Day trip: Highclere Castle on board the Belmond British Pullman – 30th June 2020
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Dates: – 30th June 2020
Take a step back in time to witness the glamour and decadence of the late 19th and early 20th centuries at Highclere Castle. Step into the world of Downton Abbey as you journey through the English countryside on the iconic Belmond British Pullman train.
Departing from London at approximately 09:45 and returning the same day at 19:00. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.
Delve into the glamour of the Belmond British Pullman train as you embark on a fascinating journey to Highclere Castle, ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Carnavon. Take your seat in one of the individual carriages, adorned with intricate marquetry and authentic art deco fixtures and furnishings. Watch the ever-changing English countryside roll by as you sip a sparkling Bellini and await your silver service, three-course brunch.
On arrival to Highclere Castle you set off on a private guided tour around one of the most impressive English country houses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It has also served as the location for the much-loved TV series Downton Abbey. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure to wander through the enchanting gardens and gift shop. You can also explore the Egyptian Exhibition — the 5th Earl of Carnavon famously discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb with Howard Carter.
On your journey back to London you are welcomed back aboard Belmond British Pullman with a reviving glass of champagne. Sit back and reflect on your day whilst you savour a delicious three-course dinner with our sommelier’s choice of wine. As the train winds its way towards London Victoria Station, you end your excursion with coffee, a selection of delectable petits fours and an incredible story to tell.
About Highclere Castle
Dating back as far as 749 AD when the estate was granted to the Bishops of Winchester by an Anglo-Saxon King, the magnificent Hightclere Castle has a rich and intriguing history. Since 1679 the estate has been owned by the earls of Carnarvon and in 1838 Sir Charles Barry (best known for his role in the re-building of the Palace of Westminster in London) was commissioned to transform the beautiful Castle into what it is today.
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.