Great British Transport Through The Ages

All tours on this holiday have now departed. Future departure dates will be confirmed in due course.

  • Talk from transport enthusiast and TV personality, Paul Atterbury

  • Visit to Great British Car Journey and Drive Dad’s Car driving experience

  • Superb Crich Tramway Village

  • Canal cruise on Cromford Canal

  • Steam train journey on Peak Railway

This superb new tour was prompted by the opening of a new museum in 2020 looking at the history of cars in modern Britain, the Great British Car Journey, in the heart of the Peak District, as well as the opportunity to drive cars from recent and not so recent times in the neighbouring Drive Dad’s Car driving experience, where you get the chance to drive one or more of 30 British classics, from family run-arounds to deluxe saloons. Add to this, a canal cruise on the historic Cromford Canal, a steam train ride on Peak Rail’s scenic line between Rowsley and Matlock and a visit to the Crich Tramway Village and our tour offers a tantalising taste of British transport dating back two centuries. With a welcome talk from well-known TV personality, antiques expert, steam train and inland waterways enthusiast Paul Atterbury, this is a new tour that is destined to go far.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Old Hall Hotel from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Paul Atterbury. Paul has written extensively on trains and canals, including 'Explore Britain’s Canals' and “The Railway Experience.” 

Day 2: Peak Rail, Great British Car Journey and Drive Dad’s Car driving experience.
A wonderful day of travel nostalgia as we headfirst to Rowsley for a round trip steam train journey to the historic town of Matlock in the heart of the Peak District. The line forms part of the old Midland Railway line between Manchester Central and London St Pancras which was closed in 1968 and currently operate on approximately four miles between Rowsley South Station and Matlock Platform 2. With time allowed for lunch (not included), we then head the short distance to the Great British Car Journey Museum, which houses a proudly British collection of some 150 cars from the Austin 7 to the latest Maclaren sports car. Whilst here, the group will also have the chance to drive two of the thirty cars in the adjacent Drive Dad’s Car experience. Ranging from basic Vauxhall Vivas to a deluxe Rolls Royce and everything in between, you will drive two different cars on two separate twenty minute excursions, accompanied by an experienced instructor, who will remind you about how to use the wind up windows, the choke and change gear – it’s the ultimate car journey down memory lane. All cars are equipped with a digital camera to record your journey – with prints available to purchase. You need to bring your driving licence if you want to drive a car or you can opt for an instructor to take you on a drive if you prefer. Regrettably, we cannot guarantee which cars from the collection of 30 will be available on the day, due to maintenance and operational issues. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Crich Tramway Village and Cromford Canal Cruise.
Our first visit of the day is to the superb Crich Tramway Village, where a fleet of vintage trams takes you on a journey through lovely Derbyshire countryside to a lovingly recreated village scene complete with Red Lion pub, Assembly Rooms façade and old-fashioned sweet shop. The village has a collection of some 80 vintage vehicles, from towns and cities across the UK, with Blackpool and Glasgow particularly well represented, but from as far afield as the Hague, Johannesburg and New York (not all trams available to view on any one visit), dating from the late 19th century to the 1970s. Time will be allowed for lunch here (not included) before our final visit of the tour to Cromford, an important place in the Industrial Revolution, where Sir Richard Arkwright built the world’s first water-powered cotton mills and pioneered the factory system. Here we will take a 90-minute cruise along the canal in the historic Birdswood barge. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion 

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 39 passengers. 

INCLUDED

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room 
  • Welcome reception 
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine and talk from Paul Atterbury
  • Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant 
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions 
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Hotel Car Parking
  • Double for Sole Use supplement 
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTEL

Old Hall Hotel, Buxton

Reputed to be the oldest hotel in England, the Old Hall Hotel is located in the heart of the market town of Buxton and offers a restaurant, wine bar and comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathroom with bath/shower, TV, telephone and hairdryer. This hotel does not have a car park.

