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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

379 reviews
About Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After reading so much about the revival of this line it was great to finally get a chance to visit. I was not disappointed! It is obvious a lot of hard work and dedication has been put into this railway and the various ongoing projects....More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank George H
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear George H, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our railway. As you rightly point out, we are busy on a number of projects including the construction and commissioning of the new museum, station shop, booking hall and cafe at...More

Reviewed 19 December 2018 via mobile

Today we took our grandchildren on the Santa special.It was fabulous.We arrived and there was lovely Christmas music along with drinks and mince pies.The journey to the North Pole was lovely with a magician and a visit to Santa with a lovely gift.At the North...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2018

Dear 206janie27, Thank you for submitting such a positive review of our Santa Experience. We are so glad you had such a good time and home you can visit us again next year. Compliments of the Season, Tom Tait Commercial Director

Reviewed 17 December 2018

Very enjoyable. Our party had the ploughmans lunch which was excellent. Very friendly staff and a real trip back in time. My only criticism was that there were not enough signs for the car park.More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank David K
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2018

Dear David K, Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of our railway. It was our pleasure to welcome your party and do hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back next year. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial...More

Reviewed 17 December 2018

What a lovely experience on the ‘Santa’ train for myself, family and grandchildren - arrived to the sounds of Christmas carols being played by a 3 piece music group, was served warm mulled drink for the adults with juice for kids and mince pies...we then...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jane S
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2018

Dear Jane S, Thank you for taking the time to submit such a lovely review of our railway. We are so glad your family had such a great time and I do hope you can visit us again in the near future. With best wishes,...More

Reviewed 16 December 2018

My family and I travelled on the Santa Experience today and I would like to share the highlights but also what could be improved in my opinion. First of all the good points. We were met with lovely warm fruit punch and mince pies and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Wendy M
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2018

Dear Wendy M, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our railway and all the comments/ suggestions it contained. When I first read it, I immediately requested one of our diesel engineers to check that the train heaters were operating correctly....More

Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

I booked a group trip, to include a “light” lunch for an RAF reunion afternoon outing prior to an evening dinner. I could just say excellent, but that would not do justice to this outing. We boarded at Duffield, to be shown to our carriage,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2018

Dear Derek R, It was our pleasure to host your event. We are so pleased the ex servicemen and women enjoyed their visit to our railway and we were proud to serve those who have served their country so well. It will be our pleasure...More

Reviewed 15 October 2018

We went for a ride on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway when we wer ein the area during August 2018. We started at Duffield, wher eht eman and woman in the ticket office were super friendly and seemed excellent ambassadors for the railway. We thought the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2018

Dear Rojblake, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our railway. As you pointed out the site at Wirksworth is receiving significant investment to ensure our visitors can enjoy a high level of amenities during their visit including new toilets, museum,...More

Reviewed 2 October 2018

The railway is obviously the result of hard work and dedication of many people, but it run through some nice but not exceptional countryside. We ride in an electric rail car which (again) was a pleasant experience, but not exceptional. Perhaps we have been spoilt...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dave A
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

Dear Dave A, Thank you for submitting a review of our railway. Vistas are there to behold and are subjective in nature. At this time of year the colours of the Ecclesbourne Valley can change daily and are a joy to behold but accept they...More

Reviewed 2 October 2018

Good to be on a working train journey linking up with the main line.Interesting to see how they cope with gates ,walkers and trees on line.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

Dear glutenlady, Thank you for submitting a review of our railway. We are glad you had such a good time and look forward to welcoming you back soon. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

Reviewed 2 October 2018

Hubby and I were looking forward to our visit however I was left very disappointed. I thought it overpriced.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kingdeb
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

Dear kingdeb, Thank you for submitting a short review of our railway. Our fares are in line with comparable attractions/ heritage railways. Please do keep an eye out on our webpage for special offer tickets which give fantastic savings. Regards, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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