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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
+44 1629 823076
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Great facility

Great facility very nice to travel in a 1950’s train lots a character with great views of the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
GeoffNorfolk
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Norfolk
Great day out

I visited this railway and found it to be a place with very friendly staff, very good food and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Squadron257
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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With its headquarters in the fine old Peak District market town of Wirksworth, the Ecclesboume Valley line, at nine miles, is Derbyshire's longest heritage railway. The line runs through some of the most pleasant scenery in the White Peak, from its joint station with the main line at Duffield to its northern terminus at Ravenstor, close to the High Peak Trail and the National Stone Centre. The line provides services mainly operated by heritage diesel railcars, with four trains a day on summer weekends and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the high summer. The timetable is designed to connect with East Midlands Trains' services to and from Derby and Nottingham. Visitors may wish to take advantage of a 'zigzag choo choo' all Day Rover Ticket issued by the railway and Trent Barton providing an excellent opportunity for discount travel through the beautiful derbyshire countryside by bus and rail. Steam hauled services are also operated at peak periods, please call us to check what is running. If you would prefer to see the line from the Driver's cab or realise a childhood dream by taking the controls of one of our heritage steam or diesel locomotives then you can book that day to remember direct on our website. We offer a range of experiences to suit any occasion and budget.
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“afternoon tea” (24 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
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+44 1629 823076
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great facility very nice to travel in a 1950’s train lots a character with great views of the surrounding countryside. The volunteers are very helpful and knowledgeable about the trains.

Thank GeoffNorfolk
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear GeoffNorfolk, Thank you for writing such a nice review about our railway. We are glad you had such a good time and we look forward to welcoming you back. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this railway and found it to be a place with very friendly staff, very good food and well worth visiting again. A lot of hard work has gone into this attraction and there is a lot more to do, but with help from...More

Thank Squadron257
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Squadron257, Thank you so much for your positive review of our railway. Our volunteers are the backbone of our organisation and it would wonderful if you could join our ranks. You will be made very welcome. Again, many thanks for taking the time to...More

Reviewed 31 October 2017

Very nice heritage railway near Derby. We got a good deal on tickets, £15 for two adult day-rider tickets through Groupon. We went in October which is pretty quiet, no steam trains running only a single carriage diesel railcar, which is probably why they had...More

Thank Richard G
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Dear Richard G, Thank you for submitting such a comprehensive review of our railway. We are glad you had such a good time and we hope you can visit us again in the near future. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

Reviewed 29 October 2017

Found the place very boring and unexciting as nothing happening - where were the trains??? Pullman Buffet Car prices are far too high. We purchased bacon cobs which turned out to be a dry round cob with 2 bits of bacon inside (no butter) which...More

Thank AngieB298
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

What a lot of nonsense. It is important for anyone who has read your 'review' to note that 100% of your reviews on tripadvisor to date, are all negative, one star rated, destructive reviews on the establishments you have visited. What is also interesting is...More

Reviewed 26 October 2017

Deliberately visited this railway on a railcar operating day as I used to work on these fine machines. Was not dissapointed! It was great to see 51073 has been restored as this is an old "friend" having worked on it and later in my career...More

Thank Ian B
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2017

Dear Ian B, Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of our railway and a special thanks for the work you did to ensure class 119 51073 was not scrapped. The DMU Group won the 'Railcar of the Year' award...More

Reviewed 9 October 2017

What a wonderful and delightful way to travel between Duffield and Wirksworth on the EVR and take in the wonderful Derbyshire scenery, loved every minute of it.

Thank johnhp702
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Dear 'Johnhp702', Thank you for rating us a five star experience and your kind comments contained in your review. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back soon. With Very Best Wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

Reviewed 8 October 2017

Wirksworth is a really lovely little town with quaint independent shops and cafes. The Eccelsbourne railway is an absolute delight and is well worth a visit and a train ride. A great location surrounded by natural beauty.

Thank Paulride
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Dear Paulride, Thank you most sincerely for submitting such a positive review of our railway. We are glad you enjoyed our wonderful vistas and it would be our pleasure to welcome you back again. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

Reviewed 7 October 2017

My husband and I held our a Silver Wedding Anniversary celebration at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, we had a ride on the diesel train, then on the steam train followed by a service on the platform then afternoon tea in the Pullman 1st class carriage,...More

1  Thank Sheila M
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Dear Sheila M, Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of your time spent with us. Many congratulations on your Silver Wedding Anniversary and thank you for choosing to celebrate it with us. It was our pleasure to look after...More

Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

My wife bought me the "Bronze driving day" on this heritage railway line as part of my 30th wedding anniversary present. In all there were 4 participants and each had their wife with them. The day started with a brief introduction and then we started...More

1  Thank YorkshireMarkD
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Dear 'YorkshireMarkD', Thank you so much for your comprehensive and positive review of your locomotive driving experience. It was our pleasure to host your day and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

Reviewed 16 September 2017

I asked if I could look around the yard at Wirksworth as it was full of interesting locos & rolling stock, I was told I needed a safety jacket which I didn't have, so they very kindly lent me one to wear. I then bought...More

Thank Martin W
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Dear Martin W, Thank you for submitting such a positive review of our railway and rating us a 5 star attraction. As I have said previously, our volunteers try to go that 'extra mile' to ensure our visitors have a memorable experience with us and...More

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roadtripswc
6 July 2017|
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Response from Tom_Tait | Property representative |
Hello and thanks for contacting us. At the weekends you could take a steam train ride up our 1:27 incline. The trip takes about 15 minutes in total. Hope this information helps. Best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director
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Angela G
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Response from Barbara P | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are normally allowed but best to check their website or ring and ask. They're most obliging.
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Sneha S
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Response from oldyellow2014 | Reviewed this property |
As mentioned all information will be on the website
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