Edinburgh at leisure on the Northern Belle
Prices from £315 per person
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A treasure trove of art, culture and history, Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most lively and exciting cities. Visit the Scottish capital in spectacular fashion on this marvellous day trip on the elegant Northern Belle, complete with a fine-dining experience.
The Northern Belle departs from various cities in the Midlands and the North. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.
Your journey begins as you join the Northern Belle at your chosen station, and settle in to your plush armchair. Within moments you’ll be sipping a sparkling Bellini, shortly before your liveried steward serves a delicious brunch at your seat. Savour this gastronomic experience, and be sure to admire the wonderful panoramas of Northern England and the Scottish border lands through your large picture window.
Take the opportunity to chat to your fellow travellers and plan your afternoon in Edinburgh. The city, famed for its stunning Georgian architecture, boasts a wide array of attractions. For many visitors the imposing castle, perched high on a rocky crag at the end of the Royal Mile, is the first port of call. Others prefer to visit one of the many museums, or to simply browse through the countless shops, cafes and restaurants in this stunning city, which enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status.
Following a memorable time exploring the Scottish capital, you return to the Northern Belle to a glass of chilled Champagne – the perfect way to begin your homeward journey. Before long you are served a sumptuous four-course dinner, replete with fine wine, as you continue southwards.
Relax in your vintage carriage as the liveried stewards take care of your every need. Take a stroll through the train and admire the intricate vintage details that make each carriage truly unique before returning to 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.