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Bill Nighy
Talks Everything
Northern Belle

Cameras focus on a railway journey that weaves in and out of England and Wales aboard the Grand Dame of luxury heritage trains, The Northern Belle. This historic adventure charts the story of two ancient nations from Norman times to the industrial revolution.

Viewers meet the Fron Choir by Cefn Mawr viaduct and swap wheels for water to travel across the Pontcysyllte aqueduct, a huge stream in the sky. Narrated by Hollywood actor Bill Nighy.

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Bill Nighy - Narrator

Marquees of Bute's Gothic Mansion

Cardiff Castle

Follow the footsteps of this TV show to the Welsh Capital of Cardiff. “Croeso i gymru” – a warm Welsh welcome awaits when the train arrives into Cardiff. Enjoy a day at leisure exploring all the sights and attractions of this vibrant portal city.

Step back in time as you discover the many layers of history at Cardiff Castle with over 2000 years of history from the Romans, the Norman keep built by William the Conquerer up to the Marquess of Bute in the Victorian era who converted the castle to incorporate a Gothic Mansion built with his enormous wealth.

Cardiff Castle

Welsh Borders

At Your

Alternatively, you can explore Cardiff at your own leisure.

Visit the Welsh Rugby Stadium at the heart of the city, wander the victorian shopping arcades with unique boutiques and shops or the Capital St Davids Shopping Centre or take a boat trip around the bay or simply soak up the soul of the city in one of its many cafés, bars or museums. This is a wonderful and welcoming place in which to spend the afternoon.

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Cardiff Centre

Dates & Departures

Thursday 7th April | Liverpool, Warrington & Chester

Thursday 28th April | Leeds, Huddersfield & Manchester

Tuesday 10th May | Preston, Manchester & Chester

Wednesday 18th May | Liverpool, Warrington & Crewe

Tuesday 21st June | Sheffield, Chester & Derby

Tuesday 12th July | Leeds, Huddersfield & Manchester

Tuesday 19th July | Doncaster, Sheffield & Chesterfield

Wednesday 20th July | Nottingham, Derby & Stoke

Wednesday 21st September | Preston, Chester & Crewe

Saturday 19th November | Leeds, Huddersfield & Manchester

Trips Include

  • Round-trip travel aboard the Northern Belle luxury train
  • Welcome drink; a sparkling Bellini Cocktail
  • Delicious three-course brunch on the outward journey
  • Morning tea and coffee
  • An option of:
    1. Visit to Cardiff Castle & explore the city
    2. Simply spend time at leisure
  • Champagne reception back on board
  • Five-course dinner: British seasonal table d'hôte menu including Great British cheese board, biscuits and chutneys
  • A bottle of wine per couple
  • Coffee, tea and petit fours


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