Luxury train to arrive in Ipswich next month - here's what it will be offering

Immerse yourself in luxury with a trip on the Northern Belle. 

The Northern Belle is set to arrive in Ipswich in style next month - Credit: Northern Belle

One of the most luxurious trains in the world will be visiting Ipswich next month, offering people the chance to be pampered on a trip around the region or to one of Britain's great stately homes.

The Northern Belle will be stopping in Ipswich for two special trips in June, having previously visited the region. 

On June 14 the train will be taking passengers on a tour of East Anglia where they can enjoy a seven-course lunch or a luxurious afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones, while being entertained by strolling musicians and a conjuror.

The next day the locomotive will return to Suffolk to take visitors on a day out to Derbyshire where they could visit either two of the country's most prestigious stately homes Chatsworth House or Hardwick Hall.

Tableware on board the Northern Belle

Luxury is the watchword on the Northern Belle. - Credit: NORTHERN BELLE

Whether they choose to follow in the footsteps of Mr Darcy at Chatsworth or venture to Malfoy Manor (Hardwick) all visitors will receive a glass of champagne when they board. 

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After that passengers will tuck into a three-course brunch on their journey up to Derbyshire.

The Northern Belle features 1930s-style Pullman carriages. 

The Northern Belle features 1930s-style Pullman carriages. - Credit: Northern Belle

Then in the evening following another champagne reception they will be served a slap-up five-course dinner with wine on the way home.

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The train is made up of luxurious coaches originally created for the British leg of the Orient Express pulled by a veteran diesel locomotive similar to those which operated on East Anglian passenger trains until electrification in the 1980s.

Train manager Paul Heathcote onboard the festive Northern Belle train, which departed from Norwich Station on Wednesday...

Train manager Paul Heathcote onboard the festive Northern Belle train which arrived in the region last year - Credit: Archant

The trips cost between £210 per person for afternoon tea to £370 for the all-day trip to Derbyshire.

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