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Top railway days out for families

Top railway days out for families

If your children love to ride in steam trains then check out our guide below for a fun day out

1. South Devon Railway 

South Devon Railway offers a great variety of things for children and their families to do. As well as a picturesque heritage railway ride alongside the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes, the railway offers a museum, miniature and model railways and much more. For an even more action packed day, combine your visit with the Rare Breeds Farm and Butterfly and Otter Centres.


2. Didcot Railway Centre

While steam and other trains run on the demonstration line at Didcot Railway Centre, there’s so much more to do there. The centre describes itself as a living museum. Within the site (which on a map looks like a great big smile!) there are engines and carriages on display in sheds, a turntable and picnic areas. Then inside the buildings, there are exhibits focussed on railways and science.

3. Peak Rail 

Peak Rail is one of a cluster of heritage railways to the southeast of the Peak District. The things that make it stand out include the spectacular views towards the Rowsley South in particular; two beautifully maintained manual level crossings and well-kept stations. As the line runs a steam train one way and diesel the other, it also means the kids get to see both in action. Trips on the three-and-a-half mile line take just under an hour.

There’s a small museum at the middle station of three, Darley Dale, shops at each station and catering facilities. It’s more of a half-day out than a full one. Also plan well as there is usually at most five departures per day.

These are our 3 favourites! Let us know in the comment boxes below of any more around the UK that you would recommend.

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