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The Platinum Jubilee

Bank Holiday Thursday 2 June 2022

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old. An extended bank holiday on Thursday 2nd June provides an opportunity to celebrate this historic milestone with a visit to ancient and characterful Ely, with the option of a visit to the Sandringham Estate.

We have requested that the ‘Royal’ diesel locomotives Queen’s Messenger 67005 and Royal Sovereign 67006 are assigned to haul the train as we travel to north-west Norfolk, a relatively short journey which gives us ample opportunity to take our time and soak in the East Anglian countryside. Our train reverses at Peterborough before arrival at Ely where you will have around four and a half hours to explore. Alternatively, remain on the train as we reverse again and head North toward Sandringham.


Nestling under the big skies of the Fen countryside, in the shadow of its magnificent cathedral, Ely offers a wealth of attractions and things to do. As the second smallest city in England, it is compact enough to explore on foot, but large enough to fill a full day.

The first port of call for any visitor to Ely today will almost certainly be the Cathedral. This imposing structure towers across the fens for miles around. Dominating the skyline, it is one of England’s most beautiful and largest Cathedrals. Known locally as the ‘Ship of the Fens’ it is famous for its unique Octagon tower, which when lit can be seen for tens of miles. The Cathedral is also home to the only national museum dedicated to Stained Glass. If it’s history you’re interested in then Ely Museum, housed in the city’s old gaol, is an excellent place to start.

Ely’s most famous historical resident was of course Oliver Cromwell.  The Cromwell family lived in Ely for some 10 years and today you can visit their former house which has been recreated to demonstrate what 17th Century domestic life would have been like along with an exhibition on the civil war.  It also doubles as the Tourist Information Centre.

OFF TRAIN OPTION: The Sandringham Estate

The much-loved country home of Her Majesty The Queen, Sandringham has been the home of four generations of British monarch. Nestled in the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, there is evidence of a residence on the present site of the House from as early as 1296.

In 1862 the estate was bought for Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, so that he had a home away from London to enjoy the benefits of country living. The old house was soon demolished, and the main House was completed in 1870; a ballroom was added in 1881 and further guest accommodation added in the 1890s. The gardens were first opened to the public in 1908 by King Edward VII and the Museum opened in 1930. In 1977 Queen Elizabeth II opened the House itself to the public as part of the celebration of her Silver Jubilee.

In addition to a tour of the house, our visit also includes access to the 600-acre Royal Park, the House Gardens and St Mary Magdalene Church. There are options should you wish to eat or drink with both the Sandringham Restaurant and the Terrace Café open to the public, as well as the Sandringham Shop.

Please note that access to the House is managed to avoid crowding. All passengers will be assigned a time slot for their House tour, but you are of course free to explore the Gardens, Park and other attractions at your leisure.

Coaches will meet the train at Watlington for the ten-mile transfer to Sandringham, where you will have around four hours to explore this magnificent venue before transfer to Downham Market where you rejoin the train.

First Class Dining includes the Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner. The supplement for Sandringham includes coach transfers and entry to the estate.

Standard Adult£109Good
Standard Junior£99Good
First Class Non Dining£149Good
First Class Dining£239Good
First Class Dining Party of Four£936Good
Off Train Option - The Sandringham Estate£32Good

All timings are provisional and are intended only as a guide.

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