There are public parking spaces opposite the hotel, which reception staff at the Old Hall Hotel can provide a voucher for, to the value of £3 for 24 hours parking here, but spaces are not guaranteed.


Old Hall Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here for more information

 

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.

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it was unfortunate that tram tram museum was closed but to be fair the management did their best to give the group an idea of the facilities they could offer when fully operating. driving Dad's car was an experience to remember!!

Review by Anonymous who travelled 11-June-2022

Travel Editions feedback:

The tram museum issues were unfortunate and our sincere apologies for any disappointment – there was little we could do to obviate this, but did get the curator to accompany the group and abbreviated the visit to allow more time at Cromford. The situation kept evolving and we were unsure right up to the departure date exactly what would be available. It wasn’t really possible to exclude completely and we felt that reducing the time here, getting the curator to accompany the group and extend the time at Cromford was the best solution.


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We had a wonderful two days on the tours and at The Old Hall Hotel at Buxton.

Review by Brown who travelled 11-June-2022


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Very disappointed about Crich tramway - it was the main focus of my trip to see a tram I travelled on in the 1950s. Given lead time before visit - an update should have been sent. Brochure implies Peakrail is 30 miles long when it is only 4!!!!! V poor!

Review by Mansfield who travelled 11-June-2022


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Service at hotel on first night was very poor and tour manager had to speak to staff, after which it improved. Tour manager not well prepared - several things had to be changed at the last minute and visit to Tramway Museum was a waste of time as everything was closed. Great British Car journey was the best part, and more time could have been given to this. This tour needs tweaking - opportunities were missed and too much time was spent travelling to the various attractions, none of which was in easy reach of the hotel and Buxton.

Review by Valentine who travelled 11-June-2022


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A very enjoyable holiday. A tremendous number of interesting places packed in a short space of time. I like the days to be full.

Review by Bramhill who travelled 11-June-2022


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The first night the talk shold have been after the meal. The meal was exceptionally slow, they could not work out the orders. The vegitarian/vegan meals were terrable and we had to complain. No alternative milks/butters for vegan/vegitarians. The breakfast was also late as the kitchen did not know they served breakfast from 7am. They had at breakfast on our extra night no idea of how many they were left of our group!

Review by Bernard who travelled 11-June-2022


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For the amount paid I feel the trip was very expensive. The disappointing aspect was the Crich Tramway visit. Upon arrival we were advised that no trips on the trams were possible. Indeed even the visit inside to view the trams was not possible. There was a comment that this had been the case for quite some time. The issue therefore was why we we not informed until we actually drove into the site on the coach? That really spoiled the effort of getting to the museum as if notified it was not going to be a "full" visit members of the party may have opted not to go.

Review by Turner who travelled 11-June-2022


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Talk by Paul Atterbury was excellent and one of the highlights. Day 1 was very good, but we felt that we had about an hour too long in Matlock. Crich was a disappointment as no trams were able to run. Thought we were going to see the Arkwright working mill and not just a lunch stop. The barge trip was ok. The hotel were not very organised when it came to serving dinner and the menu poor. We stayed an extra evening and had dinner in the wine bar and we could have been in a different hotel, the food and choice was excellent. All in all we felt that this tour was not up to your usual standards and to be honest we were dissapointed.

Review by Parker who travelled 11-June-2022


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I had stayed at the Old Hall Hotel previously on a visit to the Stately Homes of the Peak District and enjoyed it. Sadly things have changed. Our dinner on the Saturday took 3 hours to serve - few staff, no organisation. Things improved the following times. I suffer from COPD and needed access to a lift as I was on the top floor and at the opposite end of the floor from the lift. Several times it failed to operate as the inner door was not closed. There is no access to reception there to report the problem. My other concern is that the visit to the Tramway Museum was a disappointment. Since covid and the involvement of Health & Safety no trams operate due power supply problems and we were not allowed to visit the tram sheds. I feel either this tour should have been postponed until the problem is sorted or an alternative found.

Review by Lambert who travelled 11-June-2022


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