Journey by Steam to Cornwall in 2021

Tuesday 28 September – Friday 1 October 2021 

As the heat of summer gives way to balmier days, join us on this spectacular trip to Devon and Cornwall as our very own steam locomotive B1 Mayflower hauls us double-headed along this picturesque route with spectacular views all the way west. We will traverse the iconic Dawlish sea wall and cross Brunel’s famous Saltash Bridge before arriving in Penzance for our three night stay. Here you will have two full days to discover the charm of Cornwall’s pretty villages, ancient history, inviting beaches, rugged cliffs and heritage railways.

Read on for details of the full itinerary and fill in the form below to receive an email quote for your holiday.

Fares from £325

Day 1 – London to Penzance

We head out from Paddington double-headed with Mayflower and make our way westward to pick up more passengers at Reading before immersing ourselves in glorious countryside views as we travel through the counties of Berkshire and Wiltshire. Our journey takes us along the picturesque Kennet & Avon Canal with views to the White Horses before passing the pretty town of Taunton. From here we head to the summit at Whiteball Tunnel before descending into the Exe Valley for a short break in the Cathedral City of Exeter. Here, passengers can stretch their legs with a walk down to the Quay or wander to any of the fabulous sights Exeter has to offer from its magnificent Cathedral to its many museums and cafes.

We will then resume our journey heading West again before what for many will be the highlight of the trip – travelling double-headed along the famous Dawlish sea wall – which will no doubt attract much interest as we go. From here we continue across the edge of Dartmoor, climbing some of the steepest mainline hills on the British railway network.

Our journey continues across the famous Saltash Bridge, brilliantly designed by the genius of Brunel as we snake along the corkscrew line to the Duchy of Cornwall. The last part of our journey takes in some spectacular views from the famous Royal Albert Bridge, Truro Cathedral from high above as we cross over the city viaduct and St Michael’s Mount nestling in the bay before we arrive in Penzance. From here passengers staying with Steam Dreams will be taken to their hotels near St Ives.

Day 2 – Day at leisure in Cornwall

After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel, passengers will today have the choice of relaxing and enjoying the facilities their hotel has to offer or wandering further afield to explore the charming region with its stunning beaches, ancient history, pretty villages and not forgetting delicious cream teas!

Alternatively join us on an organised excursion which are likely to include the Lost Gardens of Heligan, magnificent gardens which thirty years ago were unknown and unseen; lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, The Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in England and are definitely not to be missed. The Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden are also worthy of a visit, offering a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists.

A day trip to the beautiful seaside town of Padstow, which was the original destination of the famous holiday train the Atlantic Coast Express is also an option. With its lovely cobbled streets, gift and craft shops and an abundance of restaurants and cafes not to mention the fabulous ice cream shops, it will be very easy to while away a few hours here.

Poldark fans will be pleased to know we will be offering a tour of all the key filming locations, featuring dramatic cliffs, iconic sandy beaches and ancient landmarks. You’ll be guided by an extremely knowledgeable and engaging host as part of a small group.

If you are hankering after more steam travel discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Cornwall’s only full-size railway still operated by steam locomotives. Relax in style and enjoy a leisurely 13-mile round trip through beautiful Cornish countryside, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone age, as the era of a Cornish branch line in the 1950s reveals itself during the course of your journey.

The Mudmaid’, a giant sleeping beauty sculpted by local artist Sue Hill, on the Woodland Walk at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Bright green grasses growing out of her head as hair. Britain 100.

Day 3 – Day at leisure in Cornwall

Today passengers can choose to enjoy a day at leisure or travel to Plymouth with us for a trip to remember. Top and tailed with steam we are sure to attract many admiring glances as we make our way from Plymouth. We will once again cross The Royal Albert Bridge (1859) a testament to the engineering genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. One of the greatest bridges in the world, it is unique in design, unequalled in engineering and graceful in appearance and provides far reaching views around us.

Day 4 – Penzance to London

We head home today double-headed from Penzance along the same route as our outward journey, arriving in London Paddington with a drop off at Reading in the early evening.


Pullman Style Dining passengers will stay at Carbis Bay, a luxurious coastal retreat with a privately owned 25-acre Blue Flag beach, the Headland Hotel in Fistral Bay or the Harbour Hotel & Spa in St Ives.

The Tregenna Castle Resort awaits passengers in Premier Dining. Overlooking the coast of St Ives this 72-acre resort is the perfect place to relax and unwind in your very own castle! Some passengers will also stay at the Carbis Bay or Harbour Hotel (rooms will be allocated based on class of travel).

Premium Standard passengers will stay at the newly-opened Premier Inn in Penzance, just a minute’s walk from the station.

All passengers who decide to book hotel accommodation with Steam Dreams will enjoy the added extra of a dedicated representative at the hotel, transfers between the train or excursions and the hotel and luggage porterage to the hotel. Hotel accommodation is booked on a bed and breakfast basis for all passengers.

For more information, or to book, please call the Booking Office on 01483 209888 or fill in the form below to receive a holiday quote and more information about the trip.

For groups of 7 or more, please call the Booking Office on 01483 209888.

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