Tour operators & coach companies
article by: SJO
Every year we are pleased to see that
an increasing number of tour operators and coach companies include
a visit to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway as part of
their tour programme. It's easy to see why. Not only does the
experience of travelling on a heritage railway hauled by a steam
locomotive evoke many memories, but add to this a gentle trip
through the glorious Cotswold countryside and you have the
prescription for a perfect day out. The 24 mile return trip over
the full line takes from an hour and a half, the single trip about
35 minutes. For more information about possible journeys, see our
2013 calendar and timetable here.
Cheltenham Race Course station is situated in the grounds of the
racecourse itself, about a mile out of town, and has plenty of free
parking. There is a GWR shop on the platform with lots of gifts for
Winchcombe Station is
about a mile outside the town of Winchcombe. Facilities at this
station include a 1950's style coffee shop and toilets.
Toddington Station, at the other end of the line, has a large,
free car-park. There is a GWR shop and a small museum as well as a
children's play area and our Flag and Whistle tea room, serving hot
and cold snacks all day.
We have access and facilities for disabled visitors. For more
information click here.
Generous discounts are available for groups who book in advance,
and for parties of 20 or more, we quote approximately 15% off our
standard prices. We will be happy to discuss your requirements and
we try to tailor our pricing according to your needs. For instance
if you don't differentiate between different age groups when
pricing your tours, we can quote one single price; just let us
know. The tour guide and, if applicable, the driver can of course
travel free with your party, or the driver can alternatively obtain
a refreshment voucher at the station.
We can take bookings at very short notice if seats are still
available, but we would advise booking as early as possible to
secure the dates and times you require. You can download a
group booking form from the website and complete it and send it
by e mail attachment to Grouptravel@gwsr.com. Even
easier, you are welcome to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with
your requirements and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We will then send you a travel authorisation by e mail and ensure
seats are reserved for your party on the appropriate train.
There is a buffet car on every train serving a selection of
snacks and drinks, but if you wish to pre-book cream teas, cakes or
other light refreshments on the train, please let us know what you
would like, either by e-mail to the above address or at the time
you send in the form. We will then get back to you to discuss