Calling all Period Drama fans! Follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters from the likes of Downton Abbey, Poldark and Pride and Prejudice with nostalgic steam train trips this summer.
On Thursday 23 May, you can travel along the Thames Valley by steam to Chavenage House, a beautiful Cotswold Elizabethan manor in Tetbury. Virtually unchanged for 400 years, historic Chavenage is instantly recognisable to Poldark fans as ‘Trenwith’ and has also been used as the filming location for BBC adaptations of Tess of the D’Urbevilles and Lark Rise to Candleford.
Travel from London Victoria, Staines or Ascot. You will be transferred to the House by road coach from the nearby station of Kemble. Once there you’ll join a guided tour of the house and can even enjoy an afternoon tea in the Ballroom. Click here to find out more and book.
On Saturday 22nd June, travel like a member of the Crawley family on a trip to the Kent & East Sussex Railway, which, along with its fellow heritage line, The Bluebell Railway, has featured as the setting for many an episode of Downton Abbey. The country’s finest example of a rural light railway, the railway’s 10 mile line passes through some beautiful areas of the Kent Weald.
Travel from London Victoria or Redhill. You will be transferred to the railway by road coach from the nearby station of Hastings. You will have time to travel up and down the line by steam. Click here to find out more and book.
On Saturday 14th July, join us on a summer day out to Stourhead House in Wiltshire. The Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden will be known to many as the proposal setting in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley.
Travel from London Paddington, Slough or Twyford. You will be transferred to the railway by road coach from the nearby station of Gillingham. You will have around three hours to explore the National Trust Property at your leisure. Click here to find out more and book.
On Saturday 20th July, feel like royalty on a special day out to the Isle of Wight, where you have the option to visit the stunning Osborne House. Queen Victoria once said of the palatial holiday home ‘it is impossible to imagine a prettier spot’ and the house was used in the 2017 film Victoria and Abdul.
Travel from London Victoria, Wimbledon or Woking. You will be transferred to the Isle of Wight by ferry and then by road coach to Osborne House. You will have around four hours to explore the National Trust Property at your leisure. Click here to find out more and book.
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