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“Little Treasure! ”

Sherwood Forest Railway
Ranked #1 of 3 Tours in Mansfield
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Sherwood Forest Railway is a real steam railway in miniature with 6 locomotives 12 coaches, signals, level crossings, and tunnel all perfectly recreated in miniature which kids love to experience. To make the day even more memorable we also offer free of charge an adventure play area, under 5,s play area, picnic area and offer drinks and refreshments at very reasonable prices.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spotted the sign for the railway so decided to bring our train mad 3 year old on the last day of our holiday.
The train was just £2 each and our dog went free. Our son loved it and even got to toot the train's whistle! The playground areas were very popular- bouncy castle, ride on cars, slides...
Husband and son both loved the coin operated boat game, making my husband reminisce about his childhood!
A lovely couple of hours were spent here.

Thank Jo k
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

I visited today with my family and 2 dogs. We had such a lovely afternoon, my nephew absolutely loved the train and after the ride asked if he could go again. The man that sold us the tickets and the driver were so friendly and welcoming. The driver let us all get off at the end of the track to look at the engine and explained things to us, he even showed my nephew the fire and the coal that went on to power the engine. Afterwards he enjoyed the play area and all the little cars, we had to tear him away. This is a lovely friendly place and a great way to spend half a day. It's only £2 each to ride the train which is hardly anything. It was also really nice being able to take the 2 dogs with us and they were made very welcome. I can't praise this place and the staff highly enough.

Thank lara4044
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

Just five minutes from Sherwood Pines Forest Park and Centre Parks is this delightful miniature railway. It is actually run by volunteers who have expanded it far beyond it's original function as, in addition to a miniature railway there is a small play park with slides remote controlled boats £1 for 2 minutes), climbing frames and a dedicated under fives play area and little tikes buggy area and, perhaps best of all a really good zip line that's frequently empty. There is a great cafe by the station that serves basic food, snacks and drinks surprisingly cheaply with a small bag of sweets (50p) a cup of tea (£1) and a brilliant hot chocolate with lashings of whipped cream, marshmallows and a whole flake for £1:80, so gorge yourself here before going to the considerably pricier park cafe. The train station is charmingly kitted out as Loxley station and follows a single line down the hill, through a cutting, under a great looking tree house not accessible) over a level crossing and into a second train station. It is not a long route and, with the train changing takes just 10 minutes. However, the carriages are covered and nice and comfortable, and I'm 6 foot 1 and the driver lets the children vent the steam with a whistle and watch him put coal in the engine which is great fun. One may complain about it needing a lick of paint, but this is really a testament to what local volunteers can do. You can spend as little or as much as you like and still use almost all the facilities, train rides are just two pounds each, parking is free, the play park is better than most, the cafe is one of the cheapest I have seen in a long time. I am wondering what these people would accomplish is someone gave them a grant, because i don't know how they keep all this chugging along on so little money. On the down side, it would be nice to see a longer train line, or two separate routes but I don't know how they could pull that off in the surrounding land. You can easily spend 45 minutes -1 hour here, that might not seem like much, but they will be good times. My 6 year old son preferred his time in the play park here to the time he spent at Sherwood Pines Forest Park.

Thank SheffieldDad
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

First visit with the family to this so wasn’t sure what to expect but the positive reviews pulled us in. Train journey costs £2 per person and only lasts about 10 minutes which is a shame but acceptable.
The play park is looking a little rundown and crying out for a lick of paint. No entry fee however and you’ll probably only spend 45mins there as not much to do. Nice little place but nothing special.

Thank SniperY2K
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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

So it doesn't look great, it's a bit run down & shabby...
Not quite as pretty as the website... But it doesn't matter!
It's quaint, it's fun and it's worth a visit.
A lovely gentleman takes you on a steam train and does a talk at the end, explaining everything to the children.
The play park is pretty good! And a little shed shop for hot drinks is charming.
This has so much potential, such lovely people!
Just a bit more funding and it could be really special.
Don't expect much when you visit, but DO visit.

Thank TheCriticalMum O
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