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Barrow Hill

Barrow

The former steam roundhouse located at Barrow Hill near Chesterfield, is the last surviving operational roundhouse engine shed in Great Britain. It houses one of the largest collections of diesel, electric and, of course, steam locomotives in the country.

The site is currently closed for works, but for our visit they will be halting works and the site will be open for the day especially for Cathedrals Express passengers! You will have access to see how the new building and restoration work is progressing, steam locos and diesels that are all based and on display there, as well as the chance to see our engine for the day on full display outside the shed in steam.

Bath

Bath

Built for pleasure and relaxation, beautiful Bath has been a wellbeing destination since Roman times. The waters are still a big draw, both at the ancient Roman Baths and the thoroughly modern Thermae Bath Spa, which houses the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain you can bathe in. Bath's compact, visitor-friendly city centre is overflowing with places to eat and drink, plus some of the finest independent shops in Britain, making it the ideal destination. Immerse yourself in Baths remarkable collection of museums and galleries, and enjoy year-round festivals, theatre, music and sports.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth

With a wide selection of shops, restaurants, and attractions along the seafront, buzzing nightlife, theatres & shows, events and endless surrounding countryside with beautiful award winning gardens - Bournemouth really is a cosmopolitan town appealing to all ages and interests.

For those who fancy a stroll along the sea-front, why not try the Pier to Pier walk! Starting at Boscombe or Bournemouth Pier and finishing at the other. Enjoy a delightfully scenic stroll along the promenade and either treat yourself to an ice-cream (if the weather is in favour) or a delicious afternoon tea at one of the eateries at either end.

Canterbury West

Canterbury

Inside the cathedral, one of England's best known buildings, Thomas Becket was infamously killed and a memorial to him now stands. This magnificent building with its origins dating back to 597AD backs on to the traffic-free High Street with many shops, pubs, tea rooms and galleries, offering a mixture of old and new.

Canterbury's history is also evident in its Roman Walls and medieval gatehouses. Its most iconic medieval gatehouse, West Gate, is a popular attraction, with gardens and its own museum.

The River Stour winds its way through the middle of the city and in the summer months, punts can be hired for a leisurely trip.

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Carlisle & Settle

Carlisle

The journey to Carlisle takes you over the Settle & Carlisle Railway route in at least one direction, which carves its way through the Cumbrian Mountains and across the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.

Once in the ancient city, which dates back to Roman times, there is much to see and do. Particular highlights include the magnificent Castle founded in 1092 and nearby Citadel built by Henry VIII, as well as the beautiful Cathedral with its famous 14th century stained glass window.

For art lovers, there is no better place to begin exploring the city's fascinating past than the award winning Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery. The classical Grade One Listed Jacobean building is full of exciting exhibits and interactive displays.

Chesterfield

Chesterfield

Take a day in Chesterfield itself to find out how the ?Crooked Spire? got its twist. Get a taste of history at Chesterfield Museum and art gallery, or pick up a Town Trail from the Visitor Information Centre and discover some of the less well known but equally interesting places of interest in the town centre, such as Secker's House and number 2 St Mary's Gate.

A visit to Chesterfield gives you so many options, from climbing the Tower of the 'Crooked Spire' to browsing the Market, from taking a walk alongside the Canal to delving into the town's past,.

Chichester

Chichester

The Tudor Market Cross stands at the centre of the four main Georgian shopping streets which also offer many pubs, restaurants and tea rooms. Alternatively, you can enjoy the one and a half mile walk around the medieval city walls.

For 900 years Chichester Cathedral has stood at the heart of Chichester. Visitors encounter unique architecture spanning the centuries; ranging from original Norman features to the magnificent Victorian Spire. The Cathedral is especially famous for its art, both ancient and modern, with medieval carvings alongside world famous 20th Century artworks.

Crich Tram Village

Crich

The National Tramway Museum at Crich contains over 60 trams, set within a recreated period village containing a working pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and tram depots.

Ecclesbourne Railway

Ecclesbourne

Travel between Duffield and Wirksworth, in the Derbyshire Peak District, with heritage steam, diesel or diesel railcar services along Derbyshire's longest heritage railway.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is descibed by Prince Charles as one of the Worlds most beautiful cities and was recently voted one of the top ten cities in the World by Expedia.

The city?s backdrop of Arthur?s Seat, the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh?s Waterfront make the city a unique visitor destination. In just one day you can explore the city?s exciting new waterfront development, explore the shops and restaurants on the Royal Mile, visit the famous castle and explore the rugged terrain of the volcanic Arthur?s Seat.

Fife Circular

Fife

Southern Fife is dominated by Dunfermline, a former capital of Scotland and the 'Lang Toun' of Kirkcaldy, Fife's largest settlement. The Forth Road and Rail Bridges are the most memorable sights on this stretch of coastline.

North of Kirkcaldy in Central Fife, the highlights are the historic village of Falkland with its impressive ruined palace and the county town of Cupar, a charming market town set in rolling countryside.

