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2021 - Shropshire: Cruise, Steam, Living History & Tea At Percy

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  • Duration: 3 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEI3721

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

3 days

2021 - Mercure Goldthorm Wolverhampton - 3 Days (CU3AFB)

Have an action-packed break in Shropshire, with a cruise, steam ride and afternoon tea!

Join us in Shropshire for an action packed 3-day weekend break. With excursions on every day, plus dinner and afternoon tea included, this is a fantastic tour with great value! You are sure to love a ride on the Severn Valley Railway, visits to living museums and a guided tour of Shrewsbury.

Your hotel for this tour is the Mercure Goldthorn in Wolverhampton, and is the perfect base for exploring the historical and cultural attractions in the region.

PRICE FROM ? £239 per person
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Mercure Wolverhampton Goldthorn Hotel

The Mercure Wolverhampton Goldthorn Hotel is the ideal stay for guests looking to enjoy a short break in the heart of the Midlands. The central location means it is a great place for exploring local attractions. The cocktail bar and lounge are perfect for evening drinks and the restaurant serves up a fine selection of dishes. The rooms offer en-suite bath and shower, flatscreen TV with Freeview, free WiFi and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities


Day 1

After joining the coach at one of our local pick up points, head towards Kidderminster to board the Severn Valley Railway to Bridgnorth. Afterwards, we will enjoy some freetime in Bridgnorth before heading onto our hotel where we check in late afternoon. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Day 2

Enjoy a tasty breakfast before heading out to spend the morning at the fabulous Ludlow and Blists Hill Victorian Town in the afternoon. There is so much to do, see and taste that we know you're going to have a great time. Return to the hotel in the evening to relax and enjoy as you see fit.

Day 3

After a final hearty breakfast, we depart our hotel and head to Shrewsbury for our guided tour and river cruise. We will re-join the coach who will take us to Percy Thrower's Garden Centre for an AfternoonTea, before then travelling on back home to Wales.


The Severn Valley Railway (one way journey) & Bridgnorth

Journey on the Severn Valley Railway, feeling the heat from the steam and rumbling as it moves along the tracks. Passing by breathtaking scenery, charming towns and villages, every journey on the railway is unforgettable. You’ll disembark at the northern end of the line, and have some time to explore Bridgnorth. The station there is largely original, dating to the opening of the line in 1862. The town itself is more or less two towns, Low Town and High Town with a funicular railway connecting the two. Low Town was once a thriving port on the River Severn while High Town is home to the castle, churches and 16th and 17th mansions.

Ludlow (morning) and Blists Hill Victorian Town (afternoon)

From its ancient castle to peaceful back streets, exploring the perfect historic town of Ludlow is a real pleasure, especially on market day. The lively feel combines with centuries of history, and the cafés, shops and fascinating architecture means a visit to Ludlow will not disappoint. The market has operated on the same site for over 900 years and continues to offer shoppers a fantastic choice of produces from all and artisan producers and sellers. You’ll find stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, game pies, preserves, wines and spirits as well as craft stalls selling handmade furniture, paintings and jewellery. As well as the bustling market, Ludlow is home to a varied range of independently owned shops, including family businesses where you can find gifts, antiques, clothes, books and more. You might also have time to explore Ludlow on your day out, visiting the castle, museums and church. Watch the world go by over 100 years ago.

Of all the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Blists Hill Victorian Town is perhaps the most popular. The open-air museum allows visitors to experience an atmospheric way of Victorian life in the late 1800’s. Life is re-enacted by townsfolk who wear the attire of the day and who go about their daily lives in the shops and workplaces of this authentic Victorian community. Many have been specially trained with specific skills and crafts and are ready to demonstrate to visitors, exactly how certain tasks would have been done in a small industrial town towards the end of Queen Victoria’s reign, in the 19th century. Popular attractions include steam-powered machinery, a Victorian chemist (the location for BBC2’s Victorian Pharmacy series), the squatters’ cottage, a schoolhouse and a bank, where you can swap your money for Victorian tokens to spend in the towns’ shops and pubs.

Shrewsbury guided tour, river cruise & afternoon tea at Percy Thrower's Garden Centre

Shrewsbury was founded by the Saxons and developed by the Tudors. Today the town has 660 listed buildings, Medieval streets and a mixture of one-off independent and high street shops. On your excursion to the town, you can join a guided tour to learn more about this interesting English town and a river cruise as the Severn loops around the town. Highlights of the town include the Darwin statue outside the library and Shrewsbury Abbey that dates to 1083. Afternoon tea is a favourite Leisuretime excursion, and on this tour, we have included a delicious treat at Percy Thrower’s Garden Centre in Shrewbury.


  • Reserved coach travel throughout
  • 2 nights hotel with dinner and breakfast
  • Ride on the Severn Valley Railway and free time in Bridgnorth
  • Excursion to Ludlow and Blists Hill Victorian Town
  • Guided tour & cruise in Shrewsbury. Afternoon tea at Percy Thrower’s Garden 


This tour picks up at the following points:

  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff Central
  • Cardiff Gate
  • Cardiff West
  • Gorseinon
  • Llanelli
  • Magor
  • Morriston
  • Neath
  • Newport
  • Port Talbot
  • Pyle
  • Sarn
  • Skewen
  • Swansea Central
  • Swansea West

Find out more about our pickups on our pickup list page here.

Important Notes

Important Notes


Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.


Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. Please make sure that you also read our Important Holiday Information & Enhanced Hygiene Protocols which we update from time to time.

We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please get in touch with us.

Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps too. Sometimes, the order of excursions can change when you are on tour. We will try not to change things, but want to make you aware that this can happen.


It is important that you familiarise yourself with our Enhanced Hygiene Protocols booklet as this will give you a clearer picture of what to expect when you travel, what we are doing to keep you safe, and what you can do to protect yourself and those around. These Protocols are updated from time to time, so please re-check just before you travel.

Please remember that you will also need to keep up-to-date with latest government advice and requirements. 

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