARK. This country house, former ancestral home of the Earls of Bradford, is set in 1,000 acres of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown. It has never been sold, and was given to the nation in 1986. On a guided tour through some of the formal rooms we will discover the history of the House and its world class collection of art, antiques and china. The gardens reflect over 300 years of garden design, and there is a lake, temple and Roman bridge.B, D
Day 4 - Wednesday
We begin today with a visit to a unique attraction, THE BRITISH IRONWORK CENTRE near Oswestry. Established over 35 years ago, the centre is a mix of craftsmanship and art and is home to some of the most amazing sculptures in the UK. Among the varied collection of metalwork you will find beautifully decorative items, large and small, for the home and garden. Enjoy a stroll, meet some of the craftsmen and artists, and have coffee and homemade cake in the forge café. Next, we will cross into Wales to visit 'Jones the Boat' for a trip on the Llangollen Canal. The boat will travel across the PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT, known as 'the Stream in the Sky'. Designed by Thomas Telford, it was completed in 1805 and is a truly impressive sight, towering 127 feet above the River Dee.B, D
Day 5 - Thursday
A local day to enjoy IRONBRIDGE. Take a stroll across the world's first iron bridge which stands as one of the greatest symbols of the Industrial Revolution. In the original tollhouse is an exhibition telling the story of the building of the bridge. Ironbridge is a charming town, with small shops, tearooms and inns alongside the river. At the Museum of the Gorge is a 12- metre long model showing the Gorge as it was in 1789. The coach will take you on an included visit to BLISTS HILL VICTORIAN TOWN where you can travel back over 100 years to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Victorian age.B, D
Day 6 - Friday
We leave Shropshire and drive home through the Gloucestershire Cotswolds to reach the waiting taxis in Sussex by the end of the afternoon.B
BEST WESTERN VALLEY HOTEL
New to Roadmark, this traditional hotel is in an attractive setting next to the River Severn and close to the centre of Ironbridge. The Georgian listed building has just 44 bedrooms and a beautifully decorated hallway of local tiles. There is a lift that serves some of the rooms. Bedrooms have free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making. Some are situated in the old house and others in the mews formerly occupied by the servants and stables. Delicious three-course choice dinners are served in either the Chez Maw restaurant or private Jackfield dining room.
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