In the northeast corner of Fife, the landscape varies from the gentle hills in the rural hinterland to the windswept cliffs, rocky bays and sandy beaches on which scenes from the film 'Chariots of Fire' were shot.

Gloucester

Gloucester

The Cathedral, founded in 700AD, one of Europe's architectural glories, is the resting place of murdered King Edward II and the glazed cloisters are the most complete medieval example of their kind in England - the setting for parts of the famous Harry Potter films. Parliament has also been held within its walls.

Gloucester?s restored 200-year old historic docks contain two museums, an antiques market and a shopping centre.

For fans of Beatrix Potter, there is also a Beatrix Potter Museum and Shop based in the original building used by Beatrix Potter in her wonderful story, and brings her magical world to life with displays, illustrations and unique gifts.

Great Yarmouth

Great

Great Yarmouth is famous as a family holiday destination, bursting with fun things to do, activities for all, shows and attractions stretching along the fabled Golden Mile and the huge expanse of pristine beach. Visit the Nelson Museum to discover unique facts about Norfolk-born Lord Horatio Nelson and his life and times. Alternatively, there are penguins and sharks at the Sea Life aquarium on the sea front and a model village and mini golf to also enjoy.

Hampshire & Sussex Coast

Hampshire

Our locomotive will take us out into rural Hampshire along the south coast before we retrace our steps.

Enjoy views of Portchester Castle, the Spinnaker Tower and the Solent with the option of a Champagne Afternoon Tea.

Hampshire Countryside Tour

Hampshire

Our scenery quickly changes as we rush towards the South Coast. We are now heading in the direction of Southampton, still famous for its great Ocean Liners - if we are lucky we there is usually a cruise ship docked - always a sight to marvel as it towers over our train.The train then turns back inland and begins heading north, following the River Itchen to Eastleigh before heading back up to Salisbury.

Perfect for those who want to enjoy steam without travelling to a destination, this trip allows you to sit back, relax and experience the leisurely pace of steam travel.

Hampshire Hills Tour

Hampshire

As we leave the hustle of the London suburbs quickly behind, we head south towards Woking. From here our scenery quickly changes as we pass through the heart of Hampshire.

Before reaching Portsmouth we turn right, offering passengers a glimpse across the Solent and keen eyes may spot Porchester Castle before we head inland.

As we head north, there is no rest for our locomotive which will be working hard as we begin a steady 20 mile climb, passing through the historic city of Winchester on the edge of the South Downs through the heart of Hampshire. After passing through Basingstoke, we re-join our outward route and we retrace our steps back to London.

Isle of Wight

Isle

The Island currently has the highest number of award-winning beaches in England, all managed to the highest standards and inspected daily.

The island is also home to a five mile-long steam railway, which offers an idyllic view of the Island?s unspoilt countryside. Keep an eye out for a red squirrel or deer darting away from the train as you pass through ancient woodland.

To view the Isle of Wight?s beautiful landscape from a different angle, catch a ride on an open top bus. The Island?s bus routes take you through a maze of patchwork fields and along the chalky coastlines, giving you a chance to witness the stunning scenery and snap the perfect holiday postcard picture.

Journey with Flying Scotsman

Journey

Enjoy a trip behind Flying Scotsman through beautiful scenery.

This special one-off trip is routed via Berkshire and Wiltshire via Didcot to Reading, then along the scenic route through Hungerford along the Kennet and Avon canal, past the Vale of Pewsey with the White Horses and back along the Great Western Railway line for some fast running through Swindon before heading back to Didcot and finally Oxford.

Lowestoft

Lowestoft

Sitting proudly in the northernmost part of The Suffolk Coast is Lowestoft. Famous for being the most easterly town and the first place to see the sunrise in the UK, it's also the birthplace of composer Benjamin Britten.

The town is a favourite with families, and there's plenty to see and do; with two piers, a wildlife park, an award-winning sandy beach, museums and the bustling 'Scores' a series of pretty lanes showcasing Lowestoft's rich history.

Take the scenic river taxi to Oulton Broad to see more of the Suffolk Coast.

Lydney

Lydney

The thriving town of Lydney covers approximately eight square miles, and stands on the north bank of the UK's longest river, the Severn.

Lydney is also home to a historic dockyard and harbour, once used for transporting coal, stone and timber from the nearby Forest of Dean.

Oxford

Oxford

The Bodleian Library (which claims to house every book published in the UK), part of Britain?s oldest museum - the Ashmolean.

Add to this a bustling shopping centre, the beautiful River Thames winding through the city and lovely parks and gardens and the main problem will be deciding how to spend your time in Oxford!

It is possible to visit most of the University Colleges, Museums and Galleries and there are also two-hour walking tours of the city which include visits to college and university sites.

For up-to-date information about walking tours and events in Oxford, go to www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/oxford.

Portsmouth & Southsea

Portsmouth

From the naval and maritime heritage, to towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles of beautiful waterfront, Portsmouth offers something for everyone.

Get a unique view over the City, Solent and Isle of Wight from the 90 metre high Spinnaker Tower with its gravity defying glass floor!

