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Full steam ahead: All aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian

Ideal for the culture vulture, the Belmond Grand Hibernian is Ireland’s only luxury sleeper train and comes with a curated art collection.
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Art consultant Katie Kennedy Perez, a Belfast native, is responsible for introducing the artwork to the Belmond Grand Hibernian.

It’s a collection she sourced from well-known and upcoming artists alike and she chose them based on their unique views of Ireland. The creations cover the culture found across Ireland on the whole, with both the Republic and Northern Ireland featured.

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Any art-loving clients you’re buying gifts for will likely be impressed with the assembly of works, with Kennedy Perez harnessing a decade of experience to get the gallery put together.

The Belmond Grand Hibernian collection comprises photos, oil paintings and water colours, all of which are set to complement the interior design of the train.

“It was important that the artworks have a strong sense of place, tell an interesting story and offer the guest an elevated understanding of the destination,” she explained.

“I was delighted to be able to source artists from the rich pool of Irish talent that exists and showcase Ireland’s contemporary culture in such a unique way.”

Beyond art, Belmond claims the Belmond Grand Hibernian marks “a new era in luxury rail travel”, while it’s the first luxury sleeper train to travel across Ireland.

Marking a new era in luxury rail travel, Belmond Grand Hibernian is the first luxury sleeper train to travel throughout the Island of Ireland.

The trip comes in packages of two, four and six-night journeys, with the latter covering some 2,217 kilometres.

Destinations include Dublin, Cork, the Jameson’s Distillery, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Belfast and more.

Meanwhile, guests can line their stomachs with Irish-inspired food including seafood chowder, roast Killarney venison, Donegal turf smoked salmon, crab cannon and more.

For a two-night journey with two guests sharing a twin or double cabin, prices start from €3,160 per person – for  bookings you can visit Belmond.com/grandhibernian.

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