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The Shakespeare Express

Stratford-upon-Avon Railway Station | Station Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PL, England
44-121-708-4960
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Type: Scenic Railroads
Description: England's fastest regular steam train, runs between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon via the scenic North Warwickshire line.
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This season of Shakespeare Express runs have just started, every Sunday now till 7th September ... this year we introduced our grand-daughter to the experience on her first birthday. What a great day out, leaving Stratford-upon-Avon around 12.30 and arriving in Birmingham Snow Hill at 13.40, then, after a short stop to move the engine to the other end of... More

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

It is rare to be able to travel by steam for any decent amount of time these days so the Shakespeare Express gives a glimpse into what it is like to travel in an older carriage (1950s I believe) propelled by a steam locomotive. That said, in someways there is not too much difference to taking the normal train except,... More

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Dunstable, England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Fantastic day out for me best friends birthday treat. We like to make an annual run out the mainline with steam trains each year, but due to other commitments we weren't able to do a long distance on this year so decided to try the Shakespeare Express. Well! Fine food in in 50's coaches pulled by a magnificent ex Great... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

It was my son's birthday and he has always been a fan of steam trains so for a treat we took the family out for the day on the Shakespeare Express. The trip was excellent with the staff on the train were knowledgable and happy to answer questions. The only drawback was the seats are not suited for people over... More

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We got on at Tyseley Station. The car park was a five minute walk (up hill) from the station. When getting to the station we had a large flight of stairs to get down. Once at Stratford upon Avon we then had to climb a multitude of steps/bridge to get out of the station. Our party included a child in... More

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BenVT, Manager at The Shakespeare Express, responded to this review

I am sorry that you had problems with the Network Rail station facilities at Tyseley and Stratford-upon-Avon. Although we offer free parking at our Tyseley Depot, we do recommend that anyone who has any difficulty negotiating steep stairs or has push-chairs does not use the Tyseley station. Both Birmingham Moor Street and Snow Hill stations are a lot more accessible.... More

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

My partner and I travelled from Birmingham to Stratford and back on a marvellous steam train - I had completely forgotten the feel of its rythm. We had chosen breakfast for the outward journey and high tea return. The staff could not have been more attentive and efficient, and the quality of the food was outstanding - plentiful and freshly... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

I booked steam train ride from Stratford to Birmingham and back for my fiance who really enjoyed vintage trains, cars, buses.... It cost me £55 per person to go premiere with sunday lunch. Premiere class itself it's nothing special. Food was ok but the portions were really, really small. If you are planning to go I would recommend to just... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

To celebrate my fathers 70th birthday the family of 10 took the midday train from Stratford-Upon-Avon to Birmingham Snow Hill and return, taking Sunday lunch on the way in premier dining. All staff, which we understood many were volunteers, were most helpful and could not fault the attention and service we received. Lunch was not rushed and was to a... More

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

We purchased a family ticket, to take our children on a lovely steam train Staff were very very helpful, polite, informative humorous and cheerful The carriage was lovely and clean Highly reccomended for a delightful afternoon out

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king's Lynn, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We booked on-line for the Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham Snow Hill and back trip, which was excellent value for money for a family ticket in standard class. The engine was spruced up to look immaculate after her trip to Wales and back the previous day. The coaching stock was very well maintained and they even cleaned the windows between trips! For... More

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