Canals, Steam & Historic Chester

Discover Historic Chester

Join us for a tour like no other. You’ll discover the winding history of canals, experience a boat lift, dare yourself to cross the highest aqueduct in Britain and meander through the historic landscape of Cheshire by steam, rail, and coach. This is a tour for travel enthusiasts that should not be missed!

About this journey

Chester is a vibrant little city in the North West of England, right on the border with Wales. This hidden-away little city has some of the prettiest canal paths, little winding town roads, houses, and of course steam railways in the country.

You’ll begin with a river cruise along the River Dee, travel to Ellesmere Port to discover the National Waterways Museum, cruise along the Shropshire Union Canal, experience the Anderton’s Boat Lift, meander along the River Weaver, dare yourself to cross the Pontcyscllte Aqueduct and be enamoured by the Dee Valley and Corwen.

Join us for the trip of a lifetime…

Day 1

Arrive and unwind in the beautiful city of Chester. You have plenty of time to take in the sight before joining the River Cruise along the Dee. Dinner will be at our hotel located in the city centre.


Day 2

After breakfast, we travel to Ellesmere Port and around the National Waterways Museum where you will learn about Roses and Castles! There will be a guided tour of the narrowboats collections, time for a recreational workshop and some crafts. Leisure time is accounted for before taking a cruise along the Shropshire Union Canal. We return to our hotel for dinner by train.

Day 3

A marvel of Victorian engineering awaits us today as you’ll experience Robert Aickman’s Anderton Boat Lift! You’ll have light refreshments and learn about canal history, before cruising along the River Weaver at a gentle pace. The afternoon will be spent in Chester at leisure, where you can discover the little black and white houses, the Roman museum, the famous Rows and the beautiful Cathedral. Don’t forget to experience the imposing Northgate Staircase Locks when you walk along the towpaths before returning to the hotel for dinner!

Day 4

Will you dare to cross the Pontcyscllte Aqueduct? The incredible aerial views, 126 feet above the River Dee, is an amazing sight not to be missed, as the highest and longest aqueduct in Britain. Our journey continues by road to Llangollen for some leisure time to look around the town, before returning and riding the glorious steam railway along the Dee Valley to Corwen.


Day 5

After breakfast we bid farewell, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime as you make your way home.

Journey Highlights

  • Experience Canal life at Ellesmere Port
  • Ride on the Anderton Boat Lift
  • Dare to cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
  • Indulge in the nostalgic Llangollen Steam Railway
  • Discover 2000 years of history in Chester

Included on your journey

  • First or Second Class rail travel (with seat reservations) from your Home station
  • Fully managed tour with friendly and professional staff
  • Dinner every evening

Departure dates 2020

January February March April May June
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July August September October November December
19th - 20th - - -


Tour Price: From £535 - £595

Hotel details

You will be staying at the Queen Hotel, Chester.

The facilities include:

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Flat screen TV
  • Tea/Coffee facilities
  • Wifi
  • Stylish bar and restaurant