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Shakespeare Express

Snow Hill Station, Birmingham B19 1AA, England
44-1789-299866
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Ranked #39 of 200 Attractions in Birmingham
Type: Scenic Railroads
Description: Take a fast trip on this nostalgic steam train from Birmingham to its historical and famous neighbor, Stratford-upon-Avon.
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East Anglia, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We had a lovely outing on this train - however £125 for 2.5 hours was expensive. The train really is beautiful and the staff excellent. We enjoyed our Sunday lunch - but the set menu may not be to everyones taste. We were lucky with the sunshine but it felt as though we were there and back within minutes. It... More

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Birmingham UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We heard about the Shakespeare express on tripadvisor and thought as I live in Birmingham I should do it! So myself and my boyfriend got the first train out of snow hill on a Sunday morning in the beautiful sunshine! The service onboard was great and the views were lovely! You could also hear the train as you went! Then... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

From the time you walk onto the platform the sight of the train and smell of diesel takes you a step back back in time. All the staff were polite and told you of anything that maybe of interest along the route the train went. The journey was relaxing, scenic and peaceful. Will be coming on the journey again. Only... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

What an overwhelming site to walk into Snow Hill Station in Birmingham to see this beautiful steam train waiting to take us on a magical ride, but alas there was no trip to Hogwarts today :-) We chose premier class with dining and was not disappointed. As soon as we sat down breakfast was served. First course was croissants and... More

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is an excellent trip on a Steam Train from Birmingham (Snow Hill) to Stratford upon Avon .Run by a great team of knowledgeable enthusiasts the engine and carriages were in excellent condition , authentic to their age .The engine was built in 1929 and some of the carriages were post war and very evocative of times gone by ......especially... More

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Scotland
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Booked this trip to experience traveling on a real steam train after a family visit to Thomasland theme park, though think we were more excited and impressed than our 3 year old. We booked the Shakespeare Express through the very helpful staff at Vintage Trains (www.vintagetrains.co.uk) and took the morning train to Stratford Upon Avon, spent the day there and... More

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Lovely day trip to Stratford, took about an hour. Disappointed that in order to go 1st class you have to have a meal. My friend and i decided to share breakfast between us. It was a good sized 3 course brekkie. Porridge or cereal to start with. I choose porridge - they had soaked the raisins in whiskey yummy! Vegetarian... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

steam train was lovely afternoon tea not very good. TAKE THE TRAIN BUT GIVE THE FOOD A MISS. We were looking forward to this trip but we were very unhappy with the afternoon tea not worth the money we paid for it a pity it just needs more thought putting into it

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BenVT, Director of Sales at Shakespeare Express, responded to this review

The Afternoon Tra was a new offering for the 2012 Season. We have been providing Breakfast, Lunch and High Tea with great success for 14 years. Despite many satisfied customers, we welcome any and all feedback on how we can improve the Afternno Tea for 2013. More

coventry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

The Shakespeare Express (operated by Vintage Trains on behalf of Tyseley Loco Works) is a fantastic experience. The journey (around 1 hour in each direction) takes in some beautiful countryside whilst also allowing the passenger to experience a bygone age of steam travel. Often, the steam locomotive will haul the train at speeds of up to 75mph on the 'fast'... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

An enjoyable trip through South Birmingham suburbia and the Warwickshire country side

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