Day trip: Blenheim Palace on board the Belmond British Pullman
Prices from £425 per person
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Dates: – 2021 new dates now available – Thursday 24th June, Wednesday 4th August or Thursday 30th September 2021 – very limited availability
Join the famous Belmond British Pullman luxury train on a day excursion to leafy Oxfordshire and magnificent Blenheim Palace.
Departing from London at approximately 09:45 and returning the same day at 20:45. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.
Sit down to a sumptuous brunch on the outward journey, served in a beautiful, vintage carriage. Enjoy immaculate linen, bespoke china and sparkling cut glass, as befits a gastronomic journey of this calibre. Sit back and relax as liveried stewards take care of your every need. Admire the changing views through your picture window and the stunning design details of your carriage.
Arriving in Oxfordshire around midday you will be met by coaches for a transfer to the Blenheim estate. Spend the afternoon exploring the house, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Gain a rare insight into the history of its owners, the Dukes of Marlborough. Return to the train for a champagne reception. Look forward to the culinary delights of a four-course dinner accompanied by our sommelier’s choice of wine. Sip your champagne, reflect on your day, and enjoy the art deco flourishes that make this luxury train unlike any other.
What to Wear
Smart day-wear is appropriate; You can never be over dressed on this iconic train. Please do not wear jeans or trainers.
The Belmond British Pullman
The Belmond British Pullman is glorious in every respect. Originally conceived as “Palaces on Wheels” by George Mortimer Pullman, each lavishly appointed carriage is an original 1920s and 30s masterpiece from the golden age of rail travel.
Lovingly restored with breathtaking attention to detail, each car is a symphony of intricate marquetry, inlaid mosaic floors, sparkling crystal and beautiful Art Deco design.
Relax within deeply upholstered armchairs and celebrate the sovereignty of Britain’s gloriously unique heritage. Sip champagne and embrace an element of the world’s most romantic and exclusive adventure.
The Belmond British Pullman can carry up to 226 passengers and the carriages seat between 20 and 26 passengers in each. On board passengers are seated in either ‘coupé’s’ (small compartments seating up to four people) or in the open car mostly at tables for two. There is a limited number of single tables and tables for three in the open car.
The Belmond British Pullman takes its name from George Mortimer Pullman, an American, who in 1864 built The Pioneer, the first railway carriage designed with true comfort for the passenger. The later creation of the Pullman Car Company in 1882 led to his domination of luxury train travel in Britain from that time onwards.
These luxury day cars formed the train that would take passengers from London to the English Channel ports as part of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, as well as travelling the length and breadth of Great Britain.
The history of the train lies in the individual carriages which today form the Belmond British Pullman. The carriages have changed hands many times during their lifetime and bring with them stories and events which give them their unique character.