Synonymous with Shakespeare, whose birthplace incorporates a museum illustrating his life, Stratford is also home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, the River Avon and Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare is buried.
Select Oxford as your destination, and the Blenheim Palace excursion when booking to reserve your place on the coach to and from Blenheim Palace and entry to the palace, which this year will be Alice in Wonderland themed. There will also be a Christmas Market 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.
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
Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives.
The B1's were designed as mixed traffic locomotives capable of hauling express passenger trains as well as freight traffic. As powerful, go anywhere engines, the B1's worked across most of the UK rail network from East Anglia to Scotland.
Mayflower was built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow but was delivered post-nationalisation and acquired the number 61306 by British Railways. She was first allocated to Hull Botanic Gardens Depot followed by a spell at Hull Dairycotes Depot before being finally transferred to Low Moor Depot, Bradford. She was the last B1 in service, her final trip was hauling the 'Yorkshire Pullman' from Leeds in September 1967.
Mayflower was immediately purchased for preservation and was initially based at Steamtown in Carnforth. She was fully restored for mainline operation and worked a number of railtours in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul. Resplendent in the early British Railways apple green livery as she was originally given when delivered in 1948 she returned to full mainline operation in early 2019.
Mayflower has two cylinders, 6 driving wheels, a firebox grate area of 30 square feet and can operate at 75mph.
Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the trips listed, it cannot be guaranteed.
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