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Belmond Northern Belle

#37 of 658 Tours in London
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Address: Shackleton House 4 Battle Bridge Lane, London SE1 2HP, England
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Evoking the opulent "Belles" of the 1930s, this luxurious yet...

Evoking the opulent "Belles" of the 1930s, this luxurious yet intimate train explores Britain's most beautiful countryside. The superb on-board cuisine is created using locally sourced specialities, all paired with fine wines and Champagnes. The wide variety of day trips includes visits to destinations such as Edinburgh, Bath and the Lake District, and events including Ladies' Day at Ascot and the Chelsea Flower Show. Departures from more than 65 stations around the UK.

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WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!

Bit late posting this review! I had always wanted to experience the Orient Express for over 25 years and the Northern Belle surpassed each and every one of my expectations! WOW is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 August 2014
DebsnMark1967
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Bolton, UK

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Bolton, UK
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2014

Bit late posting this review! I had always wanted to experience the Orient Express for over 25 years and the Northern Belle surpassed each and every one of my expectations! WOW is the only way I can describe our trip from Warrington to Edinburgh in November 2013 which was a wonderful surprise from my lovely boyfriend to make one of... More 

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Jeanette_Snape, General Manager at Belmond Northern Belle, responded to this review

Our aim at the Belmond Northern Belle is to exceed guests expectations and we are delighted to have succeeded! Thank you very much for taking the time to post to this forum and pass on our thanks to your partner for his wonderful taste in surprises! We hope you don't leave it another 25 years before you join us again.... More 

Stafford, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

What a wonderful experience!! A truly wonderful day. I booked this trip for my partner and I in the hope that she would say yes to my proposal. On our return from the lakes before our fabulous evening meal with the help of the dedicated staff the proposal was a great success! We felt like royalty service was excellent worth... More 

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Jeanette_Snape, General Manager at Belmond Northern Belle, responded to this review

Many Congratulations on your recent engagement! Thank you very much for choosing our train to pop the question. We are delighted that the answer was yes! We wish you all the very best with your forthcoming nuptials and hope we can welcome you back onboard to celebrate your anniversaries in years to come. Should you be looking for a wedding... More 

Newton-Le-Willows, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

A most enjoyable full-day trip, Very comfortable journey with excellent quality food and wine. Transfers efficient with minimal waiting around. Loch cruise provided the option of open or covered accommodation - views wonderful. Staff very pleasant and helpful. Toilet facilities clean and well maintained but be prepared for a queue - the downside of antique carriages is that the facilities... More 

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Jeanette_Snape, General Manager at Belmond Northern Belle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words. It is always a delight to read that guests have enjoyed their journey with us. Loch Lomond is a beautiful destination and I am glad you liked the tour of the area and the boat cruise. Operating on the National Network with antique stock and engines we occassionally suffer delays. We are... More 

Wigan
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

We're do I start, elegance, nostalgic, this trip takes you back in time, when you step onto the elegant carriages, luxurious, silver service, nothing to much trouble. I booked this as a surprise for my wife to celebrate our Pearl Wedding Anniversary, and as an extra I booked another surprise to get us to Manchester Victoria Station, with a Chauffeur... More 

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Jeanette_Snape, General Manager at Belmond Northern Belle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to share details of your day on this forum. I do hope your fingers have recovered! Many congratulations on your Pearl Wedding anniversary, the Belmond Northern Belle is certainly a great place to celebrate special occasions. Thank you for letting us be a part of yours. The stewards you mentioned along with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

Just back from a wonderful 3 day trip on the NORTHERN BELLE TRAIN. We boarded this very comfortable, well appointed and beautiful train at Birmingham International. The journey was to Edinburgh Waverley. We stayed two nights at the 5 star Waldorf Astoria on Princess Street. The weekend included superb food (lots) on the train, transfer to the hotel, two nights... More 

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Jeanette_Snape, General Manager at Belmond Northern Belle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for joining us on our Edinburgh Tattoo weekend. It certainly is a wonderful trip combining the elegance of the train with the excitement of the Tattoo. The Scottish capital is one of our most popular destinations and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. The stewards you mentioned along with the rest of the team all... More 

Lincolnshire
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

......we have now appeared on many 'spotters' photos!! The journey from Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley (and back) was just the 'ticket' I needed to celebrate a birthday. Each dining carriage has it's very own mark of note and splendour. The woodwork in each carriage needs to be absorbed and admired. But, sit down in your carriage and enjoy the... More 

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Jeanette_Snape, General Manager at Belmond Northern Belle, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words, they really mean a lot to our team. It is always a joy to read that guests have enjoyed their journey with us. As you note each carriage is different with the entire train often likened to a piece of moving art. We have a team of very talented artisans who maintain... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

My parents and I joined the Northern Belle at Chester for a trip to see the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh. Seated in the Duart carriage, the Belmond team ensured that our journey was a wonderful experience - nothing was too much trouble and the service was delivered with a smile - my father (80 years young) has a mobility... More 

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Jeanette_Snape, General Manager at Belmond Northern Belle, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post details of your day with us. All the team are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your day with us. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and the majestic Royal Yacht full of history and splendour. We are pleased you enjoyed your time in the Scottish Capital. Please pass on our best... More 

Salisbury, United Kingdom
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

Boarded our Northern Belle in Belvoir Carriage at Bath Spa and were escorted to our table by the very professional staff. By the time we had pulled out of the station we were already sipping champagne in the beautiful surroundings of our Orient Express style coach accompanied by top class amuses-bouche. We were in the very capable hands of Emma... More 

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Jeanette_Snape, General Manager at Belmond Northern Belle, responded to this review

Congratulations on your Ruby Wedding Anniversary. It is always a joy when guests choose to celebrate such special occasions onboard our train. Our chefs were delighted to read that you enjoyed the meal. All our menus are inspired by the views from our train windows and are changed to reflect the seasons and the area's we are travelling though. This... More 

Whitstable, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

Just had a wonderful day trip to Brighton as a special celebration. All aspects of the day were perfect with an outstanding 5 course meal with wine and champagne throughout. Staff were all so lovely and too many to name, do remember one in particular,Mitch, was great! In all a fabulous experience and a really relaxing luxurious treat, will start... More 

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

We celebrated our Golden Wedding on this train travelling from King's Cross to York. One can only say from the moment you arrive on your platform to the time you leave the train - everything was absolutely perfect. The food served, in our case, brunch on the way to York and Dinner three days later on our return to London... More 

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Jeanette_Snape, General Manager at Belmond Northern Belle, responded to this review

Many congratulations on your Golden Wedding Anniversary. We were delighted you chose to celebrate such a special occasion with us. It was lovely to read that you enjoyed your journey.The stewards in your carriage along with the rest of the team pass on their thanks. We will pass your comments onto the hotel. We are sorry for the disappointment regarding... More 

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