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The Merchant of Norfolk

Saturday 28 August 2021

A summertime trip from Kings Cross to Norwich sounds appealing enough, but add to that our favourite locomotive, the magnificent Merchant Navy Pacific 35028 ‘Clan Line’, and we have a perfect Main Line Steam tour on our hands!  This will be Clan Line’s first visit to Norwich, and only her second departure from King’s Cross.

Our route takes us via Cambridge and then north to Ely before turning east to Norwich, where we expect to arrive around lunchtime for a break of around four hours.

Norwich boasts award-winning shopping, lively streets, historic monuments and a gateway to the iconic Broads and is regularly voted as one of the top 10 places to live in England.

You may choose to visit Norwich’s magnificent Cathedral, one of the finest complete Romanesque cathedrals in Europe. With the second tallest spire and largest monastic cloisters in England, it houses more than a thousand beautiful medieval roof boss sculptures.

Also a popular attraction is one of the city’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle. Built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago, the castle is now a museum and art gallery and home to some outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history (entry fee applies).


Upon our arrival at Norwich coaches will be waiting for the short transfer to Broads Tours  in Wroxham. Here we will join our well appointed cruise vessel, The Vintage Broadsman. Launched back in 1988, this somewhat bizarre looking boat has a sun deck as well as indoor saloons, along with refreshment facilities and toilets.

An informative commentary will ensure that you miss nothing on our three-hour cruise. You will learn much about the fragile balance of nature in this unique corner of England and the vast array of birds and other wildlife to be seen.

Upon our return to Wroxham coaches will be waiting to take us back to Norwich where we will rejoin our train for the journey home.

Following our afternoon spent exploring Norwich or enjoying Wroxham and the Broads our return route will retrace that of our outward.

Please be aware that for your safety and that of all staff and crew, this railtour will operate in line with government guidelines as they stand at the time of running. This could include, among other measures, the wearing of face coverings at all times (while not eating or drinking) when on board the train, at stations, on road coaches and at off train locations where applicable. Full details of required covid-safe measures will be provided with your tickets approximately two weeks before the trip runs.

There will be three classes of accommodation, First Class Dining, First Class Non-Dining and Standard Class. First Class Dining includes The Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner.

Class PriceAvailability
First Class Dining£249Fully Booked
First Class Dining Party of Four£976Fully Booked
First Class Non Dining£179Limited
Standard Adult£119Good
Standard Junior£109Good
Norfolk Broads Cruise£18Fully Booked

Timings are provisional and should only be used as a guide.

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