Skip to content

Welcome to Railtrail Tours

A family firm with an ethos of honesty and integrity. Our passion for delivering quality escorted holidays by rail at great value fares along with consistently excellent customer service has stood us in good stead for over 40 years.

Big on Quality, Small Enough to Care

01538 382323
Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm

<img src="pontcysyllteaqueduct4©denbighshirecountycouncil.jpeg" alt="Pontcysyllte Aqueduct"/>

Canals, Steam & Historic Chester

Explore the industrial age of waterways and railways on this fantastic tour based in historic Chester featuring two of the 'Seven Wonders of the Canals'. Discover the world of canals at Ellesmere Port, cruise across the fantastic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, and enjoy a nostalgic journey on the Llangollen Railway.

View Dates & Book

5 days from £735



Tuesday 13 May 2025

Tuesday 8 July 2025

Tuesday 16 September 2025



  • Explore the world of canals at Ellesmere Port

  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the River Dee

  • Cruise across the breathtaking Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

  • Enjoy a nostalgic ride along the Llangollen Railway

  • Discover 2,000 years of history in the beautiful city of Chester

  • Wander along waterside paths and ancient city walls

  • Visit Port Sunlight and explore the Museum and Gallery

  • Stay in the heart of Chester


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal plus 1 cream tea

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


We arrive in Chester and make our way to the Mill Hotel & Spa located alongside the canal. In the afternoon we enjoy time to explore our new surroundings and can take a stroll to the ancient City Walls or Roman Gardens before our first evening meal together.



After breakfast today, we experience one of Robert Aickman's 'Seven Wonders of the Canals' at the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift* where we trace the history of canal carrying and engineering and take the boat trip to descend the lift and cruise the River Weaver. We return to Chester in the afternoon and enjoy a cruise on the River Dee followed by time at leisure in the city's charming streets of black-and-white houses, Roman museum, beautiful Cathedral, and famous Rows. You can walk below the towering walls, marvel at the ingenious Northgate Staircase Locks, or idle away a moment watching the boats in Chester Basin before reconvening for our evening meal.

*We have been made aware that the Anderton Boat Lift is closing in 2025 for refurbishment and we are currently seeking an alternative which we will update as soon as possible.

B, D


Today, our private coach takes us to the Llangollen Canal for a breathtaking aerial cruise across another of the 'Seven Wonders', the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Crossing 126ft above the River Dee, it is the highest and longest aqueduct in Britain and a World Heritage site, and we indulge in a sumptuous cream tea on our journey. Afterwards, we continue by road to Llangollen with time to look around the delightful town before a thrilling return train ride along the beautiful Llangollen Railway through the Dee Valley to Corwen.

B, LR, D


After breakfast, we travel by train to Port Sunlight, the village that William Hesketh Lever built for his Sunlight Soap Factory workers in 1888, where we enjoy free time to explore the many attractions including the Port Sunlight Museum and Lady Lever Art Gallery. After lunch, we continue to Ellesmere Port to discover the colourful world of Roses & Castles at the National Waterways Museum. We enjoy a guided tour of the large collection of narrow boats, other canal craft, and recreated workshops and there is time for further exploration at leisure before we return to Chester by train.

B, D


After breakfast, we bid farewell to beautiful Cheshire as we make our way homeward.


B=Breakfast, LR=Light Refreshments, D=Dinner


Mill Hotel & Spa, Chester

Situated along the side of the Shropshire Union Canal, the Mill Hotel is a comfortable hotel with facilities including a gym, spa, and sauna plus guests can enjoy dining in the beautiful canalside restaurant or relaxing in the bar and lounge. The stylish bedrooms offer a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.



Fare Region



London: Euston



Greater London



South of England



East Anglia



South West



Heart of England









North East



North West



South Wales



North Wales







*Please Note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.


£5 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

Join & Leave at Hotel £740

Single Room Supplement £250


4 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal plus 1 cream tea

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

From Price Book Now Call Back Telephone Favourites
13 May 2025 £735.00 Loading
08 Jul 2025 £735.00 Loading
16 Sep 2025 £735.00 Loading

It is not possible to display any suggested tours because JavaScript is disabled in your web browser.

Contact Us
Railtrail Tours Limited
21 The Smithfield Centre, Leek
Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5JW
Feefo logo


This website uses cookies to store information. By continuing to browse the website without changing your settings you are agreeing to their use. For more information view our cookie policy.

Request a brochure