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Belmond Northern Belle England, Europe, Great Britain, Scotland, Wales, United Kingdom

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- Complimentary Bottle of Laurent-Perrier Champagne on any Christmas lunch or excursion. Valid until 30 November.

- Private table for two on the Northern Belle - £75 supplement (£100 with bottle of Champagne) subject to availability on booking;

NOTE: Please request the promotion you require. Promotions often change; Members, please contact the Club for updates. Any valid promotion will be honoured, if the Member requests it at time of booking. Promotions cannot be combined, are subject to availability and are only valid for new bookings.

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Fay says, "The Northern Belle roams the English, Scottish and Welsh countryside, with all the fine dining and superb service one would expect from a train which shared the same 'stable' as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express."

About the Northern Belle

A journey on the Belmond Northern Belle is more than just a day trip when you travel back to the 1930s, meandering through the British countryside. On the Northern Belle, dining is something to savour, providing the ultimate in stylish and enjoyable day excursions and short breaks from major stations throughout the UK, creating a special memory for a special occasion.

Northern Belle 2018 Dates, Stations and Prices

Go here for all Northern Belle 2018 journeys.

Some History - The Orient Express

The first luxury train available to the general public is now generally known as the Orient Express. It is from the Orient Express that all the luxury trains that we enjoy today originate, such as the Northern Belle. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is the modern equivalent of the earlier Orient Express.


Each of the six Northern Belle carriages seat 42 and contain tables of two and four with plenty of room for guests to move around and enjoy the sociable atmosphere. Lavishly furnished with specially commissioned fabrics, intricate marquetry and glistening brass, every exquisite detail sets the scene for your dalliance with the romance of travel. Each carriage is named after a great British castle or stately home, so take time to admire the individual designs, lovingly restored by some of the country’s finest marquetry experts, muralists and mosaic artists.

Belmond Northern Belle Carriages

What are the Belmond Northern Belle carriages like? Go here for details of the Belmond Northern Belle carriages; seating plan, interiors, history and more.


The fine meals on the Northern Belle are freshly prepared and complimented with champagne and wine, impeccably served. Each dish is prepared using the finest ingredients from mainly UK suppliers and paired with indulgent extras. Tea, coffee and petits fours are served after each meal. Tables are laid with glittering crystal and gleaming silver. Special diets are accommodated. Being associated with the Venice Simplon Orient-Express Christmas lunch is, for instance, very special.

Belmond Northern Belle Luxury Train Club

Itineraries 2017/2018

With day trips, dining experiences, afternoon teas and weekends, the Northern Belle offers a range of journeys and excursions as well as seasonal day trips, a selection of which are listed below.

We do not list all available Northern Belle journeys. If you cannot find a convenient date or journey below (or on the Calendar Of Luxury Train Journeys), please contact us in case there are some non-listed trips that could be feasible. These include: Wine Tasting at Vinopolis; Mother's Day Lunch; Spirit of Travel lunch; National Rail Museum; York, Harrogate, Durham and more. Alternatively, check

Belmond Northern Belle Chester Lake District Weekend


Take the Northern Belle to the Scottish capital and discover its diverse delights and beautiful buildings. Having departed early in the morning one can enjoy a brunch with Bellini during the journey to Edinburgh, and then a delicious dinner with champagne and half a bottle of wine before arriving back late (from 23.00hrs onwards). Please specify your choice when booking. Time in Edinburgh is about 5 hours. Journey time: 17 hours approximately.

Leisure Trip. Spend your free time shopping in its specialist shops, visit the interesting galleries, take a city bus tour, or just wander along the Royal Mile and streets. August is the Fringe time, with an eclectic mix of entertainment.

Royal Yacht Britannia. Uncover the secrets of daily life on board the former floating home of Her Majesty the Queen. Start your tour at the Visitor Centre, where you can learn about her fascinating history through exhibits and photographs, finishing at the gleaming Engine Room.

Edinburgh Castle: Guided tour of the Castle. As well as enjoying the fantastic views from the hill-top fortress, marvel at Scotland's Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, and the remarkable hammerbeam roof of the Great Hall.

Departures, Dates and Prices 2017

11 November: Warrington (07:00hrs), Liverpool (07:30hrs), Preston (08:30hrs)

Price: £295pp Leisure only. £350pp Castle. £350pp Royal Yacht Britannia.

Private Table for Two - Guaranteed - subject to availability on booking.


Christmas Lunch

Settle into your festively decorated carriage and look forward to a magnificent seven-course lunch with all the trimmings. Your table is set in lavish style with crisp white linen, sparkling glassware and bespoke china. It’s the perfect way to enter into the festive spirit, either as an indulgent treat for yourself or as a special gift for loved ones. Includes: Champagne upon boarding; seven-course lunch; half a bottle of wine per person; coffee, tea & petits fours; table magicians.

