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Back to Wales v England – Guinness Six Nations 2021

The Northern Belle Luxury Train
Official Travel Package

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  • 60 / 100
    Hospitality Critic
    Review Score

The Northern Belle Travel Package to see Wales v England in 2021 is a unique hospitality product, departing from London Paddington towards Cardiff Central.

Guests can expect a welcome glass of Champagne on arrival and will indulge in a 3-Course Welsh themed lunch. On the return journey, a wonderful 3-Course English themed dinner awaits, alongside tea and coffee.

Official match tickets are provided and are enviably positioned in either the East or West Stand, in groups.




Rating: Good

Plus

  • Official Match Tickets in Groups
  • Luxurious Travel to & from London
  • Splendid Service

Minus

  • Facility Not Inside Stadium
  • Necessary to Join Queues to Access Stadium
  • Extra Cost for Drinks, other than Glass of Champagne & Wines

Key Points

Location Travel Package on Luxury Train ‘The Northern Belle’
Catering
  • 3-Course Welsh-themed Lunch (Outbound)
  • 3-Course English-themed Dinner (Return)
Admission WRU Official Match Ticket
Drinks
  • Champagne Reception
  • Half-bottle of Wine per Person with Meals
  • Fully Stocked Bar to Purchase Additional Drinks Onboard
Price Guide £699
Price Rating £££

Package Content

Location

Travel Package on Luxury Train ‘The Northern Belle’

Viewing

West or East Stand

Tickets

WRU Official Match Ticket

Private Table/Facility Size

Train Tables of 2 or 4

Reception Catering

Morning Tea & Coffee Outbound

Reception Drink

Champagne Reception & Table Canapés

Bar Inclusions

  • Half-bottle of Wine per Person with Meals
  • Fully Stocked Bar to Purchase Additional Drinks Onboard

Main Meal

3-Course Welsh-themed Lunch (Outbound)

Additional Catering

3-Course English-themed Dinner (Return)

Extra Inclusions

Reserved Seat on the Northern Belle (London/Cardiff Return Trip)

Our in-depth article will tell you everything you need to know.

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The Northern Belle Luxury Train Hospitality Critic Review

Introduction

The Northern Belle is a luxury train evoking the opulence of 1930’s rail travel, it was previously owned by the Orient Express brand. With a capacity of 276 guests, this is a private charter that operates as an official WRU package for the prestigious Wales v England international between London and Cardiff on match-day. It allows guests to travel in comfort, enjoying the splendid hospitality on board, without the hassle of driving or arranging accommodation in Cardiff. Train times are subject to confirmation and the timings are not always ideal.

Location

Train times and the departure station need to be confirmed by Network Rail closer to the event, however, the Northern Belle usually departs London Paddington and arrives at Cardiff Central, which is a 10-minute walk from the Principality Stadium. The each-way journey is a 3½ hour leisurely journey (inter-city train takes 2 hrs), thereby the train invariably provides vistas of the countryside away from the main-line.

Facility/Décor

This luxurious yet intimate train has seven beautifully detailed carriages, each bearing the name of a great British castle or stately home. The individually designed carriages have been lovingly restored.

Private Tables

There are private tables for 2 or 4 guests in each carriage. Six of the carriages have a capacity of 42.

Admission

The majority of match seats included in the Northern Belle Package are situated in the West Lower Stand although some may be allocated in the East Lower Stand. The seats are provided in a block for your group and are located side-on to the action, towards the try line. Please note that the lower tier of the Principality Stadium is quite shallow and does not afford a lofty elevated view. When planning your walk to the stadium, time should be allowed for queues at the turnstiles.

Catering

The catering is always a splendid affair on-board. You will enjoy themed canapés on arrival followed by a 3-course luncheon on the outward journey. During the return journey, after the match, you will be served a 3-course dinner with coffee and Petit Fours. 

 

Sample food on offer

Drinks

A glass of Champagne will greet you as you board on the outward and return journeys. Also included is a half-bottle of wine per person during both meals. All other drinks are at an extra cost.

Service

The service is always exceptional from highly trained uniformed waiters.

Entertainment

There are no rugby speakers or ambassadors included in this package.

Audio-Visual

There are no TV screens on board.

Extras

Match programmes are not included in this package.

Ratings Understand our scoring
60 / 100
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Total 60/100
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Dress Code

Most hospitality options have no strict dress codes, however, smart casual is generally adopted (no trainers), it is advised to dress for the weather.

Getting There

GPS users can get to Principality Stadium using the postcode CF10 1NS. There is little parking at the Stadium, however, there are several NCP car parks nearby, or guests are encouraged to use public transport. The closest train station is Cardiff Central, a short 5-minute walk to the Stadium.

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