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Great Central Railway - Nottingham

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Beyond interesting!

There is something for all ages here. Well anyone over 4 years old to 101! Boys, girls, men and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hastings, United Kingdom
Looking forward to the day when it reconnects with the GCR Loughborough.

On a summer Sunday it was easy to get here by city bus almost to the gate (better signposting... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
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Formerly known as Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre, The Great Central Railway - Nottingham offers almost 10 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire, Miniature...more
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Mere Way, Ruddington NG11 6JS, England
+44 115 940 5705
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is something for all ages here. Well anyone over 4 years old to 101! Boys, girls, men and women alike. The steam engines, trains, cars and buses are breath taking. The whole place is like a grave yard for travel and rail one minuet,...More

1  Thank Marvel2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a summer Sunday it was easy to get here by city bus almost to the gate (better signposting though for first-timers like me, please!). OK, the portacabin ticket office and rather austere platform aren't chocolate-box-heritage-railway but funds come hard, and there's a sense of...More

1  Thank duisdeil
Reviewed 6 August 2018

One of the countries hidden gems tends to be forgotten railwaysand this as part of the great central railway was certainly that. It was to be a little fill in pre hotel where we had chosen for an easy journey to our conference on the...More

2  Thank kwmccormick
Reviewed 28 July 2018

WOW! What an amazing afternoon we had with family and friends for my mums 75th birthday celebrations and a big surprise for her...goodness knows how we managed to keep it a secret but we managed to pull it off. We want to say a big...More

Thank Chris W
Phil S, General Manager at Great Central Railway - Nottingham, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2018

Hello Chris. Glad you were happy with the way things went. I will pass on your comments to the on-train staff, I am sure they will be pleased to hear you were happy. You are correct in that John (although normally to be found in...More

Reviewed 25 July 2018

Have been a regular visitor to both Great Central Railways for several years. GCR Loughboro becomes more and more pretentious and totally obsessed with health & safety - most recently they closed their sheds except for a very few visitors days. This is such a...More

Thank Famrave
Reviewed 22 July 2018

This should be amongst the top of list of experiences in Nottingham for families. Lovely miniature train rides for kids and adults alike for just 50p each, the miniature trains include diesel and steam engines with smoke, tunnels, signals, switches, crossings et all. The heritage...More

Thank Vinay H
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

It has a lot of interesting things here. Trains buses model railways miniture steam trains. Unfortunately it needs a guiding hand to make it attractive for tourists. It is however a great day out but health and safety is not to a normal heritage standard...More

1  Thank tellitasitiz
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Visited the railway for the first time. Took a ride on the 125 train. Had a ride on the miniature railway and watched the model railways. My grandson really enjoyed our visit. Pity the buses were not running.More

Thank Jeff H
Phil S, Manager at Great Central Railway - Nottingham, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Hello Jeff. Unfortunately, we only run the heritage buses on Bank Holiday Sunday/Mondays and occasionally at various events during the year. As this is something we provide at no cost to visitors, it can only be done as and when resources allow. Why not come...More

Reviewed 6 May 2018

We had a fantastic day here. There's so much to do on top of the train ride. We went on a open top bus, saw beautiful model train layouts, visited the amazing country park next door, walked around seeing over 10 heritage trains. All of...More

1  Thank leeLeicester
Phil S, General Manager at Great Central Railway - Nottingham, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Hello Lee. Thanks so much for your fantastic review. Hope you will come back and visit us again here at Ruddington.

Reviewed 28 April 2018

If you like steam train and old busses then you will love this museum , and on certain days they have events

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Lesley W
10 February 2018|
Response from Philip G |
Yes on Sunday’s there is the 10c bus from the city centre
di d
4 September 2016|
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Response from SharpeWords | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a website: search for GCRN. The centre is called the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre, but it is also the northern branch of the Great Central Railway, based at Loughborough. Hope this helps.
Margaret W
4 April 2016|
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Response from Barbara P | Reviewed this property |
They run every day in school holidays. CHECK their website - Google it. Gives times, fares, extra information.