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.
Dining passengers boarding and alighting at Oxford will be served a two course meal on the return journey.
Fares for this tour start from £79 in Premium Standard, £175 in Premier Dining and £225 in Pullman Style Dining.
Home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture that boasts over 300 years of history to discover. This World Heritage Site is set within more than 2000 acres of Parkland landscaped by 'Capability' Brown. The Formal Gardens surround the Palace and include the majestic Water Terraces, the Duke's Private Italian Garden, the tranquil Secret Garden with all of its hidden treasures, the new Churchill Memorial Garden and the beautifully delicate Rose Garden. You will have around 3.5 hours at Blenheim Palace, then some time in Oxford prior to re-joining the train
Bicester Village is the ultimate luxury shopping destination. Home to more than 160 boutiques of leading designer brands, each offering savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price all year round, you'll find everything from chic restaurants to creative pop-ups and art exhibitions.
This excursion includes the coach journey from Oxford to Bicester Village and a free VIP card to save an extra 10%! You will have around 3 hours to explore at your leisure, then some time in Oxford prior to re-joining the train.
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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