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Shipshape & Bristol Fashion
From £499 per person

About the holiday

With luxurious rooms, a contemporary on-site bar and restaurant which serves delicious meals and refreshing drinks, and an indoor heated swimming pool, the exceptional 4-star Mercure Bristol Holland House is a great base for this tour, which explores Bristol’s rich maritime past. Enjoy a boat tour of Bristol’s floating harbour before visiting the SS Great Britain, which tells the incredible story of one of Britain’s greatest engineers and one of the most important ships in maritime history. We will then step back in time as we journey through the Forest of Dean aboard the nostalgic heritage railway. With the chance to also discover beautiful Bath with its stunning Georgian architecture, trendy bars and cultural attractions, this tempting tour is a must.


  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Porterage at the hotel
  • Local joining points

The Hotel

The Mercure Bristol Holland House is a centrally located 4-star hotel, set close to the harbourside and just a 10-minute walk from Bristol city centre. The hotel’s unique look shares its connections to the rich industrial and maritime history that the city is renowned for, and is flooded with natural daylight throughout. The on-site restaurant, Urban Bar & Kitchen, offers a vibrant and contemporary atmosphere, serving delicious meals using the finest local produce, and refreshing drinks for those looking to unwind after a day out exploring. For ultimate relaxation and indulgence, guests can enjoy the indoor heated swimming pool and fitness suite. Stylish and modern, this superb hotel will ensure your stay is memorable.


Shipshape & Bristol Fashion

Room Service Available
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Service
Food & Drink
Vegetarian Meals
Gluten Free Meals on Request
Lactose or Dairy Free Menu
Vegan Menu
4 Star Guest Lounge
Indoor Swimming Pool
Room Amenities
Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
Safe Box
Non-Smoking Rooms Available
Shower or Bath
Free Wifi

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5 Day Itinerary

Day 1:

Local departure by coach or Home Connect service then on to Bristol and the centrally located Mercure Holland House for a four-night stay.

Included meals: Dinner

Day 2:Bristol’s Maritime Heritage

No visit to Bristol would be complete without acknowledging its maritime history. Our boat tour of Bristol’s floating harbour is a great way to get to know the city’s past and present.

The maritime theme then continues with a visit to the SS Great Britain, a museum ship and former passenger steamship, which was advanced for her time. She was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service between Bristol and New York City.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3:Day at leisure or Bath

Relax at your hotel, explore Bristol’s maritime heritage some more, or join our optional excursion to Bath.

Situated on the River Avon, between the Cotswolds and the Mendip Hills, Bath’s striking architecture and sweeping Georgian terraces combine to produce one of the most elegant cities in Europe. Attractions include the Abbey, Victoria Art Gallery, the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and the Roman Baths which in Georgian times were the focal point of out-of-town London activity.


Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4:Dean Forest Railway

We head across the River Severn and enjoy a relaxing, nostalgic journey along the Dean Forest Railway behind one of their steam locomotives. Your nine-mile round trip will last approximately 85 minutes along the forest line, beginning at Norchard Station and travelling south to Lydney Junction and north to Parkend, before returning to Norchard.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5:

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £159.00 (5 days).