UK Escorted Tour Great Dorset Steam Fair, UK escorted small group tour, England, Scotland, Wales, gardens, castles, antique machinery, vintage cars, tractors, steam trains, museums, canal boats, ships, Lake District, villages
Villages, castles, gardens, lakes, museums, must see sights,
antique machinery, vintage cars, tractors, steam trains.
This is the 16th Vintage Machinery Collectors and Restorers Tour that we have operated and our eighth to the Great Dorset Steam Fair. This exclusive event is actually a repeat of our Restore 2010, 2011 & 2013 tours through England, Scotland and Wales ... and this time we include more of Wales.
In an effort to keep everyone happy we plan to visit a variety of the UK's famous attractions, in addition to historic and vintage machinery associated highlights.
Castles and museums will be visited, as well as quaint old country villages, tranquil lakes, romantic rural landscapes and famous must-see sights.
Commences in Heathrow on Monday 8th August, 2016 ... ends in Heathrow on Monday 29th September, 2016. Contact Destination Management directly for a complete itinerary and price. This tour can not be purchased through any other travel agent. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A video on YouTube taken on our 2010 tour
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This all encompassing tour is designed for people who wish to visit the must see sights of Britain and appreciate the historic transport, architectural and industrial legacy that can still be seen scattered across the UK countryside. You will be walking in the footsteps of such great men as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Thomas Telford, George Stephenson, Abraham Darby, Richard Arkwright, Matthew Boulton, James Watt and long before them, Admiral Lord Nelson commander of HMS Victory.
Trains, planes and automobiles will feature along with barges, boats, industry and farming equipment.
On this tour you will see some of Britain's finest collections from vintage cars and antique tractors to operational old steam boats and steam trains.
You will visit Portsmouth's historic Dockyard to see HMS Victory, Isle of Man Steam Railway, Lakeland Motor Museum, ride on the Manx Electric and Snaefell Mountain Railways and visit locations used for the filming of Heartbeat and the Harry Potter movies.
Walk on Brunel's famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, ride on The Severn Valley Railway, visit the Bridgnorth Engine Shed and visit The Iron Bridge Museum to see the birthplace of The Industrial Revolution. Visit the Bridgewater Canal, Barton Aqueduct, Crofton Beam Engines, Telford, Manchester Ship Canal and meet with the Northern Mill Engine Society in Bolton.
Visit the David Brown Tractor Collection, socialise with members of The Anson Engine Museum, experience Victorian era brewing at Hook Norton Brewery and at Hendon we visit the RAF Museum, where over 100 famous international historic aircraft are on display.
We also plan to meet up with a few private tractor collectors and clubs along the way.
Scenic wonders and cultural attractions
You will visit some of the most famous scenic attractions of England, Scotland and Wales.
Scenic wonders and "must see" places you will see include the Snowdonia, Stonehenge, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wye Valley, Severn Valley, Iron Bridge Gorge, Welsh Coal Valleys, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Lake District National Park, Lake Windermere, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and the Yorkshire Moors, setting for Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Stroll around charming old country towns like Hay on Wye, as well as the Welsh town of Abergavenny with it's picturesque castle ruins. We will visit the North Sea port of Whitby from where Captain Cook lived for 9 years then set sail for Australia. In Scotland we will tour along 'The bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond' and can even drop in for a sample at one of the working distilleries, for a real taste of Scotland.
We cruise around placid Lake Coniston in a fully restored classic 1859 vintage steam yacht and we visit the spectacular ruins of Whitby Abbey.
You will also see the city sights of Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, York and Oxford.
Transport and Accommodation
Touring will be by private luxury charter coach with ample spare seats for better viewing and comfort. As usual we will only take 20 guests in our 50 seat private charter coach, on this fully escorted exclusive tour.
Accommodation will be in a selection of 3 and 4 star hotels, both in cities and in country towns, that reflect the styles and tastes of each destination.
Breakfasts are included daily with dinners provided on various nights, in selected restaurants which highlight local flavour and culinary delights.
Great Dorset Steam Fair
This is arguably the worlds biggest machinery rally, so we include 2 days and one evening here for you to get right in amongst it all.
You can be assured of seeing many famous brands and rare machinery on display and working. Saturday night features a spectacular illumination of all the restored Showman's Engines and old time carousels.
Antique tractors, vintage machinery, gas engines, steam engines, stationary engines, traction engines, working models, spare parts, badges, name plates, farm equipment, showman's engines and trucks are all featured. Here is a great opportunity for you to find those rare books, missing parts, original name badges and accessories.
Here too, you will find crafts & quilting displays, on stage live music & entertainment, demonstrations and a selection of food for sale, catering for all tastes.
Guests from all countries are welcome to join us. Though many of our guests are from Australia and New Zealand, we are often joined by people from USA, UK, South Africa and Canada. All our tours are in English only.
If you would like to join us, we can either include your air ticket from Australia or you can just join the land only part of the tour and arrange your own flights direct with your preferred airline.