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Please find below general information to help you plan your journey.

Can I Purchase a Gift Voucher?

Our VIP gift voucher makes a wonderful present and something to really look forward to. Just a simple click on a keyboard and this extra special gift is on its way, beautifully packaged, personalised, presented and delivered to any address, or the same day via email.

The voucher can be purchased to any value, and can be redeemed on any journey.

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Where Does The Train Travel To?

Northern Belle travels year-round to a wide variety of destinations. These include scenic countryside and coastal lunch excursions looping back to the original departure point. Along with full day trips to Castles, Stately homes, Gardens, Seaside resorts, Historic Cities & special sporting excursions such as Ascot and Cheltenham.

Where Does The Train Travel From?

Departure stations include London Victoria, Manchester, Leeds, Crewe, Liverpool and many more throughout the UK.

Is The Northern Belle Steam Hauled?

Northern Belle operates over 100 excursions a year with a variety of locomotives. Most of our excursions are with heritage diesel locomotives but on special dates we will use heritage steam engines. These are denoted as Steam Specials. Conditions apply.

How Much Are Tickets?

Northern Belle has a variety of price points depending on the excursion type. Some have more food and beverage elements along with off train visit costs that reflect in the price differentials.

Can you guarantee a table for two?

Northern Belle has limited tables for two. We are happy to take a request, however this is not a guarantee and there is a chance that you may be sharing a table of four with another couple. Subject to availability you may guarantee a table for two by paying a supplement of £90. When booking online if private tables of two are available it will offer them automatically, but you can select a shared table without a supplement subject to availability.

What Are The Seating Arrangements?

All of the Northern Belle carriages are luxurious First Class style carriages. Each row of seats is a table for two (when available carry a supplement charge) and on the other side of the aisle a table for four. The tables of four can be as a shared table, with a booking on either side of the table.

Can I Book A Different Day/open Return?

All tickets purchased for the Northern Belle trips are not available to book as an open return. We do sometimes offer a trip with overnight stays in hotels, but all other trips are a return journey and singles are not available.

Can I Purchase A Ticket On The Day?

Unfortunately we do not offer this facility. All tickets must be purchased in advance in order to make your day extra special.

Can I Bring A Dog On The Train?

We do not allow any pets to be brought onboard The Northern Belle train. The only exception to this is guide dogs, but this is only available by prior arrangement. Most Northern Belle trips are very long journeys and therefore not suitable for pets.

When will we receive our confirmed itinerary and travel documents?

Your travel documents and itinerary will be sent to you by email once we have received confirmed timings from Network Rail (approximately 5 to 7 days prior to departure).

Can we travel overnight?

Northern Belle is a luxury vintage restaurant train and it is not possible to travel overnight on board. Occasionally we do offer weekend breaks using the train to travel to the destination where hotels will be provided. Please ask the Travel centre for further details.

Are all our meals and drinks included?

While you are on board your meals and drinks, as described in the itinerary, are included. A selected range of alternative alcoholic drinks are also available for purchase.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements such as Vegetarian / Vegan?

Yes. If notified at the time of booking, we will do our best to comply with any dietary requirements. These include Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Pescetarian and the exclusion of certain ingredients such as nuts, onions and dairy. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide meals requiring strict religious observance in preparation. Please order at least 10 days prior to travel to ensure we can order the supplies to the train whilst on tour. Please note that due to the small preparation areas on the train we cannot guarantee cross contamination within the kitchen and if you have severe allergic reactions then please call the reservations team to discuss. When you book on line you will find a section to list your passenger’s dietary needs and other comments.

Can people with disabilities travel on the train?

We are able to accommodate passengers with slight walking difficulties. However, we recommend they are accompanied by a carer. We regret that our carriages cannot be boarded on wheelchair. Staff are able to assist passengers to their seats and folding wheelchairs can be stored during the journey.

Some journeys are not suitable for people with disabilities. Should you have any special requirements please contact your nearest reservations office.

Can children travel on board?

Journeys combine fine food and wine with spectacular scenery in a grand historical setting. Therefore most trips will provide a memorable experience for all ages. We have a superb selection of journeys tailored specifically for families, who will be seated in a designated area of the train.

What do I need to wear on board?

Dress code varies according to the journey. For specific information on your journey please locate it on our Journey Search and refer to the what to wear section. Please note that we ask travellers not to wear jeans or trainers.

Can I smoke on board?

Northern Belle operates a no smoking policy on board.

Will I need travel insurance?

Northern Belle recommends that you purchase adequate travel insurance for your trip, including cover for loss of deposits and/or other costs that you might incur if you cancel your reservation. Northern Belle cannot be held responsible for any loss of this kind. Details are contained within the booking conditions.

Can I get a group discount?

Yes. The minimum number of passengers required to qualify for a group discount is 12. Northern Belle can also be chartered. Further details are available in the Groups section of this site.

Can I get married on board the train?

No, we do not hold a wedding license. It is possible for a blessing to take place on board after the formal marriage by special arrangement.

Is the Northern Belle a historical train?

Yes. To find out more information please visit Northern Belle.

Can I buy souvenirs or presents on board?

Yes. Smaller items can be purchased on board, while larger gifts can be ordered through our catalogue.