Britain's poshest train will return to Norwich this week, taking passengers on a luxury ride to visit a Derbyshire stately home.

Passengers will board the 1930s Pullman-style Northern Belle at Norwich Station on Thursday.

While travelling on the train, which once made up part of the Orient Express, people can tuck into a three-course brunch during the journey to Derbyshire and a gourmet six-course dinner on the way home in the evening.

Eastern Daily Press: The trip will take passengers to visit a Derbyshire stately homeThe trip will take passengers to visit a Derbyshire stately home (Image: Sonya Duncan)

The experience, which ranges in cost from £250 to £700, will also offer passengers the chance to visit either Chatsworth House or the neighbouring Hardwick Hall.

Out of the 210 people who will be attending the sell-out trip, 166 chose Chatsworth House and only 46 opted for Hardwick Hall.

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A Northern Belle spokesman said: “Both Chatsworth and Hardwick are wonderful buildings so we are rather surprised at how easily Chatsworth won the battle of the Derbyshire stately homes.

“While it is certainly the better known of the two, Hardwick is a stunning Elizabethan masterpiece and the formidable Bess of Hardwick was quite a character.

“She got through four husbands and every time seemed to become richer until she ended up one of the most powerful women in the whole country.

“Hardwick was also famous as the first training base for the Parachute Regiment during the Second World War.”

Eastern Daily Press: The train was once part of The Orient ExpressThe train was once part of The Orient Express (Image: Sonya Duncan)

But the spokesman admitted that Chatsworth had one big advantage over its rival with the Northern Belle passengers - the train’s individually decorated carriages carry the name Chatsworth and boast the marquetry motif of the stately home.

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The Northern Belle has been voted one of the world’s greatest trains and actor Bill Nighy described it as “the Grand Dame of luxury travel” when it featured on Channel Five’s The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journey programme.

It will be back in Norwich in September for a Champagne lunch or afternoon tea trip followed by an excursion to York and Scarborough.

There will also be a slap-up Christmas Lunch trip in December.

For more details and to book visit the Northern Belle website.