Saturday 23rd March 2019 - Manchester, Crewe and Shrewsbury to Stratford-Upon-Avon

We are delighted to invite passengers to join ‘The Bard of Avon’ for a nostalgic, springtime day trip to Shakespeare’s Stratford. This railtour starts at Manchester Piccadilly, before calling to pick up passengers from Stockport, Wilmslow, Crewe and Shrewsbury.

Departing from Manchester Piccadilly station for the first time, passengers travelling with Tornado can enjoy the lovely Cheshire scenery as the train takes the route via Sandbach to Crewe. We then cross through the beautiful countryside of Shropshire for our final passenger pick up at the county town of Shrewsbury. From Shrewsbury, we head by way of Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street to join the Great Western Railway, where we will proceed on the scenic North Warwick Line to Stratford. Our return journey takes us on the alternative route to Birmingham via Lapworth and Solihull, before we branch off on the Sutton branch line to Walsall, and on to Wolverhampton. From there we return by way of our outward route.

The market town of Stratford-upon-Avon has more than 800 years of history containing not only many buildings that survive today that would have been familiar to the Bard, but also a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure and shopping experiences. From quaint side streets with unique and individual shops to open parklands along the river, there’s something for everyone.

A visit to Stratford would not be complete without finding out more about the English poet and playwright that makes it famous. Shakespeare’s Birthplace allows you to discover more about his early years by visiting the house where the world’s most famous playwright was born and grew up. Nearby Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare is buried, is one of the loveliest parish churches and well worth the short walk to visit. The centrally located Hall’s Croft, Nash’s House and New Place all give further insights into Shakespeare’s Stratford.


Ticket Prices & Booking

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Ticket Price
First Class Dining£249
First Class Non-Dining£165
Standard Class£109
Guaranteed Table for Two£25
Times (provisional) Outward Return
Manchester Piccadilly08:3021:30
  • First Class Dining

    Seats a table for two** or four in a First Class carriage. Silver service for all meals.

  • First Class Non-Dining

    Seats a table for two** or four in a First Class carriage

  • Standard Class

    Seats a table for four in a Standard Class carriage

  • Guaranteed Table for Two

    **Supplement for guaranteed seats a table for two in a First Class carriage

This tour is promoted by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with UK Railtours acting as ticket agents. All profits will go towards keeping Tornado on the main line in future years.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

This tour has been rescheduled from 18th August 2018.