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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
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Meant to spend an hour ended up there all day had a great time

From the steam train experience to old vans appearing in the car park we he'd a fun filled day. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
George S
Enjoyable day - beautiful trains.

Having seen this on Groupon for a while we finally decided to visit with the kids. Best value with... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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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“buffet car” (22 reviews)
“afternoon tea” (25 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the steam train experience to old vans appearing in the car park we he'd a fun filled day. The volunteers are very freindly and knowledgable, this is our second visit and we expected a short stay, nope it was all day, we visited the...More

3  Thank George S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having seen this on Groupon for a while we finally decided to visit with the kids. Best value with a Groupon voucher - around £20 for a family. Lovely, cared for trains which we all loved. Yummy cake, chocolate and drinks on the Pullman carriage....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From beginning to end this was a most engaging relaxing day. The staff were very welcoming enthusiastic and knowledgable which made the trip on the heritage railway all the more interesting. It was wonderful to travel so leisurely through the beautiful countryside in true nostalgic...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic ! What a freindly interested bunch of people work and volunteer on this line - which only opened in 2011. It was only diesel the day we visited but my husband was permitted to sit with the driver (not drive!) and we all had...More

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Diana H, Thank you for submitting such a lovely review of our railway. We are glad you had such a good time. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A special afternoon meeting friends to go on a train drive through beautiful countryside - and ending with a magnificent High Tea in the static Pullman Carriage. Friendly and informative staff.More

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Davidecolyer, Thank you for writing such a positive review about your experience at our railway. We are glad you had such a good time and it would be our pleasure to welcome you back in the near future. With very best wishes, Tom Tait...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just had brilliant (belated) birthday treat, an excellent railway trip in a classic train, followed by an excellent high tea in a Pullman coach. The level of care take by the staff could not be surpassed and the whole afternoon had a wonderful, vintage atmosphere,...More

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear DibbleDibble, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review of our railway. We are glad you had such a good time and it would be our pleasure to welcome you back again. With very best wishes, Tom Tait...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just returned from a delightful trip from Wirksworth - Duffield followed by afternoon tea. Excellent value and outstanding, friendly service. Definitely recommend.More

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear ruthgw, Thank you so much for writing such a positive review of our railway. We are glad you had such a good time and I hope we have the pleasure of your company again in the not too distant future. With very best wishes,...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Not one of your state of art restored railways but an enthusiasts dream. Charming staff always ready to chat The round trip doesn’t take long so a visit here won’t use up a whole day. Cafes serving yummy cakes at each stop

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear DinagGO, Thank you for submitting a review about our railway. We are so glad you had a good time and enjoyed the cakes. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Last time I travelled on this line it was by BR now its private and so well run. The DMU was in terrific condition clean and comfortable the staff were extremely friendly an vey informative, Worth a little extra to go in the incline line...More

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Howard-Liverpool, Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of our railway. We do hope to have the pleasure of your company agin in the not to distant future. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Had a great day visiting this hidden gem heritage line, without seeing it on Groupon wouldn't have known it was even there, and so close to home.will definitely return once new buildings are in place.

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Debbie H, Thank you for taking the time to submit such a positive review of our railway. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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