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History, antiques and a journey on a steam train together with leisure time in Eastbourne makes for a wonderful holiday of contrasts.

From the chalk South Downs through the sleepy lanes of Wealden to historic 1066 country, this corner of South East England is packed with fascinating things to see and do. We will be following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and A.A. Milne as well as enjoying a ride on the famous Bluebell Railway. Our base is the elegant seaside resort of Eastbourne. The stylish Regency architecture, the colourful, well kept gardens, the long promenade and bandstand will provide ample distraction during our free time here.


Holiday Highlights


  • 6 nights with dinner, bed and breakfast

  • Train ride on the Bluebell Express

  • Entrance to Sheffield Park Gardens

  • Entrance to romantic Hever Castle

  • Explore 125 acres of spectacular gardens at the castle

  • A day at leisure in Eastbourne

  • Royal Tunbridge Wells

  • Free time to walk around the stylish spa town

Day 1

A leisurely drive across southern England
to arrive in Eastbourne where we spend the next
6 nights with dinner bed and breakfast. Time to
settle in before dinner

Day 2

Today we travel along the coast to
Brighton, famous for its Regency Palace and the
labyrinth of antiques shops in the Lanes. There
will be plenty of time to discover Brighton before
we travel on in the afternoon to historic Lewes.
Dominated by its norman Castle, the history of
Lewes can be discovered in its medieval streets.
The return journey to Eastbourne will take us
across the magnificent South Downs.

Day 3

Enjoy a day at leisure to sample the
delights of Eastbourne.

Day 4

Enjoy a scenic drive through the Sussex
countryside to the stylish spa town of Royal
Tunbridge Wells. There will be time to wander
through the elegant Georgian streets and have
lunch before we set off in the afternoon for Hever
Castle (entrance included), a romantic 13th
century moated castle.

Day 5

We are on the history trail today following
in the footsteps of William the Conqueror. First
stop is Battle Abbey on the site of the famous
encounter with Harold in 1066. This afternoon’s
visit is Rye, the lovely town was one of the
original Cinque Ports but due to silting over the
centuries, now finds itself some distance inland
from the sea.

Day 6

We travel inland to board the Bluebell
Railway for the steam journey as far as Sheffield
Park and the magnificent Capability Brown
landscaped gardens.

Day 7

Homeward bound our route takes us along
the South Coast via Chichester and over
Salisbury Plain for an early evening arrival.

Your Hotel


Oban Hotel


The hotel is situated on the seafront in the fashionable West End area of Eastbourne and enjoys superb sea views.

All bedrooms have private facilities, colour TV, radio and tea/coffee making facilities.


The hotel has 9 steps to the entance and has a lift in the main building


There is a lift to all floors.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bath Bath
Avon Street / Riverside Coach Car Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
In Front of Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
Tui Travel Agency
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester outside the British Heart Foundation
Shop, Northgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1SL
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
Leigh Delamere Services Leigh Delamere - Outbound - Eastbound Side
Return - Westbound Side - Coach Park
M5 Junction 13 M5 Junction 13, Starbucks Formerly Little Chef
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Minehead Minehead Railway Station
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Stroud Stroud
Merrywalks Bus Station
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Thornbury Thornbury
Aldi Lay-by
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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