Making tracks: Trips to remember with Northern Belle

Words by
Charlotte McManus
Photography by
Courtesy of Belmond

With British staycations on the rise, enjoy a scenic train journey across the UK with a luxurious trip on the Northern Belle, from luxury travel brand Belmond

With warmer weather finally on the horizon, now is the perfect time to plan a short spring trip across the picturesque British Isles. Do away with preconceptions of cramped cars, soggy sandwiches and gridlocked motorways - when it comes to undertaking an excursion in the best possible taste, look no further than the old-world charm of the railways.


Renowned worldwide for their luxurious travel experiences, Belmond offers a range of Great British days out on its Northern Belle train, speeding its passengers to interesting UK-based destinations in the ultimate comfort.

Designed to recreate the opulence of 1930s train travel, the Northern Belle consists of seven sumptuously-appointed carriages, each named after an iconic British castle or stately home. Hop on board at a choice of stations across the nation - from Manchester to Liverpool - and enjoy views of the green English countryside rolling by.

Scenic journeys include a trip to the walled city of Chester, complete with a guided tour around the gothic cathedral, the pretty town of Harrogate in Yorkshire, with its famous tea rooms and healing waters, as well as the historic architecture of Bath, with its well-preserved Roman structures.

Complementing each Northern Belle train journey is unparalleled hospitality, typically taking the form of a lavish three-to-five-course meal whilst on board, along with by a sparkling Bellini cocktail upon embarking, champagne reception following each excursion, tea, coffee and plus fours.

For more details on the Belmond Northern Belle, visit