This line was built between 1900 and 1906 to improve through-services from Birmingham to Bristol and the West Country. It also carried fruit from the farming areas in the Cotswolds and Vale of Evesham to the rest of the nation. It closed in 1976, reopening as a heritage line in 1984. Nowadays visitors can enjoy views of classic Cotswolds countryside and the novelty of a steam train while taking a 25-mile round trip between Laverton, Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse.
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Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Specially converted carriage
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Mar-Dec, selected days and times. Call 01242 621405 for details
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About The area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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