Fans of naval or military history will be spoilt for choice with the Historic Dockyard exhibiting over 800 years of naval history within the surroundings of its working docks, and the D-Day Museum on the seafront, the UK's only museum dedicated to the Normandy landings that took place during WW2. You'll also discover Southsea Castle, built by Henry VIII as well as many historic forts, follies, towers and the Royal Marines Museum.

A walk along the Millennium Trail, a 3km walk along the waterfront, taking in Old Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays and many of Portsmouth's old defences, is highly recommended.

Portsmouth Harbour

Portsmouth

From the naval and maritime heritage, to towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles of beautiful waterfront, Portsmouth offers something for everyone.

Get a unique view over the City, Solent and Isle of Wight from the 90 metre high Spinnaker Tower with its gravity defying glass floor!

Fans of naval or military history will be spoilt for choice with the Historic Dockyard exhibiting over 800 years of naval history within the surroundings of its working docks, and the D-Day Museum on the seafront, the UK's only museum dedicated to the Normandy landings that took place during WW2. You'll also discover Southsea Castle, built by Henry VIII as well as many historic forts, follies, towers and the Royal Marines Museum.

A walk along the Millennium Trail, a 3km walk along the waterfront, taking in Old Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays and many of Portsmouth's old defences, is highly recommended.

Salisbury

Salisbury

Known as 'The city in the countryside', the magnificent medieval city of Salisbury has it all; historic streets and alleyways, charming half-timbered buildings, traditional English eating houses and pretty shopping streets, not to mention a superb range of attractions, including the UK?s finest medieval cathedral.

Salisbury Cathedral offers one superlative after another, from the tallest spire in Britain to the world?s best-preserved Magna Carta. It stands in the largest medieval close in Britain, where you will also find award-winning museums.

Don't miss a stroll along the Town Path across the water meadows; the awe-inspiring sight of the Cathedral has been described as 'Britain's best view'!

Southampton

Southampton

The city has magnificent theatres, unique galleries and museums, plus a bustling port and modern shopping centre. The award winning parks make Southampton the greenest city in Southern England and Southampton Common has over 300 acres of flora and fauna for you to enjoy.

Discover the city's rich history at the SeaCity Museum, which houses an interactive model of the Titanic, or visit Tudor House and Garden, which displays artifacts covering over 800 years of history, including a penny-farthing bike.

Nearby, Southampton City Art Gallery specialises in modern British art. Solent Sky Museum features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire.

If the weather is kind, why not take part in the popular guided walks of the Old Town, or explore the city on the self guided trails - Titanic Walk and QE2 Mile.

The Lake District

The

Ever since the Romantic poets arrived in the 19th century, its postcard panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes has been stirring the imaginations of visitors.

Book your hotel accomodation through Steam Dreams and enjoy three nights on the edge of Lake Windermere, the perfect base to enjoy the sights in this beautiful part of England, including Hilltop Farm (Home of Beatrix Potter) and some of the other lovely Houses and Gardens in the area.

For steam lovers, there will be an opportunity to visit the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and the narrow gauge Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

The train takes us as far as Carnforth, a famous station which provides a gateway to Morecambe Bay and the Lake District.

Weymouth

Weymouth

The seafront is connected by over three miles of level promenade which provides access to the beach, rejuvenated town centre, historic harbour and Lodmoor Country Park to create a very special place to visit.

You will never be short of things to do in Weymouth, with an abundance of natural and themed attractions for everyone to enjoy! From sand sculptures to a magical underwater world of dazzling sea creatures, Weymouth has attractions to delight visitors of all ages! A visit to the Nothe Fort is a must! Built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour, this unique attraction is a network of underground passages and is steeped in history. Not only that it provides stunning views out towards Portland and over Weymouth Bay.

White Cliffs Circular Tour

White

This circular tour often appeals to those who wish to experience the leisurely pace of steam travel without the need to get off the train at a destination. Passengers can sit back, relax and enjoy views of the white cliffs, the English Channel and Dover Castle.

Winchester

Winchester

This pretty Hampshire city, proclaimed as England's capital by King Alfred in 871 AD, is steeped in history. Aside from the world-famous Cathedral, you can also visit The Great Hall and its legendary Arthurian Round table- the only remaining parts of Winchester castle.

Winchester College is another popular attraction, founded in 1382 it is believed to be the longest continuously running school in the country.

For more information on Winchester, visit www.visitwinchester.co.uk.

York

York

The walled city, with its winding streets and architectural gems, is compact enough for visitors to get a real feel for the place within a couple of hours, although there is so much to see and do, you might want to stay longer.

The stunning Minster with its renowned Rose window is a must-see for any new visitor to York. The National Railway Museum is home to a large collection of notable locomotives and rolling stock. The Jorvik Viking Centre, the medieval guildhalls, Georgian town houses, National Trust and English heritage properties are also well worth a visit.

York's many little lanes and alleyways, known as The Shambles, are full of interesting shops and cafes. The world-famous speciality tea room and patisserie, Betty's, can be found in St Helen's Square - perfect for afternoon tea.

Alternatively, why not take a leisure boat trip on the River Ouse which runs through the city?