About Leons Travel Group
Leons Holidays is one of the UK’s leading tour operators providing coach holidays in the UK and Europe as well as a great variety of European Cruise and Air travel holidays to suit any need and budget.
A family-owned establishment, Leons Holidays are dedicated to providing our customers with a fantastic holiday experience from start to finish. Each holiday or tour has its own detailed itinerary to show you exactly what is included in your break and with 11 coach pick up points across Staffordshire and the West Midlands we aim to give you a hassle free break to the destination of your choice.
Our online booking system lets you not only search for your perfect holiday but book and pay for it safely and securely in one go. We also have our knowledgable and friendly bookings team at the end of the phone to help you book over the phone. Or, if you prefer doing things the 'old-fashoined' way we would love for you to come down to visit our specially built for 2012 headquarters on Paton Drive, Beaconside, Stafford where you can relax in our spacious reception area and talk face-to-face with a member of our team.
History of Leons
Started as a taxi business by Leon Douglas in 1951, the firm soon adopted Leons as its trading name. Progressing to a Ford Transit 12-seat Deansgate conversion in 1971. Five years later Leons bought Halls Coaches, acquiring four vehicles that included two Ford coaches, which marked the transition from minibus operator to coach operator.
Around the start of the 1980s Leons was buying its first new coaches - a Caetano Alpha and one of the first Plaxton Paramounts, both Fords. A switch to heavy-weights and a notable landmark came next when, in 1989, it took a group of holidaymakers to Sweden in a Volvo B10M fitted with 53 seats plus toilet.
By this time the firms coach holiday programme was in its second season and a subsequent takeover took it into the schools tour market under the Dragons banner.
With his sons Robert and Andrew taking an increasingly active role in the management of the business, soon to become joint MDs, Leon, now 78, has been able to take more of a backseat although he still comes down every day!
Although Leons fleet has been slimmed down in recent years in a conscious move to concentrate on the quality end of the market, it currently runs 29 coaches. Among them are 15 'execs' - all of which have Van Hool bodies, including two 12-plate 13.2-metre Altano over-deckers which benefit from leather seats and sunken toilets.
2012 marks a very special milestone for Leons as from April we have a new home (albeit right nextdoor to our old one!). A £3m headquartes in Beaconside, Stafford. Opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Stafford on 22 April, it is the fourth move for Leons in its 61 year history.
The new premises, built on a 4.5 acre brown-field site, comprises of a three-bay workshop area with a VOSA approved MOT testing area with paint booth as well as the main building with two floors of accomodation and grand reception space.
Photos courtesy of: Christopher Leach Photography and David Burrell DWB Photos