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Eastbourne 'The Bluebell Railway' The Queens Hotel

Eastbourne 'The Bluebell Railway' The Queens Hotel

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

Holiday Highlights


• Train ride on the Bluebell Express

• Entrance to Sheffield Park Gardens originally laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown

• Entrance to romantic Hever Castle

• Explore the 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


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.


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.


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


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.


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 inland
from the sea.


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


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

The Queens Hotel


The Queens Hotel is located in Eastbourne’s most central and lively location

directly overlooking the pier. All bedrooms are en suite with TV, telephone

and tea/coffee making facilities.


The hotel has a lift.

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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