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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
+44 1629 823076
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Birthday Treat

Superb day. We'd pre-booked online and saved a few pounds. Atmosphere at Duffield station (with... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
fsfsdksmdm
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Relaxing train ride

Came with hubby and parents. Broke the day up and was pleasant to sit and chat on train looking out... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tracy S
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Tamworth, England, 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” (21 reviews)
“main line” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
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+44 1629 823076
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Superb day. We'd pre-booked online and saved a few pounds. Atmosphere at Duffield station (with plenty of free parking) was friendly. Clean toilets. In the small shop run by volunteers, we had a coffee (which was acceptable) while reading the information boards. Sadly, postcard range...More

Thank fsfsdksmdm
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came with hubby and parents. Broke the day up and was pleasant to sit and chat on train looking out at the pleasant scenery had a coffee in a cafe carriage before train ride from wirksworth to Duffield. Cost £50 for 4 of us so...More

Thank Tracy S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having a holiday in Derbyshire not far from Wirksworth my wife an I decided to visit this railway on a weekend when the steam engines were running. It was a lovely day with a trip down the line to Duffield. The volunteer staff were very...More

Thank Alwyn H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was looking for Duffield Castle and spotted this. That weekend they had a 3F Jinty pulling the train on a 9 mile trip then back. Friendly people and a lovely time was had. A further bonus was a saddle tank engine pushing a guard's van...More

Thank Anthony W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant afternoon spent on superbly restored coaches pulled by an old steam locomotive. The trip started with sausage rolls and a nice cup of tea served from the restaurant car located ion the side of the platform. The trip to Duffield takes approximately 35 minutes...More

Thank Gelldorr
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a perfect half day out if you live in the Derbyshire area. Must check the weather because this train ride is best enjoyed on a beautiful warm summer day when you can sit back and enjoy the stunning countryside which it passes through....More

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

Dear Aswatha N, Thank you so much for taking the time to submit such a lovely review of our railway and rating us a five star attraction. We are so glad you had such a good time and it would be a pleasure to welcome...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017

We were driving through derbyshire and followed the signs , although closed still had the opportunity to take a few photos of rolling stock and Dmu's and some good shots from the bridge as well as the car park Village is worth looking at Wirksworth...More

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

Dear Robert W, Thanks for your review. Its a pity we were closed but I hope you will be able to visit us again and enjoy a trip along the scenic Ecclesbourne Valley. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

Reviewed 7 July 2017

I wanted to visit this railway as it was a bit of an unknown having arrived relatively late on the preserved railway scene. We travelled on a special event day so there was a lot more going on than would normally be the caseb -...More

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

Dear R Parsoni, Thank you for your review. As you rightly point out we have an ongoing programme of improvements in operation and our next project is the erection of a new station building at Wirksworth Station which will include a new buffet, toilets, shop...More

Reviewed 1 July 2017

I booked this as part of a surprise birthday present for my husband. We arrived early and had tea and toasted teacakes in the railway carriage parked in Wirksworth Station. All the people who work here are volunteers and boy do they make you feel...More

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

Dear Pam B, Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of our railway. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back in the near future. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

Reviewed 29 June 2017

Took the train from Wirksworth (nice buffet). A pleasant train ride to Duffield with the nostalgic (but obviously air-polluting) smell of bellowing smoke. £12 return quite pricey but we need to support conservation projects. However, windows were filthy inside and out. A bit of volunteers'...More

1  Thank cleethorpeshotlatte
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Dear 'cleethorpshotlatte', Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of our railway. We are glad you had a pleasant journey. I'm afraid heritage engines do make quite a lot of smoke but others would argue that it adds to nostalgic experience. Thank...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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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
20 May 2016|
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Response from oldyellow2014 | Reviewed this property |
As mentioned all information will be on the website
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