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Conwy Castle & Bodnant Gardens

Saturday 20th July 2024

Hull, York, Leeds

£495
Per passenger

Your Journey

Relax in your elegant surroundings and gaze out the picture window, watching the passing scenery unfold and contemplating the gastronomic journey ahead. Within minutes, one of our liveried Stewards will carefully pour you a sparkling Mimosa cocktail as you study celebrated Head Chef Matthew Green’s sumptuous menu.

Ahead lies a journey back to the Golden Days of rail travel, a time when nothing was too good for the pampered passengers. Our Executive Head Chef and his team will already be hard at work in the kitchen carriage preparing a sumptuous three-course brunch and six-course dinner, accompanied by our Sommelier’s choice of wine. Each course boasts the finest seasonal ingredients from the British Isles, classic and innovative dishes are crafted in our recently refurbished kitchen carriage.

En route to Conwy Castle, a delicious three-course brunch is served as the glorious British countryside passes by. On arrival, follow the platform guides as they accompany you to our private transfer which will escort you to the castle. Spend the afternoon learning the history of the castle with a guided tour and then take time to explore on your own.

After an incredible day, we rejoin the Northern Belle for a Champagne reception, before tucking into a sumptuous six-course dinner during the leisurely journey home.

CONWY CASTLE

Conwy Castle, located in North Wales, was built by Edward I between 1283 and 1287 as part of his conquest of Wales. A key element in creating the walled town of Conwy, its defences cost a substantial £15,000 for the time. Throughout history, the castle played roles in various wars, surviving sieges and serving as a haven. During the English Civil War, it was held by Royalist forces until surrendering to Parliament in 1646. Partially slighted to prevent further revolt, it was fully ruined in 1665. Despite its dilapidation, Conwy Castle became a popular destination for artists in the 18th and 19th centuries. Recognized by UNESCO as one of the finest examples of military architecture, it is a World Heritage Site. Managed by Cadw in the 21st century, the castle features a rectangular design with Inner and Outer Wards, eight towers, two barbicans, and notable medieval royal chambers. With its unique features, including early stone machicolations, Conwy Castle stands as a well-preserved testament to late 13th and early 14th-century military architecture in Europe.

BODNANT GARDENS

Established in 1874 and later entrusted to the National Trust in 1949, Bodnant Garden spans 80 acres, showcasing formal Italianate terraces, diverse shrub borders, The Dell Gorge garden, woodlands, and a waterfall. Since 2012, new sections like the Winter Garden and Old Park Meadow have been added, with more planned. The garden, designated Grade I on the Cadw/ICOMOS Register, attracted 260,000 visitors in 2019. Notable for the UK's longest Laburnum arch blooming in May and June, it also honours plant hunters from the early 1900s, hosting National Collections of Magnolia, Embothrium, Eucryphia, and Rhododendron Forrestii.

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Saturday 20th July 2024

Departing from

Hull, York, Leeds

  • Hull Station

  • York

  • Leeds Station

  • Destination
  • LLandudno Junction Station

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Saturday, 20th July 2024
Conwy Castle & Bodnant Gardens

Experience the historical grandeur of Conwy Castle, an impressive fortification in North Wales, built by Edward I in the 13th century. Pair it with a visit to Bodnant Gardens, an 80-acre garden in Conwy County Borough, celebrated for its diverse plant collections, picturesque landscapes, and connection to early 20th-century plant hunters.

Round-trip travel on the Northern Belle luxury train

Welcome sparkling Mimosa cocktail

Delicious three-course brunch on the outward journey

Afternoon at Conwy Castle and Bodnant Gardens, including coach transfers and admission

Champagne reception back on board including canapés and Caviar blinis

Sumptuous six-course dinner: British seasonal table d’hôte menu including: Award-winning Great British cheese board with Port to accompany, delicious dessert and a selection of petits fours

Sommelier’s choice - Bottle of wine per couple

Fortnum & Mason tea and Northern Belle blend coffee

£495 per passenger

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Laurent-Perrier Class

In addition to our Conwy Castle & Bodnant Gardens journey why not upgrade your on-board experience to include the following:

Champagne reception upgraded with Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésime Vintage 2012

Bottle of wine upgraded from our Northern Belle Collection per couple

Bottle of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut NV per couple

Additional £95per passenger

Single travellers will receive half bottles of these derivatives.

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Experience another class
KRUG Class

In partnership with KRUG champagne we introduce another class of travel.

In addition to our Conwy Castle & Bodnant Gardens journey why not upgrade your on-board experience to include the following:

  • Bottle of KRUG Grand Cuvée Champagne per couple

  • Bottle of wine upgraded from our Northern Belle Collection per couple

  • Seating allocated in Duart formerly a carriage on The Royal Train or Glamis named after Her Majesty’s childhood home

  • A memorable gift on departure

Additional  £195per passenger - very limited availability

Single travellers will receive half bottles of these derivatives.

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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.

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 £75 per passenger. When booking online if private tables of two are available you can select your preference, but you can select a shared table without a supplement subject to availability.

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 14 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.

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.

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.

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  • Bookings of two attract a surcharge of £75 per passenger for a private table for two
  • All timings shown on this website are for your guidance only—a confirmed schedule will be supplied with your travel documents
  • The Northern Belle is hauled by a heritage diesel locomotive unless advertised as a 'steam special'
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Our Best Available rate is subject to availability at time of booking, it is not applicable for parties of 12 or more. Please contact [email protected] for group pricing.