Great Western Railway

Great Western Railway (GWR)

The West County of England has a rich heritage of sights and culture all easily accessible by GWR rail. Below is an example of itineraries of what you can experience. For additional information on exploring the West with GWR visit https://www.gwr.com/explore-the-west.

Penzance

Visit the Isles of Scilly by boat or air, take a trip to Land’s End (closest part of mainland England to the USA), visit a heritage tin mine (Cornwall’s abandoned engine houses are everywhere), go to St Ives for the Tate Gallery and quaint seaside or go to the Lizard Peninsular in South Cornwall for a more rural experience. Cornwall has a wealth of great country house hotels.

Somerset

Break your journey at Castle Cary or Taunton and travel into the county of Somerset to see Wells (England’s smallest cathedral city), the caves, gorge and cheese at Cheddar, or the caves at Wookey Hole. Glastonbury also claims to be home to Arthurian legend and is also connected to Grail lore and of course home to the world famous music festival and ruined abbey.

Plymouth

See the Pilgrim Steps in Plymouth Harbour, take a trip to sea, visit Plymouth Hoe where Drake is rumored to have played bowls as the Spanish Armada approached, head onto Dartmoor – see Lydford Gorge, Brent Tor and the bleak Napoleonic gaol at Princetown.

Exeter

See the Cathedral, go to Dartmoor, spend a day at the classic English seaside in Salcombe, take a steam train or river trip to Dartmouth and visit the Royal Navy Officer Training School, try the tonic wine at Buckfast Abbey.

Bristolian trip to Bristol Temple Meads

Bristol of course being viewed by Brunel as just a change of transport mode from his railway to his trans-Atlantic steamers to New York. Bristol can easily be combined with a visit to Bath and Somerset, or over the Cardiff and the Welsh Valleys by taking the short trip across the River Severn into Wales. Alternatively travel a little further north and enjoy the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester which also boast great food and drink, especially cider, which is rivaled only by that produced in Somerset. A trip to Henry Weston’s Cider Mill at Much Marcle in Herefordshire always being worth the effort!

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