Friday 10 May to Monday 13 May 2019
Included in this exciting stay is:
- Welcome wine reception
- "Freedom of the Line" rail ticket & museums passport ticket
- Coach transfers to Severn Valley Railway on Saturday
- Sunday coach to museums & Blists Hill Victorian town
The 4* Telford Whitehouse is located in the heart of Shropshire and boasts extensive health and leisure facilities. The 90 en-suite bedrooms have all the facilities you would expect from a modern hotel in Telford plus cotton duvet, power shower, ironing centre and in-room safe to name a few extras. All bedrooms are constantly maintained to keep them in superb condition. Wi-Fi and use of the leisure facilities are included in your stay.
Friday – Check in at the hotel after 2pm. There will be a welcome meeting with an included welcome drink before your evening meal at the hotel this evening.
Saturday – Departing the hotel this morning by coach, you will be transferred by coach to Bridgnorth railway station where the day is yours to use your included 'Freedom of the Line' ticket, which permits unlimited travel between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster throughout the day. Find time to visit the stunning Engine House Centre at Highley where entry is FREE with your Freedom ticket, which is home to the reserve collection of full-size steam locomotives, taking you on a fascinating journey behind the scenes. Marvel at the massive locomotives, delve into the intriguing history of Britain's railways, enjoy themed exhibitions of unique railway vehicles and meet the engine that collided with a camel! A well-stocked gift shop and the 'Highley Cafe', with its panoramic views across the Severn Valley also awaits. This is a great place to break your journey for a bite to eat and to watch the trains go by. You will rejoin the coach at Bridgnorth station at a designated time later this afternoon for the return transfer to the hotel, where your evening meal is included.
Sunday – Today is dedicated to Ironbridge and its Museums. Following breakfast, you will be transferred by coach to the world famous Iron Bridge of 1779, from where you may choose to take the short walk alongside the river to the Museum of the Gorge located in the Old Severn Warehouse. See what the Gorge was like in 1796 with the help of a giant 12m long model. Spot a Royal carriage crossing the Iron Bridge and see the cargo being carried on a Severn Trow as well as figure toiling in a coalmine. Understand more about the area's history and discover why the Gorge was made a World Heritage Site during a short film. We then continue on to Blists Hill where with your included passport ticket, you will meet the Victorians in this recreated Victorian town. Costumed staff will welcome you warmly and you will be given a fascinating insight into how life was lived in Victorian times. Exchange your money in the Bank; admire the goods in the Grocers, Bakery and Sweet shop. Find out about curious remedies in the Chemist and see the printer and candle-maker in action. A visit to the brand new shops on Canal Street is a must. Check out the season’s latest fashions in the General Draper and Outfitters, have a portrait taken in the Photographers, mail your letters and post-cards in the Post Office, select from a massive range of ‘Victorian’ treats in the Sweet Shop and enjoy a delicious portion of traditionally made fish and chips in the Fried Fish Dealers (extra cost for purchases & lunch). Visitors can ride the short distance through the woods on the narrow gauge railway in to the Clay Mine where they will learn more about the vital importance of the mining industries in the Ironbridge Gorge. A fun AV show in the mine features a father and son team telling their experiences as clay miners. The Mine Experience lasts about 20 minutes and has an additional fee payable locally.
There will also be a coach transfer to the Jackfield Tile Museum where you will discover the original gas-lit trade show room, galleries and period room setting, where you will be able to see, touch and even walk on magnificent British tiles. Galleries show exquisite examples of individual tiles and period room settings depict various locations that would have been decorated with tiles. You can walk through an Edwardian Tube Station, a hotel bar, a children's hospital ward and a 1930’s 'front room'. Huge panels depicting medieval stories and nursery rhyme scenes have been rescued from buildings and now grace the walls of the galleries. Any other museums you wish to visit you must make your own arrangements to travel to / from. Leaving Jackfield you will be returned by coach to the hotel where your evening meal is included.
Monday - Full English breakfast included at the hotel. Check out by 11am.
Before leaving Shropshire why not visit the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford. Here you can discover the amazing stories of those who served in the RAF. Housed in wartime hangars and in the National Cold War Exhibition, are superb displays of aircraft and exhibits. Learn about the bravery of pilots in Test Flight and see the last surviving example of a Boulton Paul Defiant Mk 1 in War in the Air. Free entry – car park charges apply.
£299pp two sharing a twin or double room
Single supplement £39pp
Deposit £75pp (non-refundable, non-transferable)
Balance due in full by 29.03.2019