Tour operators & coach companies
We are receiving increasing numbers of group bookings both from tour operators and private groups, and some dates in 2020 are already fully booked. To avoid disappointment, if you are considering a group booking this year, we recommend you contact our group bookings team as soon as possible. We will always do our best to help but on occasions we may have to offer alternative times or dates. Thank you for your understanding.
Every year we are pleased to see that an increasing number of tour operators and coach companies include a visit to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam 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 between our stations at Cheltenham Racecourse and Toddington takes from an hour and a half, the single trip about 35 minutes. For more information about possible journeys, see our 2020 calendar and timetable.
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 GWSR shop on the platform with lots of gifts for all ages.
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, about a 10 minute drive north-east of Winchcombe, has a large, free car-park. There is a GWSR 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.
Our northern terminus is at Broadway, the popular Cotswold tourist destination. Coaches can drop off at this station but there is no parking available.
We have access and facilities for disabled visitors. You may find our Accessibility page helpful.
Generous discounts are available for groups who book in advance, and for parties of 30 or more. 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.
Please note that the group booking discounts, free driver and tour guide travel and reserved seats on the train are available only if the visits are pre-booked. They are not available should groups turn up on the day without any prior reservation.
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. To make a booking please email 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 booking confirmation by email and ensure seats are reserved for your party on the appropriate train.
There is a buffet car on every train (subject to volunteer availability) 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 by email to the above address. We will then get back to you to discuss details. However, please note that we will not be able to provide pre-booked on-train catering for groups at weekends or during the month of August.
You can read our full terms and conditions for group bookings here.