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About the Orient-Express Northern Belle...

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Introduction...

Immaculate carriages, superb food and service and scenery to take your breath away are just some of the delights waiting for you on board the Northern Belle.

Your steward will show you to your reserved seat in one of six carriages. As a reflection of the affluent ‘Belle’ trains of the 1930’s, each Northern Belle carriage bears the name of a significant stately home and is furnished with commissioned designs, fabrics and marquetry.

The Northern Belle can carry up to 252 passengers. Each carriage seats 42 and contains tables of two and four, with plenty of room for guests to move around and enjoy the train’s sociable atmosphere.

Dining...

The Northern Belle prides itself on superb cuisine and all food is freshly prepared on board by a team of expert chefs. A selection of fine wines is readily available and liveried stewards will be on hand to answer your every need.  If you have any special dietary requirements please notify us at the time of booking.

  • Example table layout of a Northern Belle carriage
    Service
    Our staff will be happy to assist you throughout your journey on board the Northern Belle.

    Northern Belle Steward: Your steward on the Northern Belle train will serve your meals and any other drinks or refreshments you may require.

    Train Manager: The Train Manager will be on hand throughout the journey. He is there to help should you have any queries while on board. If you should wish to speak to him, please tell your steward who will contact him on your behalf.

    Head Chef: The Head Chef is responsible for creating menus and supervising all work within the train kitchens.
  • Frequently asked questions...

    The Train
    Is this the original Orient-Express?
    Is the train ever pulled by a steam engine?
    Can I buy souvenirs or presents on board the train?

    Travel
    When and where does the Northern Belle travel?
    Can you travel overnight on the Northern Belle?
    How much does a trip on the Northern Belle cost?
    Are all my meals and drinks included?
    Can you cater for special meal requirements such as vegetarian?
    Can children travel on the Northern Belle?
    Are disabled people able to travel on the Orient-Express?
    What do I need to wear on board the Northern Belle?
    Can I smoke on board the Northern Belle?
    Will I need to tip the staff?

    Travel Arrangements
    Can you arrange my accommodation if I want to stay in a hotel overnight before my journey?
    Can I get a group discount?
    Can I get married on board the Northern Belle?


    Is this the original Orient-Express?
    No. The Northern Belle carriages have been newly refurbished by the Orient-Express to Orient-Express standards. Specially commissioned, the carriages are appointed to the highest quality. The food and service on board the Northern Belle is of the same standard one would expect to find from the company which also operates the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express which runs principally between London and Venice.

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    Is the train ever pulled by a steam engine?
    On selected dates during the year the Northern Belle carriages are hauled by a steam locomotive.  These occasions are highlighted in the Journey Planner section on this web-site. On other dates the train will be hauled by a diesel or electric locomotive.

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    Can I buy souvenirs or presents on board the train?
    Yes. The Collection Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has a range of exclusively designed gifts. This includes such items as silk scarves and ties, exclusive luggage, jewellery, leather belts and trinket boxes. Smaller items can be purchased on board while larger gifts can be ordered through our mail order catalogue.

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    When and where does the Northern Belle travel?

    The Northern Belle travels all year round to a variety of towns and places of interest - such as stately homes, castles, cities and sporting events.  Most of the journeys are day excursions which can be joined in a variety of points throughout the Midlands, North of England and Scotland. A selection of short breaks are also available from London and other Regional cities onboard the British Pullman

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    Can you travel overnight on the Northern Belle?
    No.  The Northern Belle consists of dining cars and does not have any sleeping compartments.  Our short breaks combine a journey on the Northern Belle with one or two nights in a hotel before returning on board the Northern Belle.


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    How much does a trip on the Northern Belle cost?
    Prices for all day excursions are shown in the
    day trips list page section of this web-site.

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    Are all my meals and drinks included?
    While you are on board the Northern Belle your meals are included.  In addition a glass of Bucks Fizz is served with brunch and a glass of champagne and half a bottle of wine is included with lunch, dinner and supper.

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    Can you cater for special meal requirements such as vegetarian?
    Yes. As long as we are notified at the time of booking, of any special dietary requirements, we will do our best to comply. We do however regret that we are unable to provide meals requiring strict religious observance in the preparation.  Please advise any special requirements on the booking form.



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    Can children travel on the Northern Belle?
    Northern Belle excursions are planned to maximise the enjoyment of the scenery while fine food, champagne and wine are served at your table. This relaxed atmosphere is not best suited for children.

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    Are disabled people able to travel on the Orient-Express?
    We are able to accommodate passengers with slight walking difficulties although we recommend that they are accompanied by an able-bodied passenger. We regret that our carriages cannot be boarded in wheelchairs.  Our staff are, however, available to assist any passengers to their seats and folding wheelchairs can be stored during the journey.  Some excursions, for example Edinburgh Military Tattoo, are not suited for disabled travellers.   Should you have any special requirements please contact your nearest Orient-Express office.

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    What do I need to wear on board the Northern Belle?
    Smart casual wear (not jeans or trainers) is the order of the day, such as a jacket and tie for men. For Royal Ascot, and our dinner excursions, more formal wear is customary.  For outdoor events such as golf, practical wear is recommended.

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    Can I smoke on board the Northern Belle?
    With apologies to smokers, the Northern Belle operates a no smoking policy in its dining cars.

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    Will I need to tip the staff?
    Gratuities are at the passengers' discretion.

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    Can you arrange my accommodation if I want to stay in a hotel overnight before my journey?
    Yes.  There can be no better way to make a trip extra special than by combining a day excursion on the Northern Belle with a couple of nights at a top hotel.  We will be pleased to make all the necessary arrangements for you.  Please advise your requirements on the Booking Form or call us.

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    Can I get a group discount?
    Yes. The Northern Belle is ideal for celebrating a private occasion or entertaining clients on a corporate event. The minimum number required to qualify for a group discount is 12.  The Northern Belle can also be chartered for bigger occasions.  Please contact us for further details.

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    Can I get married on board the Northern Belle?
    Unfortunately it isn't possible to hold an actual formal ceremony on board. There are two main reasons why Orient-Express cannot be granted a licence to hold weddings on board, one is because the train travels through several parishes and would in effect require a licence for each one. More importantly, any wedding ceremony needs to be accessible to the general public in case someone has reason to object to the marriage. This clearly would not be the case on a moving train. 

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