Departing From

  • Poole,
  • Bournemouth,
  • Brockenhurst,
  • Southampton Central,
  • Eastleigh,
  • Winchester,
  • Micheldever,
  • Basingstoke,
  • Reading

This is a train with a real ‘wow’ factor offering a circular steam tour over the same route as the legendary ‘Golden Arrow’ boat train.  Features include the journey through the picturesque Garden of England and around the beautiful Kent coast with the impressive white cliffs towering above the train – the highlight of the day being an afternoon break for sightseeing in historic Canterbury.

After making our way through the London suburbs we continue into open countryside and through the pretty Garden of England, rich with an abundance of Oast Houses and Hop Fields. Passing Ashford, we soon arrive at historic Canterbury for an afternoon break of about three hours in this city of narrow streets and ancient buildings, the incomparable cathedral, setting for so many dramatic events stand at its heart.

 

Travelling through the beautiful Kent countryside the engine works hard to haul the train over the stiff gradients along the coastal line through Dover and Folkestone with dramatic white cliffs and spectacular views across the English Channel. Continuing along the high-speed route through Tonbridge recreating the former ‘Golden Arrow’ from the glory days of rail travel.

The train is steam hauled from West London by one of our immaculately restored pool of engines including: the world-famous West Country Class, No. 34046 ‘Braunton’ or Britannia Pacific Class, No 70000 ‘Britannia’.

CONFIRMED TRAVEL TIMINGS

STATION DEPARTS RETURNS
Poole 05.50 23.55
Bournemouth 06.05 23.45
Brockenhurst 06.30 23.25
Southampton Central 06.50 23.05
Eastleigh 07.05 22.50
Winchester 07.15 22.40
Micheldever 07.45 22.05
Basingstoke 08.15 21.45
Reading 08.50 21.20

Destination Timings

STATION ARRIVES DEPARTS
Canterbury West 13.35 15.55

Classes of Travel

Pullman Dining
From £395

Seating at a guaranteed window table for two is available at a supplement of £50 per person.

Bookings for parties of three passengers are accommodated at an ‘exclusive table for three’ with the fourth seat being unoccupied for your added privacy. A total supplement of £195 is applicable for this seating type.

Seating is in our beautifully restored wood panelled vintage carriages at tables of 4 or 2 laid with crisp linen and fully dressed in fine crockery, fresh flowers, and glassware. The day starts as you settle into your seat with a glass of chilled bucks’ fizz, followed by a full English breakfast and late morning tea/coffee service with pastries prior to the arrival at our destination. Following an afternoon sightseeing break, you will be welcomed aboard by your attentive liveried steward and offered a refreshing glass of chilled champagne and selection of canapes as you relax in anticipation of the gastronomic journey ahead. A sumptuous five course seasonal dinner, created by our Executive Chef, will be served including the Great British cheese board, biscuits, and chutneys – all accompanied by our Sommelier’s choice of a half-bottle of wine per person. The memorable journey concludes with a service of coffee and homemade petits fours.

 

First Class (non-dining)
From £195

Seating at a guaranteed window table for two is available at a supplement of £50 per person.

Bookings for parties of three passengers are accommodated at an ‘exclusive table for three’ with the fourth seat being unoccupied for your added privacy. A total supplement of £100 is applicable for this seating type.

Seating is at tables of 4 or 2 with additional legroom, wide seats, and panoramic windows. Includes complimentary tea/coffee and light snacks, accompanied with a morning glass of Bucks Fizz and afternoon glass of sparkling wine. There is a buffet bar available for the purchase of light refreshments and you may bring on board your own picnic hamper and drinks for consumption during the journey.

 

Standard Class (non-dining)
From £165

Seating is around a table of four with bookings for two persons seated side by side with one window and one aisle seat, whilst bookings for one person are normally allocated an aisle seat. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee throughout your journey as well as additional items that may be purchased from our buffet bar offering a choice of refreshments, light snack items, wines, beers, and spirits.