Northern Belle
Northern Belle
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Discover the pinnacle of luxury rail travel aboard the Northern Belle, where opulence meets unforgettable journeys. Journey Selection: Explore our 2023 and 2024 journeys, including the renowned "Settle to Carlisle Steam" experience, listed among the "Top 10 Journeys in the World." In Partnership with KRUG: Introducing a new class of travel with premium amenities. Settle to Carlisle Steam: As seen on Channel 5's "World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys," this unforgettable trip awaits. Book now for £495 per person, featuring caviar, Champagne, and more. Readers' Choice Awards: Voted the best luxury British train and one of the world's top ten in Condé Nast Traveler's "Readers' Favourite Railway Journeys in the World 2022." Our Mission: To exceed our guests' expectations, create cherished memories, and operate the most luxurious train. A World of Luxury: Step into the exclusive world of private luxury trains, where Northern Belle stands as the epitome of opulence
Nantwich, Cheshire, England

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Jackie G
Rhosesmore, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My husband booked the Northern Belle to celebrate my 60th birthday. We boarded at Liverpool Lime Street for our onward journey to Carlisle (Settle & Carlisle Steam Special).
From the moment we were greeted by staff at the door to our carriage for the day (Glamis), a birthday card was waiting on the table from the Glamis staff (Debbie, Asim & Jo), our table was beautifully ‘dressed’, the food was perfectly cooked & presented until we arrived back at Liverpool, the day couldn’t have been more perfect.
Nothing was too much trouble & we would like our thanks to be passed on to Debbie, Asim, Jo & to the chef & team for making my 60th celebration a truly memorable & unforgetable day.
Written 14 April 2024
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Nomad37355416271
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
WAS really looking forward to my surprise after a superb 'cloak and dagger' effort from the good wife next weekend only to find a train issue means our particular carriage was cancelled. Horrendous customer service experience with no real apology (things break which is fine and acceptable ) but then to discover that even with no tickets being distributed yet (which if they had we'd have understood) they have decided the fate of the unfortunate few by carriage and NOT on a first come first served basis? We booked last August and this seemed to hold no weight whatsoever. (They wouldnt even call us, apparently the reservations manger was too ill to talk!) The unfair process of
'elimination' and the loss of faith in what looks like a superb experience means we wont be booking again..they even tried to say that all passengers booked at same time as us which we know to be totally untrue! Terrible form Northern Belle..
Written 12 April 2024
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Judestar66
Derby, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Boarded the Northern Belle at Wakefield for a full days outing to Carlyle and what a fabulous experience it was from start to finish. The food and service were first class, we were in the Chatsworth carriage and our stewards Barry and Zayna looked after us impeccably with enthusiasm, grace and humour. The cost of the trip may seem expensive but when a full 12 hours experience is factored in with a 3 course brunch, 6 course dinner, champagne, wine and port included along with a magician, a band and the luxurious experience, it all makes for a wonderful memory. Can highly recommend.
Written 11 April 2024
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Denise F
London, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Special birthday treat for my husband we went to The Cheltenham Gold Cup on the Northern Belle. It really is luxury travel and we were looked after extremely well by the staff always with a smile and nothing was too much travel.My husband was chuffed to receive a birthday card from them as well which was a lovely touch. The food is second to none and the tartlet “Arnold Bennett” was delicious melted in the mouth thank you chef. The ongoing travel into Cheltenham race course was well orchestrated and the volunteers on the steam train and at the station also looked after us very well. The five course dinner on our journey back was just a delight I particularly enjoyed the shin suet pudding and the beef.
I wanted my husband to enjoy his day and he loved every minute of the experience and hasn’t stopped talking about it.
So huge thank you to all but especially to the staff of our replacement carriage who made the vintage carriage look so beautiful and made sure we didn’t feel we had missed out.
Written 18 March 2024
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Dear Denise, Thank you for choosing the Northern Belle to celebrate your husband's special birthday at The Cheltenham Gold Cup. We're thrilled to hear that you both enjoyed luxury travel and were well looked after by our staff. It's delightful to know that your husband appreciated the birthday card - we always strive to add those personal touches. We're glad you enjoyed the culinary delights, especially the tartlet "Arnold Bennett" and the five-course dinner. Your kind words about our staff and volunteers are truly appreciated. We're so pleased that your husband loved every minute of the experience. Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback! Best regards,
Written 20 March 2024
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Soap12
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
What an unforgettable and amazing experience for my birthday! Genuinely one of the best things I’ve ever done. From start to finish the day was PERFECT! The most wonderful staff, fantastic food, entertainment, everything just stunningly beautiful.

Anyone considering doing a trip, DO IT! It’s a must!

We had the spirit of travel luncheon and upgraded to a couples table and Laurent Perrier package, it was worth every single penny.