Departures, Dates and Prices 2017

4 December: Newport, Cardiff

5 December: Cardiff, Bath, Bristol

6 December: Norwich, Ipswich

7 December: Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield

10 December: Glasgow, Edinburgh

12 December: Newcastle, Durham, Darlington

14 December: York, Hull

15 December: Doncaster, Leeds, Sheffield

18 December: Birmingham, Coventry

19 December: Preston, Bolton, Manchester

20 December: Crewe, Liverpool, Chester

Price FROM: £225 per person.

Private Table for Two - Guaranteed - subject to availability on booking

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Fine dining is a highlight of every journey and, once you have settled into your seat, a delicious brunch with a Bellini is served as you travel towards Edinburgh.

On arrival in Edinburgh, your time is your own to explore the sights and attractions at a leisurely pace. With the Christmas Market, ice-skating, the medieval Old Town, castle and countless shops, this is a day to remember.

After a delightful afternoon, return to the train for a champagne reception followed by a delicious dinner accompanied by our sommelier’s choice of wine, as the train takes you home.

Departures, Dates and Prices 2017

25 November: Manchester (07:00hrs), Leeds (09:00hrs) York (09:30hrs)

Price FROM: £300 per person.

Private Table for Two - Guaranteed - subject to availability on booking

Itineraries 2018

Valentine's Day Lunch

Spend this memorable time with someone special as the train travels through the British countryside. Enjoy a five-course lunch with champagne and a half bottle of wine as you sit in comfort, followed by tea, coffee and petits fours. A Valentine gift is included.

Departures, Dates and Prices 2018

16 February: Crewe (11:00hrs), Chester (11:45hrs), Manchester (12:30hrs)

17 February: Harrogate (11:00hrs), York (11:45hrs), Leeds (12:30hrs)

18 February: Derby (12:30hrs), Birmingham (13:30hrs)

Price FROM: £290 per person

Private Table for Two - Guaranteed - subject to availability on booking

Muncaster Castle and Gardens, Lake District National

Muncaster Castle and Gardens, an allegedly haunted castle set in the pretty coastal village of Ravenglass in the Lake District National Park. A delicious brunch with a Bellini is served as you travel towards Ravenglass through pretty countryside. On arrival at Ravenglass Station, guides are waiting to take you on a short coach journey to Muncaster Castle. The castle’s idyllic setting, with views of the Western Lake District and Scafell Pike, Britain’s highest mountain, as well as its 70 acres of gardens and woodlands, is reason enough to visit. Add to this the castle with its’ many rooms including the Great Hall, the Dining Room and the wood-panelled Victorian Billiard Room and we have a spectacular day of discovery.

A highlight of the visit is the Hawk and Owl Centre and the magnificent falconry display; witness the silent flight of an owl, the speed of a falcon and the majestic eagle soar over the valley which has been granted UNESO World Heritage Status.

After a wonderful day rejoin the coach for the short journey back to the station, to join the train for a refreshing glass of champagne followed by a sumptuous five-course dinner accompanied by half a bottle of wine as we wend our way home.

Departures, Dates and Prices 2018

11 May: York (07:00hrs), Leeds (08:00hrs)

Price from: £390 per person

Private Table for Two - Guaranteed - subject to availability on booking.

Historic Roman Bath/ Bath at Leisure/Brunel's ss Great Britain

Enjoy a scrumptious brunch with Bellini as the Northern Belle transports you to Bath, Britain's best-preserved Georgian city that is full of charm, history and wonderful architecture, with its antique shops, museums and so much more. Explore at leisure the wonderful shopping areas, the Abbey or various other places of interest. Relax on your journey home with dinner, champagne and half a bottle of wine. Journey time: 12 hours approximately.

Or you will be met at the station for an optional guided coach tour of Bath. You are then escorted to the city’s premier attraction, the Roman Baths. Tour this fascinating and well-preserved site, where ancient Romans once bathed, socialised and conducted their business.

Or take the coach transfer to Brunel's ss Great Britain with free time to explore the ship and the museum. This ship is a feat of engineering from the Industrial Revolution, that brings to life passenger travel from a different era.

Departures, Dates and Prices 2018

18 May: Liverpool (06:30hrs), Warrington (07:00hrs), Crewe (07:45hrs)

Prices from: £390 per person - Roman Baths. £340 per person - ss Brunel. £295 per person - Bath at Leisure

Private Table for Two - Guaranteed - subject to availability on booking.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Your journey starts with a sparkling Bellini, tea, coffee and a three-course brunch as you travel through the Yorkshire countryside to this wonderful destination. On arrival at the train station, board a coach for the short journey to Fountain. Here you are at leisure to explore the country’s largest monastic ruins and the awe inspiring Georgian gardens that surround it. Ornamental lakes, temples, cascading waterfalls and canals create a beautiful place to wander. The Temple of Piety and the “Surprise view” often called “Anne Boleyns Seat” offers astonishing views of the Abbey and surrounding gardens.

