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The East Lancashire Railway

Bolton Street Station Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0EY, England
+44 333 320 2830
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5 Star Experience - 3 Star Food

We booked the Dining with Distinction excursion as night out for two couples. It is a steam-hauled... read more

Reviewed yesterday
David V
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Something different

This was our second visit and we will definitely return. Just something different and excellent... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Tracey J
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Located in Bury, just 30 minutes from Manchester City Centre, is the award-winning East Lancashire Railway. A heritage railway that runs steam and diesel train services through the beautiful Pennine Lancashire scenery. There are plenty of things to see and do and stations are well equipped for group visits with cafes, pubs, gift shops and a dedicated Transport Museum, housing vintage vehicles, transport memorabilia and interactive exhibits. Guided tours and talks are also available. The railway also has some fantastic events scheduled throughout the year from guided Rail Ale Trail tours of some of the excellent local drinking spots to the nostalgia of their award winning 1940's weekend. Looking for something a little different? Why not indulge in a luxury steam train hauled dining experience on board Orient Express style carriages, learn to drive a train or get snap happy with a Photography Course?
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Bolton Street Station Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0EY, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We booked the Dining with Distinction excursion as night out for two couples. It is a steam-hauled trip with a black tie dining extravaganza. We had read amazing reviews and indeed the event was a memorable experience with the City of Wells steam locomotive taking...More

Thank David V
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was our second visit and we will definitely return. Just something different and excellent food and service.

Thank Tracey J
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had a great day Sci Fi. Concessions £15 and we went from Bury to Rawtenstall and back where we saw the owls. Dark vaders and Daleks. Steam trains great. Good cafes and shops and bought activity books for grandsons. Included Bury transport museum.

Thank John W
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We spent a lovely day on the railway after getting a cheap family ticket. I also purchased a treasure trail on the internet which made the trip even more interesting. We caught the first steam train of the day from bury travelling all the way...More

Thank Alison C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a gem this railway is. Wind through the countryside and hop on and off as you please exploring some lovely little villages

Thank Ian L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tips: Park at Heywood- its free! However there are no facilities. everything boarded up for some reason in high summer! But don't be put off! The trains both Diesel and steam are pleasant. The volunteers who work the line are passionate and very informative. If...More

Thank lhm25
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What fun to make a trip to Rawtenstall from Bury with a steam train! And then back either with a diesel train or another steam train. Get out at any station to stretch your legs. Wonderful day out.

Thank DvdPoll
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently went on the East Lancashire Railway’s murder mystery night. We had an excellent time, it was a really great night, with a delicious 3 course set menu and great wine list, the service was attentive and second to none. We rode on the...More

Thank Niel C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelled from Rotherham, meeting a friend in Sheffield, caught the Manchester Piccadillytrain & then the Metro to Bury, where we joined the ELR at Bolton St station, where we caught the 1.00 pm trip to Rawtenstall, We weren't sure that it would be under steam...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First visit, what a wonderful event on a wonderful railway. The actors really engaged well with everyone and helped immerse us into the wizarding world. The railway staff were also very helpful and friendly and we had a lovely few hours here. We even visited...More

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Garry H
2 August 2018|
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Response from Martin M | Property representative |
Hi Gary , a Full line return ticket is called a Freedom of the Line ticket this allows you to hop on and hop off and all the stops. This is priced at £15.50 for Adults. Please check before you travel as prices change if... More
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22 May 2018|
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Response from bazonian2015 | Reviewed this property |
There is some access to Bury Bolton street from around the side of platform 3 where the pub is. As far as I am aware Ramsbottom is wheelchair accessible on 1 side, I think both Rawtenstall is accessible on both sides... More
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