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Bells and Whistles

Bells and Whistles

See how bells are made in Loughborough, take a ride on Britain’s only restored Main line railway and take a tour of a working mill. Countryside lovers won’t be disappointed as we also explore the beautiful Derbyshire Dales.

4*Derby Midland Hotel

The 4* Midland is a Victorian railway hotel which offers excellent modern facilities but retains many historic features. It is located close to Derby’s shops and excellent indoor market.


Price includes

•       Door to Door Service

•       4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at 4* Derby Midland Hotel

•       Choice menu at dinner

•       Entrance and guided tour of the Bell Foundry Museum

•       A journey on the Great Central Railway

•       Entry and guided tour of Cromford Mill

•       Entrance to Crich Tramway Museum

•       Escorted throughout


Day 1

We travel to the hotel arriving for dinner, after which we have local speaker give us an introduction on the area.


Day 2

Todays excursion takes in the best of the lovely Derbyshire Dales as we travel via Dovedale and Hartington to the attractive town of Buxton. After time in the town we return through the Peak District National Park.

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Day 3

Today we travel to Loughborough and visit the Bell Foundry Museum Part of the world's largest working bell foundry. The museum shows the craft techniques of moulding, casting, tuning and the fitting travel on the Great Central up of bells. Plus, the history of some of the famous castings.
In the afternoon we travel on the Great Central Railway through Great Central Railway, past historic stations with beautiful views of the countryside until we arrive in Leicester where we have free time before joining the coach and returning to the hotel.
Please Note condition of entrance from the Bell Foundry Museum: Strong (not fabric) fully enclosed shoes (toes, sides and back must be covered with no slits or gaps in the uppers) are to be warn on the tour of the works. Persons not wearing the appropriate type of footwear will be refused entry.

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Day 4

The Derwent Valley was the first place where steam was used to power mill machinery, starting a revolution in milling. It is now a World Heritage Site and we'll visit Cromford mill. home to Sir Richard Arkwright's first mill complex and birthplace of the modern factory system, built in 177. In the afternoon we head to the Crich Tramway Village, containing over 60 trams built between 1873 and 1982, a period village containing a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and tram depots. Travel on a vintage tram, viewing the exhibitions and marvelling at the spectacular views.

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Day 5

We depart our hotel and take a tour of Derby with a local guide. A city that is tied in with railway buildings, Silk making and the Roundhouse, the world's first and oldest surviving railway house. After our tour we head for home.


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