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Churnet Valley Railway

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Address: Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 2HA, England
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+44 1538 758491
11:00 - 17:00
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Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

The Churnet Valley Railway, is a picturesque heritage Steam Railway that...

The Churnet Valley Railway, is a picturesque heritage Steam Railway that runs through Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland, the Churnet Valley. It meanders alongside the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet for a delightful nostalgic 11 mile return journey.

Kingsley & Froghall Station has ample parking and disabled access and is home to the award winning traditional Tea Room plus the railways Souvenir Shop, both of which are open on running days.

Consall Station has no public road access making it very quiet and isolated in its situation beside the weir on River Churnet where the canal splits from the river. Nearby are the Lime Kilns and the Black Lion Public House.

At Cheddleton Station you can visit the Railway’s Engine Sheds and its small Railway Artifacts Museum.

Trains run most Sundays from February to October, and full weekends from Easter as well as Wednesdays from June to September. Additional services run on all Bank Holiday Mondays and school holidays.

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Great day out

This heritage railway has to be one of the best for views of the Staffordshire countryside, within our region. Gala days are a great day out for the enthusiast, with many a great... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This heritage railway has to be one of the best for views of the Staffordshire countryside, within our region. Gala days are a great day out for the enthusiast, with many a great photo opportunity along the route. Staff are super freindly and plenty to see along the way. Don't miss the sheds where there is always something interesting going... More 

Thank FoxyPhilDerby
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I bought a Groupon Voucher for the Charnet Valley Railway at the end of October 2016. When I tried to redeem it and to make a booking with the Charnet Valley Railway, I was told that, first all it couldn't be used at all in November and December; secondly that it could only be used on certain "Green Days", which... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Waiting on the platform at Froghall station for the train to arrive was exciting. It took me back to when I was child with smell of the smoke and the whistle of the train. Beautiful scenery and friendly staff. Booked for afternoon tea which was fresh and delicious and served on china ware. Took a delightful walk along the canal... More 

Thank mariabryant60
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit the cafe does great cups of coffee and the staff there are really friendly. It was great to sit on the platform and watch the train depart.

Thank Karen S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We booked by phone to travel in the dining car for lunch, this was made easy by the staff. We boarded the train and we were shown to our table. The meal and service were excellent . While we dined the train moved along the track and the scenery was loverly. The restaurant staff were first class on service. We... More 

Thank Allan B
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Booked for lunch on Boxing day and overall we were disappointing. The train travels thorough quite an industrial landscape including a scrap yard before heading into bleak and uninspiring countryside. The meal on board starter (soup) and main ( roast beef ) was okay but the dessert ( not sure what it was )is best avoided. The advertising said well... More 

Thank honestchap11
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

My husband and I completed our Christmas celebrations by travelling on the Christmas Winter Warmer steam train journey beginning at Cheddleton station, through to Ipstones then to Consall, Froghall and back to Cheddleton. What a wonderful way to spend a morning, mince pies, sherry and Christmas music. The staff, all volunteers, were so friendly and informative, chatting to them took... More 

Thank sharonsmith42uk
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

My son is a regular visitor here and so we decided to surprise him and his little sister with a visit to see santa. We were not disappointed. The atmosphere was great and all the staff were very friendly. The kids had chocolate and a drink and us grown ups had a mince pie and sherry. The balloon man was... More 

Thank Lyndsey M
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We decided to visit Churnet Valley Railway once again for their annual Santa and Steam event. I have to say we were not left disappointed, the whole experience was fantastic for both the kids and the really big kids (adults). I will certainly be visiting again for their other events.

Thank daryls1986
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Special sums it up. Santa, balloon man, present for Lucy, chocolate and drink for children and sherry and mince pie for Mum and Dad. Volunteers were all so friendly and helpful. A really special experience and many, many thanks to those who don't get paid, who make it possible. A truly great afternoon and more than well worth the money... More 

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