The Cathedral Express

The Cathedral Express

Please Note: This trip is hauled by vintage diesel

Carnforth to Canterbury
Departs – Wednesday 12 December 2018

From Carnforth, Lancaster, Preston, Wigan, Warrington, Crewe & Stafford.

Our vintage diesel hauled festive special to Canterbury is sure to be one of the highlights of our 2018 season. One would also struggle to find a more evocative destination to visit during the festive period that the spiritual home of the Church of England and one time capital of the nation.

Our arrival into Canterbury, a city immortalised by Geoffrey Chaucer and Thomas Becket, is expected to be at approximately 12:58 allowing a break of around three hours to enjoy a stroll around the medieval centre, perhaps taking in a warming mulled wine and a visit to the Festive shops and market.


PREMIER DINING CLASS: Includes an at seat silver service of full English Breakfast in the morning and a four course meal on the return journey all freshly prepared by our skilled chefs on board the train.

FIRST CLASS: First Class passengers will be served a selection of Tulip Muffins, freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the outward journey and a savoury refreshment box followed by cake of the day and freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the return journey.

CHILDREN UNDER 5 can be brought on the train free of charge only if not taking up a seat and sharing seats with accompanying adults.

REFRESHMENTS: A buffet counter service of snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages is available to all our Standard and First Class passengers throughout the day. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!

First Class and Premier Dining passengers can book a private table for a supplement of £20.00 per person.

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The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Final Timings Outward Return
Carnforth 05.41 23.51
Lancaster 05.52 23.38
Preston 06.35 23.16
Wigan North Western 06.55 22.37
Warrington Bank Quay 07.08 22.21
Crewe 07.50 21.53
Stafford 08.22 21.24
Canterbury West 13.01 15.52