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Ribble Steam Railway

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Address: Chain Caul Road | Chain Caul Road, Ashton, Preston, Lancashire, Preston PR2 2PD, England
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+44 1772 728800
10:30 - 17:00
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Sat - Sun 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Hidden away in the heart of Preston's old Industrial Docklands, Ribble...

Hidden away in the heart of Preston's old Industrial Docklands, Ribble Steam Railway has been greeting visitors since 2005. Whatever the weather, you can expect a warm and friendly welcome from Ribble Steam's team of committed volunteers. Whether you are a keen steam enthusiast, or just simply looking for a fun and relaxed day out, Ribble Steam offers a memorable experience of Lancashire's world famous Industrial heritage. Visit the museum discover the history of Preston docks and the story of the first electrical trains. Did you know Preston once had a key role in designing and building trains, close to docks, that were then exported all over the World? Visit the Ribble Steam Railway on any weekend between May and September for steam train rides along our line. The three mile return trip includes crossing the dock swing bridge (a unique feature on our line) and then along the bank of the River Ribble, giving views of The City of Preston that are unique. Train Rides leave from the museum platform at 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500 and 1600 and your Day Ticket enables you to travel on as many rides as you wish on the day of your visit. Note ALL OUR SEASONAL OPENING TIMES & VARIATIONS ARE CLEARLY SHOWN ON OUR WEBSITE

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A first train ride

A great 1st train ride for my middle grandson who is nearly 3 and his 6 month old brother (not that he will remember it) the clouds coming out of the engine was a delightful... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Preston, United Kingdom
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great 1st train ride for my middle grandson who is nearly 3 and his 6 month old brother (not that he will remember it) the clouds coming out of the engine was a delightful comment. I enjoyed seeing all the exhibits and history they have.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a gala weekend, not wholly sure what that meant, except the fact that it cost extra for the entrance ticket. Tickets costed £8.00 each, the train journey was shorter than expected - less than 15 mins each way, very disappointing! The museum was ok, but overall was disappointed with the whole experience! Been on other steam train experiences... More 

Thank louisa d
Bolton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Ribble Steam Railway today with my son 13 an daughter 2. Such a friendly community an helpful volunteers. We had a ride on a train an a picnic. Also visited the workshop to see works in progress on the trains Will definitely come back

Thank Paul T
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The railway is about 45 mins walk from Preston railway station in the docks area. It has its own free car park. The rover ticket nomally costs £7 for an adult. The station area has good toilet facities, a shop, museum and cafe. The ride was just over 1.5 miles each way and took about 20 mins. It goes along... More 

Thank Chris47001
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Set in a nice location, the journey is short taking about 15 mins each way at about 10-15mph. I went for a gala on 25 March and there were plenty of people there. Was my first visit and £8 may seem higher than other similar small railways but it all goes to restoring the stock. Getting there on public transport... More 

Thank hellooldchap
Newby Bridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ribble steam railway is part of the Furness railway Trust that also includes the Haverthwaite/Lakeside steam railway in Cumbria (where they used to be based. The Ribble site has excellent facilities in terms of the small café, shop and museum (all run by volunteers) to enjoy before riding on the steam train. The engineering sheds are definitely worth a visit... More 

Thank Tony E
Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

This is a very friendly activity and run by great people. The children can ask all sorts of questions and who can resist a ride on a steam train. It was a great afternoon out and good value for money.

Thank John T
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

Took our granddaughter for the Santa special and we all had a fabulous experience. The parking was easy and as we boarded we were shown to our reserved seats. Of course we had the Christmas treats like mince pies and short bread - juice for the young ones and sherry for the older ones! We joined in the carols expertly... More 

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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We visited at the beginning of December 2016 for the Santa Special, we arranged the visit to coincide with meeting my husbands grandparents who live in Blackburn so they could see our 18 month old as they wouldn't see him over Christmas. We travelled down from Kendal, Cumbria and were not disappointed. There were 7 of us all together (myself,... More 

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

I took my 2 grandchildren aged 3 and 20 months for "Santa's special steam train ride.we had chance to look around the museum where there is little activities for the children. A mini steam to ride on and cafe.There is plenty of car parking. When we got on the train we had been doubled booked but this was quickly resolved... More 

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