Stephenson’s Rocket, York & The Railway Children

Join us for a fascinating break to Yorkshire, where we delve into the history of British rail travel. After a 30-year absence, the world-famous Rocket is returning to the National Railway Museum, giving us the chance to get up close to one of the most significant innovations of the modern age. Designed by George Stephenson and his son Robert, it was built in 1829 to run on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the world’s first inter-city passenger railway line, and was faster and more reliable than anything seen before. We also discover the scenic Yorkshire countryside as we take a trip on the heritage Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, which has become synonymous with the iconic 1970s film The Railway Children. With 2020 celebrating the 50th anniversary of this special film, this is the perfect time to enjoy a nostalgic journey along this special railway.

Travel Options

3 Days from just £pp

Holiday Highlights

  • Return coach travel
  • 2 nights at a selected 3 or 4-star hotel with dinner & breakfast
  • Excursion to York
  • Entrance to the Stephenson’s Rocket exhibition at the National Railway Museum, York
  • Heritage train journey on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
  • Free time in Haworth

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03/04/2020 £179.00 £N/A Book Now

We’ll stay at a well-appointed 3 or 4-star hotel. The comfortable rooms are en suite and other facilities include a bar and restaurant. 

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Day 1
From a morning pickup in your local area we travel by coach to our hotel, arriving in time for dinner.

Day 2
Today we head to the historic city of York, where we visit the National Railway Museum. Telling the story of rail transport in Britain, the museum is home to a collection of significant locomotives and a diverse range of historic objects. The highlight of our visit promises to be the fascinating Stephenson’s Rocket exhibition, where we can see the original Rocket and journey through a golden age of innovation. The exhibition has a timed entrance, but you can spend as much time as you like in the main museum.

You may also like to explore more of York’s highlights, from the glorious York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe with world-famous stained glass windows, to the picturesque warren of medieval lanes known as the ‘Shambles’. The famous Betty’s tea rooms are also worth a visit, where traditional Afternoon Tea is served all day.

Day 3
After breakfast we check out of the hotel and head to the pretty hilltop village of Haworth, where the Brontë sisters spent much of their short but fruitful lives. The village is a delight to explore, with its historic cobbled main street, tea rooms and gift shops, while the Brontë’s former home, Haworth Parsonage, is now a world-famous museum and is where the sisters wrote most of their famous novels.

After some free time in Haworth, we board our train for a round-trip journey on the heritage Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. The railway was used as a location for the iconic 1970s film The Railway Children as well as many other films and TV series. We journey through breathtaking scenery of heather and wild, rugged moors; the landscape which fuelled the imagination of the Brontë sisters. Later we re-join the coach and continue our journey home.