Rejoin the coach for the journey back to the station, where the train is waiting to take you home. Enjoy a sparkling glass of champagne as you settle back into your seat, and later a sumptuous five-course dinner with half a bottle of fine wine, rounding off a perfect day.

Departures, Dates and Prices 2018

28 May: Kidderminster (07:00hrs), Birmingham (07:45hrs), Derby (08:30hrs)

Price from: £390 per person

Private Table for Two - Guaranteed - subject to availability on booking.

Flower Shows

Enjoy brunch with Bellini aboard the Northern Belle before heading to a wonderful flower show, set in surroundings such as the beautiful grounds of palaces or historic gardens. Marvel at the conceptual gardens and blooms on show in the floral marquees. Coach transfers and admission are included. Having spent a wonderful day, look forward to a delicious four-course dinner with champagne and half a bottle of wine whilst being transported home arriving back late in the evening.

Departures, Dates and Prices 2018

28 April: Harrogate Flower Show - Kidderminster (07:00hrs), Birmingham (07:45hrs), Derby (08:30hrs). Price from: £390 per person

24 May: RHS Chelsea - Manchester (07:30hrs), Macclesfield (08:00hrs), Stoke on Trent (08:30hrs). Price from: £425 per person

25 May: RHS Chelsea - Chester (06:30hrs), Crewe (07:00hrs), Stafford (07:30hrs). Price from: £425 per person

Private Table for Two - Guaranteed - subject to availability on booking.

London at Leisure

Enjoy a day out in London, wandering around the many sites, visiting an amazing museum or royal palace, shopping in Harrods of Selfridges, meandering round cobbled Covent Garden with its street entertainers, or stroll along the South Bank soaking up the artistic vibe. With Champagne Bellinis and brunch on the way out and a delicious four-course dinner with champagne and half a bottle of wine whilst being transported home arriving back late in the evening, this is a day to remember.

Departures, Dates and Prices 2018

24 May: Manchester (07:30hrs), Macclesfield (08:00hrs), Stoke on Trent (08:30hrs)

25 May: Chester (06:30hrs), Crewe (07:00hrs), Stafford (07:30hrs)

Price from: £335 per person

Private Table for Two - Guaranteed - subject to availability on booking.

Ticket To Ride Luxury Train Voucher

Ticket To Ride luxury train gift voucher

The Ticket to Ride luxury train gift voucher is valid for full or part payment on any of the Club's trains, on this UK train that was known as the Orient Express Northern Belle or anywhere in the world, for one or more people; an unusual and welcome present.

Buy now, personalize and print or email. The luxury train gift voucher is valid for one year and can be for any value from USD $250 or GBP £150 or EUR €185. Travel must be booked through the Club.

A Ticket To Ride is great for saying 'thank you', anniversaries or birthdays, towards honeymoons or family travel, wedding lists or for a joint gift.

Pay for and Email / Print a Ticket To Ride Luxury Train Gift Voucher

General Information

The Northern Belle is the sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Dress Code: Smart day wear is generally acceptable. No jeans or trainers at any event. Comfortable walking shoes where appropriate. However, dinner events and wine tastings are an opportunity to dress up - evening journeys are more formal and some passengers may well be wearing black tie (although it is not compulsory - smart lounge suite are acceptable). If leaving the train for an excursion, it is possible to leave a small bag on the train (therefore change of shoes etc), in the overhead luggage rack.

Private Table for Two: Guaranteed - free of charge subject to availability on booking. Note: there is a charge on journeys from London.

Times and travel documents: Travel documents will be sent out about one week before travel.

Timings: All timings shown are for your guidance only. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents and are subject to NetWork Rail changes and final confirmation.

Carriage Layout: The Northern Belle consists of six passenger carriages, each with the same interior layout of tables for two and four. Please note that the quoted fares are for places either at a 2- or 4-seater table. Reserve a Private Table for Two, subject to availability, for an additional single payment of £125, which includes the gift of a bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne in a presentation box.

Offers: Offers from Belmond may be removed at any time without notice; valid for new bookings only; subject to availability.

Journeys from London: These are operated by Belmond via UK Railtours.

Booking & Reservations

All prices are at publicly-quoted rates. All tour dates and itineraries are subject to change. Please contact us for up to date information.

We will be happy to answer any questions about the Northern Belle, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and make the booking for you - contact us in the UK : +44 (0)1249 890205 or Please sign up to our newsletter to be kept informed of interesting trains and special offers.

Details of the other Belmond trains are here, inclduing the sister train, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.


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