The Cathedrals Express steam train will start from Andover for a special St George’s Day trip to Oxford, Warwick and Stratford-Upon-Avon.
On Wednesday 23rd April, The Cathedrals Express is making a special St George’s Day trip to Oxford, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon and following a last minute decision will now start and finish in Andover for the very first time.
The train which is scheduled to be hauled by West Country class locomotive, 34046 Braunton, will leave Andover at 07:30hrs and make its way through beautiful undulating countryside, arriving at its first destination of Oxford at 11.30hrs, where passengers may like to stay for a long afternoon.
Alternatively, they could choose to stay on the train to visit either Warwick or the historic market town of Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Steam Dreams Chairman, Marcus Robertson, said: “We were originally due to start and finish in Salisbury, but following the fantastic response when we last visited Andover in March, we have decided to make this last minute change to allow locals to join us for this special trip. “
“The route we take is very unusual and we don’t believe a train has ever gone direct from Andover to Stratford-upon-Avon before, so it promises to be a great day out.”
He added; “It seems very fitting that as we celebrate St George’s Day we are heading for Shakespeare’s Birthplace on the 450th anniversary of his birth. With two other fantastic destinations for passengers to choose from, this is one of our most popular day trips of the season.”
In Oxford there will be several hours to enjoy this picturesque city, with its stunning architecture and many independent shops, art galleries and museums. For passengers visiting the ancient County town of Warwick, a tour of the world famous castle with its Capability Brown landscaped gardens is highly recommended.
There will also be plenty of time to explore the rest of this charming town, well known for its fascinating antique shops. Those opting for a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon will be in for a real treat as the town prepares to mark 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. HolyTrinityChurch, Nash’s House and New Place are just a few of the many attractions which celebrate the life of the world’s greatest playwright.
As always on The Cathedrals Express passengers have the opportunity to travel in four classes. These range from Premium Standard at £99 where they are seated at tables for four, with white tablecloths and complimentary tea and coffee at their seats, right up to Pullman Style Dining at £239 per person. Passengers in Pullman Style will enjoy a two course champagne breakfast or brunch on the outward journey and a five course dinner on the return. .
For this memorable journey The Cathedrals Express will also be picking up passengers along the route at Salisbury, Westbury, Trowbridge, Melksham, Chippenham and Swindon before heading to Oxford, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Anyone interested in travelling on The Cathedrals Express should call the booking office on 01483 209888 or visit www.cathedralsexpress.co.uk.