Touring the Industrial Revolution

A new historical tour has been added to the Great Rail Journeys Cultural Collection in conjunction with the University of York.

The Industrial Revolution 2016 tour will give participants the chance to discover the industries that brought Britain to the summit of power by the end of the 19th century, and to learn about the people who drove these industries, visiting four World Heritage Sites along the way.

Over nine days, the tour will visit a number of sites of interest, including the Saltaire Village Experience, Salt’s Mill and Quarry Bank Mill, the Museum of Science and Industry, Llangollen Railway and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Iron Bridge and Tollhouse, the Coalbrookdale Museum and Blists Hill, the Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon Steam Railway and Ironworks and the SS Great Britain.

Included in the price will be the services of a professional UK tour manager, eight nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast and five dinners, guided tours of the sites and attractions, a visit to Clifton Suspension Bridge with talk, a scenic journey on the Llangollen Railway and a canal boat ride on the Pontcysyllye Aqueduct.

The tour will involve guest speaker Emma Griffin, professor of Modern Britain at the University of East Anglia, and tour consultant Phillip Lloyd of York University.

The Industrial Revolution 2016 tour will last nine days and cost from £995pp (twin/double rooms). There will be two departure dates in 2016: May 22 and September 16.