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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.
A beautiful 240-acre garden, operated by the Royal Horticultural Society, is one of Britain’s best.
Adult price: £18
Best for ages 18+
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 including or relevant to this experience
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One of Britain’s most beautiful and historic cities, graced by heartstopping architecture and home to the world’s second-oldest university.
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