Enjoy a journey on the Severn Valley Railway and visits to Ironbridge, West Midlands Safari Park, Birmingham's wonderful Jewellery Quarter and Blists Hill.
Day 1 Following a morning collection from home, we join our Woods coach and travel toward Shropshire, making suitable refreshment stops along the way, and arriving at our hotel late afternoon.
Day 2 We begin our day at Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, an historic and vibrant gem, with over 100 specialist retailers and 50 contemporary designers, pubs, cafés, bars and antique shops. In the afternoon we visit the remarkable West Midlands Safari Park, where we drive through the many enclosures to see lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes and much more. There is also free time to walk the Discovery Trail, visit the African Village, and enjoy the feeds, talks and animal encounters.
Day 3 A short drive to Bridgnorth brings us to the Severn Valley Railway for a return steam train journey to Kidderminster. We break our journey in Highley with a visit to the Engine House Visitor Centre, where you might like to get some lunch. Reboard the train and visit Kidderminster, before returning to Bridgnorth, a town divided in two and linked by a remarkable cliff railway. Finally we return to our hotel by coach.
Day 4 This morning we visit Blists Hill, a fascinating re-creation of a Victorian town complete with staff in authentic costume. We also visit Ironbridge, a centre of the industrial revolution and now a delightful town of tearooms and antique shops.
Day 5 Leaving our hotel after breakfast we travel south with a stop in Cheltenham, before continuing home, meeting our taxis late afternoon.
Our three-star family-run hotel is at the foot of the famous Wrekin, close to Telford. In pleasant grounds, the hotel has restaurant and a comfortable bar lounge. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to some rooms and we have two nights of entertainment included.