A great combination! - Steam trains, canal boat trip and the excellent Black Country Museum where you can discover the heritage and history of the West Midlands, as well as discovering how transport has evolved over the ages. As a contrast, we also feature a beautiful stately home.
The 4 star Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa is an elegant country house hotel nestled away in the heart of England and combines the perfect blend of past and present. All bedrooms are en suite with TV, telephone and tea making facilities and Wi-Fi. Facilities include spa with indoor swimming pool. There is a lift.
We travel via Alrewas, home to the National Memorial Arboretum, a national site of remembrance. Mid-afternoon we continue to the Sketchley Grange Hotel, Hinckley for 4 nights half board accommodation.
We visit Coventry, home to the Museum of British Road Transport, with thousands of items of memorabilia from the golden age of cars and cycles. The museum is only five minutes walk from the world-famous Coventry Cathedral. We continue to Baddesley Clinton House, a moated house with three priest holes, which has been a sanctuary since the 15th century. The peaceful gardens, with a romantic lake and walled garden, are a delight.
This morning we head to Foxton where we board 'Vagabond', an elegant vintage motor launch, for a trip on the Grand Union Canal. After seeing the Foxton flight of 10 locks there is a canal-side pub where refreshments are available. Later we join the Great Central Railway for a nostalgic steam train ride.
We join the Severn Valley Railway for a ride along the valley to Bridgnorth, passing through restored stations on the way. We continue to the Black Country Museum where you can ride on a tram, enjoy traditional fish and chips or have a pint in the Bottle and Glass.
We depart for home, arriving into our local area late afternoon.
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast, Luxury coach travel, Services of experienced tour driver.
EXCURSIONS - entry to Coventry Transport Museum, Baddesley Clinton House, Foxton Locks Canal Cruise, a journey on the Great Central Railway, Severn Valley Railway and the Black Country Museum.
DEPOSIT: £30.00 per person
Single supplement: None