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Christmas shopping trains to Manchester and Chester

Press Release   •   Nov 07, 2011 23:00 GMT

Christmas shoppers living in London and the South East will have the opportunity to purchase their gifts elsewhere this year as Virgin Trains prepares to run three special trains to the North West shopping centres of Chester and Manchester.

On Thursday 1 December a yuletide charter will leave London Euston at 08:14 arriving in Chester at 11:22 where customers will be serenaded by a choir on the platform to get everyone in the festive spirit. 

Return from Chester is at 17:23 allowing everyone plenty of time to purchase that special gift that may only be available in the historic city. 

Of course if shopping is not the only reason to travel then there are many famous sites to be visited including the Roman walls which are still virtually complete or the beautiful cathedral that dates back one thousand years to Norman times. Everyone will get a Chester trail map with prizes to be won if correctly stamped by featured retailers and also there will be lunch price reductions at some of the best city restaurants. 

Special trains will run from Euston to Manchester on Saturdays 3 and 17 December leaving London at 0853 and returning from the North West at 19:59. Manchester has a fantastic range of stores many of them housed in the famous Arndale, the UK’s largest inner-city retail centre. Shopping, however, can be combined with a visit to the fascinating Museum of Science and Industry housed in a former railway station or if pictures are you thing then the Manchester Art Gallery is just a short stroll from Piccadilly station.

All three trains will also serve Watford Junction and Milton Keynes. 

Cost of these excursions is just £99.00 each and that will include a breakfast box on the outward journey and a delicious snack pack on the return. 

For that little bit of extra luxury why not go First Class for £199.00 return. Not only is there much more leg room but included in the fare is a champagne breakfast and high tea on the return journey.

The first 100 customers to book on any of these excursions will receive a 20% discount on the fare so either visit virgin.trainscharters@hrgworldwide.com or call 0161 227 4628 now.

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