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Cotswolds & The Severn Valley

4.2 stars(73 reviews)

Historic steam railways and picture-postcard villages

5 days From £399 £349 per person
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2023 Tour code: 23WCS

About the tour

From picture-postcard villages and lush rolling meadows to gentle waterways and historic steam railways, discover quintessential English charm and beauty in abundance on this superb holiday.


What’s included


Day 1 - Worcester

Your holiday begins on arrival in Worcester, where you meet your Tour Manager and group at your hotel. You're free to begin exploring before dinner in the hotel. Worcester is a medieval city filled with history and surrounded by idyllic countryside, including the rolling hills and quaint villages of the Cotswolds, regarded as one of the most delightful areas of England.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Exploring Worcester

Discover Worcester on a guided walking tour today, taking in the city's many excellent attractions. See the timber-framed Tudor buildings that line the old streets, and of course, the magnificent cathedral. Situated on the banks of the River Severn, this Anglican early-medieval cathedral showcases an eclectic blend of architectural styles, from Gothic to Norman. With some free time, enjoy getting to know the city at your own pace. You could stop for an afternoon tea, enjoy shopping in the excellent boutiques, or visit the Museum of Royal Worcester to see the famous Worcester porcelain.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Travel by coach to the spa town of Cheltenham and board the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for an atmospheric journey through the pretty Cotswolds' countryside. This trip showcases some spectacular scenery, passing the Cheltenham Racecourse and offering views of the Vale of Evesham. The train arrives in Broadway, a pretty village named the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds'. You enjoy time here for lunch; the main street is lined with independent restaurants and cafés you could visit. In the afternoon, you continue to the quaint market town of Moreton-in-Marsh. You have free time to enjoy this beautiful little town with a history dating back to the Iron Age. Maybe take a look at 'Ye Old Stocks' in the centre of the town, or visit the lovely Victorian market hall.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Severn Valley Railway

Your morning begins in Bridgnorth where you're free to explore. The town is divided into two by the River Severn: the High Town and the Low Town. You could take a trip on the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway. This funicular railway takes passengers up and down the sandstone cliffs that separate the two parts of the town. It is the country's only inland funicular line and is also one of the steepest. Next, enjoy an excursion on the Severn Valley Railway; completed in 1862, after preservation efforts the first passenger train ran on this heritage line in 1970. The 16-mile route follows the winding path of the River Severn, with views of remote valleys that can only be seen by rail. A highlight of the journey is when the train travels across the 200 metre Victoria Bridge, where you can enjoy excellent river views. From Kidderminster, you travel back to Worcester by coach.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Home

After breakfast, your holiday ends and you're free to depart or continue exploring the beautiful surrounding area.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Worcester Whitehouse Hotel, Worcester

Worcester Whitehouse Hotel, Worcester

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 73 reviews

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P Kelly

4 stars

Submitted 21 Sep 2022

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5 stars

Submitted 21 Sep 2022

It was well organised, hotel very close to the station and no early mornings!

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4 stars

Submitted 21 Sep 2022

Quite a slow paced relaxing holiday, which we quite enjoyed. The hotel was very good and the food excellent. It was however quite noisy, especially as we had a large extractor fan beneath our window which ran from around 7.00am till 12.00 midnight. So it wasn't possible to get a full night's sleep. The trip to the Cotswold villages could have been better, visiting Morton in Marsh was a waste of time as there's nothing much there. On our final day we had a guided walk of Worchester which was very good. The afternoon was then free, I feel we should have had another trip to fill the time as the museums were closed and we'd pretty much seen the rest of Worchester. Luckily for us we like walking and the weather was decent, so we did a circular walk on the river. All in all a good holiday but room for improvement I felt.

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Julie Mumby

5 stars

Submitted 20 Sep 2022

Excellent value for money

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Bill Pilkington

5 stars

Submitted 20 Sep 2022

An excellent itinerary led by an excellent courier staying at an excellent hotel who looked after my dietary requirements very well.

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M Willacy

5 stars

Submitted 22 Aug 2022

Excellent holiday from start to finish

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