Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
We've had many amazing weddings here at Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway, each with their own personal touch. Each wedding we hold is tailored individually to the Bride and Groom's preferences- we'll do all we can to make your day as special as possible.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Our no.1 tip when planning weddings is to make the planning stage as fun as possible! Planning your wedding should be as fun as the day itself!
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
Our favourite personal touch at a wedding was when the bride and groom wanted to include their dog on their special day, so they did! The dog watched them take their vows, enjoyed afternoon tea on the train with them and even got in the photos on the platform!
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Unique, Historic, Beautiful, Countryside, Romantic
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
We have many perfect spots to capture your perfect wedding photo. You can have your photo taken with the amazing steam trains we have on site here. We also have many beautiful carriages- including Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Carriage. Our station platform is also a beautiful place when the camera can capture your special moments.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
Elizabeth Mary Deignan (Armitstead) who is an English professional world champion track and road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI Women's WorldTeam Trek–Segafredo gave us the honour of letting us play a part in her special day.
What’s your favourite canapé?
Potato cakes with smoked salmon & cream cheese
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Hot chocolate and donuts!
What is your venue's most unique feature?
We have the pleasure of housing Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Saloon which was built for the London and South Western Railway’s Royal Train in 1885 it was altered to become Queen Victoria’s personal coach in her Golden Jubilee year, 1887. She used it to travel from Waterloo to Gosport from where she journied on the Royal Yacht to the Isle of Wight to Osborne House. Several European heads of state used the coach when making a state visit to Britain.
Following Queen Victoria’s death in 1901 it continued in Royal use for several years before being converted to a family saloon and eventually being sold as a body by the Southern Railway in 1930. From then until the 1980’s it was a home for a gamekeeper before being moved to various sites for preservation.
Restored by Stately Trains at Embsay in 2017 it is being used on special trains to give passengers a taste of 19th century Royal travel.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
We have developed our business massively over the last few years- introducing Dales Dining to our services which gives customers the chance to fine dine whilst riding on a steam train through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. We have fish and chips special, curry express, afternoon tea and many more! We're proud too have this amazing station on our doorstep and continue to try and keep this piece of history alive for other generations to come and enjoy!