Glorious York on the Belmond British Pullman
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York is a beautiful walled city steeped in centuries of colourful history, with landmarks shaped by its Roman, Viking and Norman past (to name a few). With something to offer to virtually any visitor, the city is a must-see destination. Enjoy a marvellous excursion on the British Pullman, and experience a journey just a delightful as this destination.
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Your adventure begins at London Victoria, where you are welcomed to the Belmond British Pullman with a sparkling Bellini. As you begin the journey north, enjoy a delicious brunch, served at your table of starched white linen cloths and sparkling bespoke glassware by your liveried steward. Take in the changing views from your large picture window as you enjoy this gastronomic experience.
On arrival in York, you are met by guides for a walking tour of this ancient and historic city, still enclosed by its 13th century city walls. Highlights include the stunning Minster and fascinating tangle of narrow cobbled streets, commonly known as The Shambles. Of course if you prefer, you could instead visit the National Railway Museum (free admission), which is home to one of the world’s largest collections of loclomotives and rolling stock.
After exploring this fabulous city, return to the train for a wonderful Champagne reception as you begin your return journey. Around this time you will be served a lavish five-course dinner, accompanied by fine wine.
Sit back and relax as you make your way southwards, or chat with your fellow pasengers and admire the intricate stylish art deco details that make each glamorous carriage unique, before the Belmond British Pullman arrives back in London.
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.