We will definitely be back to do another one!
Written 17 March 2024
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Dear Soap12, Thank you for choosing the Northern Belle to celebrate your birthday! We're thrilled to hear that your experience was unforgettable and one of the best things you've ever done. It's wonderful to know that from start to finish, everything was perfect for you - from the fantastic food to the stunningly beautiful surroundings. We're delighted that you enjoyed the Spirit of Travel luncheon and the Laurent Perrier package. We can't wait to welcome you back aboard for another memorable journey! Best regards,
Written 20 March 2024
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David T
Cambridge, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We had one of our best days out ever on September 9th 2023. We boarded the Northern Belle at Norwich. From that moment on we were looked after as if we were Royalty. We were always being served something lovely, be it to eat or to drink. The comfort and luxury of the surroundings was off the chart. We arrived in Scarborough a few hours later to the most beautiful early autumn day.
Three hours later making the return journey we were served the most amazing food and drink. The dinner was superb. And here is where we want to give a special mention to the three lovely ladies looking after us. Katka was sort of the boss, describing to us the delights that were to be served. And Zaina and Ros were the two delightful young ladies doing the serving. You could not pick a nicer or better group if you tried. Absolutely fantastic! And we met Sue, one of the chefs on the platform after we got back to Norwich. We had by coincidence met her at Carnforth when we saw the Northern Belle in May. A lovely lovely lady.
All in all, a truly wonderful day that could not possibly have been any better. And also worth every penny of the price. Stunning!
Written 21 January 2024
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Dear David, Thank you immensely for sharing your wonderful experience aboard the Northern Belle. We're thrilled to hear that your journey with us was one of your best days out ever. It was our pleasure to ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout the trip. Your kind words about Katka, Zaina, Ros, and Sue are truly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back aboard for another fantastic journey soon! Best regards,
Written 20 March 2024
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Jo H
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We were greeted by the most friendly and amazing smile, from the moment we got on board, the staff went above and beyond to ensure our comfort and satisfaction, the welcoming atmosphere and attentive staff made the day very pleasant. The menu offered a delightful array of dishes, each expertly crafted with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Every bite was a culinary delight. My dining experience was truly exceptional. and I can’t wait to return.
The luxurious train, coupled with exceptional service, made our day truly memorable Highly recommended!
Written 22 December 2023
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It's fantastic to hear that you had a delightful experience on the Christmas Lunch trip aboard the Northern Belle, especially since it's your second time with different family members. The train's character, comfort, and festive decorations added to the seasonal ambience seem to have made it a memorable event. The attention to luxury in tableware and settings, along with the excellent food cooked on the train, contributed to the overall positive experience. The well-paced intervals for serving courses, inclusive drinks like wine and port, and the availability of an excellent drinks menu added to the enjoyment. The strolling musicians, magicians, and helpful, friendly, and efficient staff in their liveried uniforms all contributed to creating a thoroughly special and fabulous day out. It sounds like you had a wonderful time enjoying the journey along the Welsh coast. Thank you for sharing your detailed and positive review!
Written 10 January 2024
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Reddy
Liverpool, UK86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is the second time I’ve done the Christmas Lunch trip with different family members. It’s definitely an event. The train is full of character and comfort with festive decorations added to suit the season. The tableware & settings exude luxury & the food is excellent especially considering it’s all cooked on a train. The courses are served at well paced intervals throughout the journey; wine, and port with the cheese course, is included, & there’s also an excellent drinks menu available should you want extra (which we did) enjoying cocktails and liqueurs.
Strolling musicians visit each table twice during the journey adding to the holiday vibe and a magician visits too. Staff are helpful, friendly & efficient & look the part in their liveried uniforms. On this trip from Liverpool we travelled the Welsh coast which gave interesting views as we travelled, chatted, ate & drank & enjoyed a thoroughly special & fabulous day out in utter comfort.
Written 16 December 2023
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It's fantastic to hear that you had a delightful experience on the Christmas Lunch trip aboard the Northern Belle, especially since it's your second time with different family members. The train's character, comfort, and festive decorations added to the seasonal ambiance seem to have made it a memorable event. The attention to luxury in tableware and settings, along with the excellent food cooked on the train, contributed to the overall positive experience. The well-paced intervals for serving courses, inclusive drinks like wine and port, and the availability of an excellent drinks menu added to the enjoyment. The strolling musicians, magician, and the helpful, friendly, and efficient staff in their liveried uniforms all contributed to creating a thoroughly special and fabulous day out. It sounds like you had a wonderful time enjoying the journey along the Welsh coast. Thank you for sharing your detailed and positive review!
Written 10 January 2024
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Julie C
Liverpool6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic this Christmas trip is a must the best experience you can give someone the staf are absolutely lovely the food amazing could not fault this at all
Written 16 December 2023
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I'm thrilled to hear that your Christmas trip on the Northern Belle was absolutely fantastic and deemed a must-experience. It's great that you found the staff to be lovely and the food amazing. Your positive feedback is appreciated, and it sounds like you had a wonderful time on the journey!
Written 10 January 2024
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Joanna C
Liverpool, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Christmas Festive Lunch journey from Liverpool to Holyhead was great. We were in the Glamis carriage and the decor was lovely. The food was delicious and the porn star martini was very good. We were serenaded by songs and there was also a magician going from table to table. A thoroughly enjoyable experience
Written 15 December 2023
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I'm delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable experience during your recent journey on the Northern Belle. It's always wonderful when the carriage's ambiance, food, and drinks meet expectations. The addition of entertainment, such as songs and a magician, likely enhanced the overall experience. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback on Trip Advisor!
Written 10 January 2024
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