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Five Days of Transport Touring

This rail tour is a tour like no other. You’ll be exploring some of Bristol’s most incredible engineering masterpieces. From trains to bridges, ships to Concorde, this journey really is a must for any transport enthusiast.

About this journey

Think Bristol, think Brunel. You’ll get the chance to explore Brunel’s museum, Being Brunel, his ship the world-famous SS Great Britain, and the incredible Bristol Suspension bridge, spanning the stunning Avon Gorge.

You’ll also have the chance to explore aerospace history, enjoying a tour on the last supersonic passenger jet, Concorde, and it’s adjoining museum.

Rail is certainly not left out of this trip though, you’ll be spending time on the vintage coaches of the Avon Valley Railway, where you’ll indulge in a cream tea whilst taking in the beautiful sights before arriving in the historic and beautiful city of Bath.

Day 1

Arrive in Bristol with plenty of time to relax and take in the sights of Bristol before returning to the hotel restaurant for dinner.


Day 2

A maritime theme runs throughout Day 2. You’ll begin your day at Bristol’s famous Floating Harbour, discovering both contemporary culture and the deep and fascinating history of Bristol. Take some time to really learn about who Isambard Kingdom Brunel was, by visiting his Being Brunel Museum, and unearth the captivating world of the SS Great Britain. Spend free time in the afternoon absorbing Bristol’s culture and history as you walk around the city.


Day 3

Today is all about the history of air travel! Explore the Aerospace Bristol Museum and become transfixed as you wander around the world-famous Concorde! The next step on your journey is exploring Brunel’s Suspension Bridge on a guided tour, another nod to Bristol’s most famous resident.

Day 4

You’ll spend today engulfed in rail travel. You’ll make your way to the Avon Valley Railway and travel along the Midland Railway branch line before returning to Bitton on this classic steam engine where the sights and sounds of the steam era are complemented with a classic cream tea lunch. The second part of your day will be spent travelling on a vintage bus to Bath where you’ll have leisure time to explore Bath’s rich Georgian history.


Day 5

Travel home, reminiscing on your new memories of the historic towns of Bristol and Bath.

Travel Highlights

  • SS Great Britain and Brunel Museum
  • Bristol’s Floating Harbour
  • Concorde and Aerospace Bristol museum
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge tour
  • Avon Valley Steam railway
  • Leisure time exploring Bath

Included in your package

  • Dinner each evening (excluding day 5)
  • Cream tea on Day 4
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Second or First Class rail options to and from your selected home station
  • Hotel Porterage

Departure dates 2020

January February March April May June
July August September October November December


Tour Price: From £565

Hotel details

You will be staying at the Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa in Bristol.

The facilities include:

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