This historic cathedral city stands on the banks of the River Severn and the magnificent Cathedral, dating back to the 11th century, is the burial place of infamous King John and offers unequalled views of the Malvern Hills and Cotswolds from its tower.
Choose Blenheim Palace as your destination when booking to reserve your place on the coach to and from Blenheim Palace and entry to the palace, which this year will be Cinderella themed. This year at Blenheim there will also be a Christmas Market with 60 to 70 wooden chalets in the Great Court with a variety of hand-picked irresistible gifts, unique works by a range of designers and tempting treats.
Illuminated Christmas Trail - Details and availability of this additional optional excursion, a woodland walk around the illuminated grounds, can be found in the optional extras section when booking or by calling the Booking Office.
CHELTENHAM CHRISTMAS MARKET
Now in its 16th year, 2018 offers an excellent opportunity for those with an eye for quality to experience one of the best Christmas Markets in the United Kingdom. Visitors from around the UK will continue to be attracted by a variety of products from hand crafted jewellery, seasonal arts & crafts and hand paintings, to the more unusual gifts and collectables. Passengers will be transferred by road coach from Evesham on the outward journey.
Pullman Style Dining and Premier Dining passengers travelling to Blenheim will be served a two course meal on the return journey.
Fares for this tour start from £109 in Premium Standard, £159 for First Class, £209 for Premier Dining and £269 for Pullman Style Dining.
To see a description of the classes of travel, click here
Black Fives were known as ?do-anything and go-anywhere? locomotives
The first class 5 locomotive was built for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway in 1934 to the design of Sir William Stanier. The new locomotives when built left the railway works in the standard mixed traffic black livery which soon earned them the nickname "Black Fives" for which they are still affectionately referred to today. The locomotives were capable of handling both express passenger and freight trains and were spread far and wide across the UK railway system. By the time the last Black Five was built in 1951, the class numbered 842 locomotives; one of the most numerous classes of British steam locomotives ever built.
Today, 18 Black Fives survived into preservation with several examples still working on the mainline railway today.
Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the steam hauled sections of the trip listed, it cannot be guaranteed and may be substituted for a different engine.