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British Pullman

Last updated: 20 February, 2024

Steeped in the glamour of rail travel’s golden age, the vintage British Pullman train harks back to the roaring 1920s, with wood-panelled lounge cars, retro upholstery and liveried waiters serving Champagne and canapés.

Sister train to the Orient Express, the Pullman operates a variety of themed tours, visiting famous British cities and attractions (Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Highclere Castle, Sissinghurst, Chatsworth House & more) – a great way to tick off two bucket list experiences at once. Or you can simply go on a tour of the countryside while enjoying a Champagne afternoon tea.

Who to go with: tour operators

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Blenheim Palace

  • Woodstock, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (UK)

  • Bucket List Experience

The palace from above with a lake on the side

Experience

One of Britain’s greatest country houses, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim boasts 300 years of history in a spectacular setting.

Adult price 32

Good for age: 13+

Chatsworth House

  • Bakewell, Derbyshire, United Kingdom (UK)

  • Bucket List Experience

Chatsworth House

Experience

One of England’s most imposing stately homes, 17th century Chatsworth House is a treasure trove of art and antiques. It’s surrounded by beautifully-landscaped gardens, including a playground and farmyard for kids.

Adult price 29

Good for age: 8+

Highclere Castle

  • Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom (UK)

  • Bucket List Experience

Landscape view of Highclere Castle on a sunny blue sky day

Experience

A magnificent 17th-century country house, made famous as the setting for the TV series Downton Abbey.

Adult price 24

Good for age: 18+

Duration: 3 hours

RHS Wisley

  • Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom (UK)

View of gardens at RHS WIsley

Experience

A beautiful 240-acre garden, operated by the Royal Horticultural Society, is one of Britain’s best.

Adult price 18

Good for age: 18+

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Cooking class at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

  • Great Milton, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (UK)

  • Bucket List Experience

Group of people crowded around an over in the cooking school kitchen

Experience

One of the UK’s premier culinary experiences – a unique opportunity to cook in Raymond Blanc’s world-famous kitchen, in a glorious English manor house setting.

Adult price 205

Min age 13

Good for age: 18+

Duration: Half - full day

When: Most days, all year

Freq: daily

Logistics

Price from: £350
Minimum age: 18
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: 4+ hours

Getting there & doing it

All journeys – including all the circular day trips – depart from London Victoria. For a slightly higher fee, you can be pulled by steam locomotive (look out for the ‘Golden Age of Travel by Steam’ experience on the website).

Journeys are listed on the website for online booking; there are limited departures, so you need to book weeks, if not months, ahead. Dress smartly for the occasion – no jeans or trainers are permitted; this experience isn’t recommended for children.

When to do it

Different themed trips and destinations are available at selected dates throughout the year – see the website for listings and dates.

Destination guides

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Destination guides including or relevant to this experience

London

  • Greater London, United Kingdom (UK)

view of houses of parliament at night

Destination guide

World-class culture, fashion, music, food and history – and a mind-boggling array of bucket list experiences – packed into one extraordinary, incomparable destination. 

Bath

  • Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)

Iron signs for the Roman Baths of Bath England in front of the Abbey

Destination guide

A lovely west country city of world-class Georgian architecture, ancient and modern spas, and an atmosphere of romance and refinement.

Bristol

  • United Kingdom (UK)

Side view of the Clifton Suspension bridge spanning river and green valley

Destination guide

Bristol is the beating heart of the UK’s South West, with an offbeat focus on culture and the arts plus interactive history, a cutting-edge independent food scene and street eats all on offer.

Oxford

  • Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (UK)

External view of the beautiful round building, in golden stone, with domed roof

Destination guide

One of Britain’s most beautiful and historic cities, graced by heartstopping architecture and home to the world’s second-oldest university.

Round-ups

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Bullet train speeding in front of Mount Fuji

Inspiration

Be it jaw-dropping scenery, a rich historical significance, the tradition and atmosphere of the train itself – or a combination of all three – here’s our round-up of the world’s best.