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The Bard of Avon

Saturday 23 March 2019

We are delighted to invite passengers to join Tornado on ‘The Bard of Avon’ for a nostalgic, summertime day trip to Shakespeare’s Stratford. This railtour starts at Manchester Piccadilly, before calling to pick up passengers from Stockport, Wilmslow, Crewe and Shrewsbury.

For the first time, Tornado will depart from Manchester Piccadilly station. The train will then proceed on, before picking up passengers at Stockport and Wilmslow. Passengers can enjoy the lovely Cheshire scenery as the train takes the route via Sandbach to Crewe. We then cross through the beautiful countryside of Shropshire for our final passenger pick up at the county town of Shrewsbury. From Shrewsbury, we head by way of Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street to join the Great Western Railway, where we will proceed on the scenic North Warwick Line to Stratford. Our return journey takes us on the alternative route to Birmingham via Lapworth and Solihull, before we branch off on the Sutton branch line to Walsall, and on to Wolverhampton. From there we return by way of our outward route.

Offering a full day with Tornado, this train is steam hauled throughout.

The market town of Stratford-upon-Avon has more than 800 years of history containing not only many buildings that survive today that would have been familiar to the Bard, but also a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure and shopping experiences. From quaint side streets with unique and individual shops to open parklands along the river, there’s something for everyone. In summer, the River Avon becomes a playground for many, with boat trips affording views of the town, from beautiful riverside gardens to the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres.

A visit to Stratford would not be complete without finding out more about the English poet and playwright that makes it famous. Shakespeare’s Birthplace allows you to discover more about his early years by visiting the house where the world’s most famous playwright was born and grew up. Nearby Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare is buried, is one of the loveliest parish churches and well worth the short walk to visit. The centrally located Hall’s Croft, Nash’s House and New Place all give further insights into Shakespeare’s Stratford.

This tour is promoted by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with UK Railtours acting as ticket agents. All profits will go towards keeping Tornado on the main line in future years.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

Manchester Piccadilly08.3021.30