Departing From

  • Leicester,
  • Melton Mowbray,
  • Oakham,
  • Stamford,
  • Peterborough,
  • Huntingdon,
  • St Neots,
  • Hitchin,
  • Stevenage

This is a fabulous train offering a circular tour through South East England with features including the journey through the picturesque Garden of England and around the beautiful Kent coast with the beautiful white cliffs towering above the train – the highlight of the day being an afternoon break for sightseeing in historic Canterbury.

Our outward journey takes us through the London suburbs and into the open countryside of the pretty Garden of England which is rich with Oast Houses and Hop Fields. After passing Ashford we soon arrive at historic Canterbury, a UNESCO heritage site brimming with thousands of years of history. Today, the city famous for its traditional narrow streets and ancient buildings, including the cathedral, which provided the backdrop to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

After a couple of hours for exploration the Statesman train embarks on its scenic return journey, heading towards Minster and taking the junction for Dover and the Cinque Ports. The climb of Martin Mill Bank affords good views of Dover castle and port before our route plunges under Shakespeare’s Cliff and emerge along the famous White Cliffs. Passengers will enjoy spectacular coastal views across the English Channel as we head back towards Folkestone, picking up the outward route and homeward through the London suburbs.

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TRAVEL TIMINGS*

STATION DEPARTS RETURNS
Leicester 05.30 22.05
Melton Mowbray 06.00 21.45
Oakham 06.20 21.25
Stamford 06.40 21.00
Peterborough 06.55 20.45
Huntingdon 07.10 20.30
St Neots 07.20 20.20
Hitchin 07.50 19.50
Stevenage 08.00 19.40

PLEASE NOTE *
All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change.

Classes of Travel

Standard Class - £85 *

Reserved seating is arranged around a table of 4 with bookings for 2 seated side by side and single bookings normally allocated an aisle seat – a buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, snacks and alcoholic drinks.

First Class - £142 *

Reserved seating is arranged at tables of 4 or 2 with additional legroom, wide seats and panoramic windows. Complimentary tea/coffee, biscuits and light refreshments are included, and a buffet bar is available for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, snacks, and alcoholic drinks.

Pullman Dining - £295 *

This is the ultimate travel experience – seating is in our refurbished Pullman style umber & cream wood panelled carriages offering additional legroom, wide seats and panoramic windows with seating at tables of 4 or 2 laid with crisp linen and fully dressed with fine crockery 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 four 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 will be concluded with a service of coffee and homemade petits fours as you arrive back at your home station relaxed and refreshed.

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English Riviera Statesman

Pullman Class travel started the moment the train stopped at Kidderminster for us to board with a red carpet greeting from the staff. We were guided to our seats and from then on we wanted for nothing. The comprehensive menu was only surpassed by the unbelievable quality of service from the staff, no request was too much for them. We travelled in luxury and were fed beyond belief all the way to Torquay arriving half an hour early. After approximately five hours of sampling the delights of the resort we were met at the station for the return journey with a punctuality rivalling Japanese Railways, oh and the red carpet both off and back on in Torquay.
The return journey was luxury and food for every mile. Dinner started in the West Country and finish in the West Midlands, a magnificent banquet with wonderful service throughout. A journey that you wished would never end, but it had to and yes with a red carpet.
An experience that will never be forgotten and also won't be the last for us with Statesman.

What a truly wonderful day – Dave (Halesowen)

July 27, 2019

Lord of the Isles Statesman

It is the best way to see thecountry. The Pullman carriages are superb, the staff are amazing, nothing is too much trouble and the food is super. We were lucky with the weather so were able to enjoy the whole experience, we had a marvellous time.

A Wonderful Experience – A Houghton

October 21, 2019

Lord of the Isles Statesman

I do like travelling by train anyway, whether it be in the UK, in Europe or in North America, but this Pullman Class 3-day trip to northern Scotland was simply delightful. My wife and I shared a table for 4 with two others, people who were strangers to us as we were to them, and it was certainly a huge piece of luck that we all got on very well indeed together. But even if we had not had such good conversation, that would not have affected the quality of the rest of the experience provided. The total presentation was lovely, starting from the welcome on board, with a beautifully laid table and Buck's Fizz (I was not the only one to say that simple champagne would be fine -- which was immediately provided). Service was immaculate and friendly throughout the 3-day trip. Food was really excellent, and the 7-course lunch on the return trip on Sunday was wonderful. That might sound like a lot, but when spread out gently over 3 hours, it was just a delicious series. The Inverness hotel was one I would be happy to return to, and our 2 nights' stay there was flawless. The intermediate day trip to Eilean Donan castle was the fulfilment of a long-standing wish, and I'm looking forward to a reprise to the Lake District and a 4* hotel.

Such a Charming Experience – Stephen H

October 21, 2019
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