Historic Bath on the Northern Belle
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Boasting a rich architectural heritage, the delightful Georgia spa town of Bath is now a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit this glorious city in style with a day excursion on the Northern Belle, and savour the elegant glamour of this magnificent train.
The Northern Belle departs from various cities in the Midlands and the North. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.
Enjoy a sparkling Bellini as you board the Northern Belle, and take your seat in your beautifully restored carriage. Each carriage is named after a British castle or stately home and is individually decorated, to evoke the glamour of the 1930s “Belle” trains.
Then your experience really begins as livieried stewards serve you a delicious brunch at your table, which is set with bespoke china, sparkling glassware and immaculate linen. Admire the views from your large picture window as the train make its way through the idyllic English countryside.
Later you arrive in Bath, where you are free to explore at your own pace. Take the opportunity to discover the honey-coloured architecture of the elegant Royal Crescent, explore the striking Bath Abbey, or perhaps visit the famous baths and learn more about this centrepiece of Roman culture in Britain. Alternatively, the Jane Austen House Museum pays tribute to one of Bath’s most famous residents and is well worh a visit, and the city is also home to an abundance of excellent and eclectic shops.
Following an afternoon of discovery, you return to the train and begin your wonderful homeward journey. Enjoy a Champage reception on board, ahead of a gastronomic four-course dinner, served with the sommelier’s choice of wine.
Savour your dinner as you marvel at the ever-changing views on this leg of your journey. Be sure to chat with your travel companions and take the time to stroll through the other carriages, admiring the decorative flourishes that make this luxury train unique, before arriving at your original departure station.
The Northern Belle
The Northern Belle embodies the distinctive opulence and craftsmanship associated with the classic ‘Belle’ trains of the 1930s. Expertly and exquisitely detailed, each carriage bears the name of a stately home and is furnished with specially commissioned designs, fabrics and beautiful marquetry.
Exquisitely laid tables with starched table cloths, along with uniquely branded silverware, emphasize the level of sumptuosity; the artistic adornment and luxurious furnishings complete the elegant and comfortable carriages. Breathe deep, and embrace the intimate ‘country house’ atmosphere of each unique carriage.
The Northern Belle train entered service in 2000 as a sister to the highly successful British Pullman train of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Ever since George Mortimer Pullman’s first luxury train was conceived in 1864, people have been captivated by the elegance and sense of occasion that surrounds such decadent travel.
Whilst the Pullman Palace Car Company brought the romance of luxury rail travel to Britain, Georges Nagelmackers founded the luxury sleeping car service which was destined to become legendary, spanning the rail networks across Europe.
The Northern Belle is synonymous with sophistication and splendid comfort. Restoration of the carriages by celebrated interior designers such as Rene Laliqué ensures that the decadence of the experience is unsurpassed. Its re-launch in 1982 marked the re-emergence of a new age in elegant rail travel.
Introduced to provide the ultimate in stylish and enjoyable day excursions and short breaks throughout the North of Britain, the Northern Belle combines classic craftsmanship and contemporary engineering and is a reflection of the affluent ‘Belle’ trains of the 1930s. Each of the dining carriages is named after a great British castle or stately home.