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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Wirksworth, United Kingdom
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About Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
With its headquarters in the fine old Peak District market town of Wirksworth, the Ecclesboume Valley line, at nine miles, is Derbyshire's longest heritage railway. The line runs through some of the most pleasant scenery in the White Peak, from its joint station with the main line at Duffield to its northern terminus at Ravenstor, close to the High Peak Trail and the National Stone Centre. The line provides services mainly operated by heritage diesel railcars, with four trains a day on summer weekends and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the high summer. The timetable is designed to connect with East Midlands Trains' services to and from Derby and Nottingham. Visitors may wish to take advantage of a 'zigzag choo choo' all Day Rover Ticket issued by the railway and Trent Barton providing an excellent opportunity for discount travel through the beautiful derbyshire countryside by bus and rail. Steam hauled services are also operated at peak periods, please call us to check what is running. If you would prefer to see the line from the Driver's cab or realise a childhood dream by taking the controls of one of our heritage steam or diesel locomotives then you can book that day to remember direct on our website. We offer a range of experiences to suit any occasion and budget.
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Christhoel wrote a review Apr 2022
Chesterfield, United Kingdom15 contributions1 helpful vote
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We went to the spring diesel gala it was great all the stall friendly and helpful . The kids 4 & 16 both loved the day. Would recommend a visit for anyone that has kids that like trains or even if they like trains themselves
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Sam3314 wrote a review Apr 2022
Derby, United Kingdom1695 contributions504 helpful votes
Lovely steam train ride to Wirksworth. We got the mainline to Duffield and crossed the footbridge to the EVR. We got rover tickets which allow multiple rides or to get off and on again throughout the day. Steam loco was in operation on the day we visited but there are also diesel and railcar days so check the timetable. Coaches are very well maintained and are compartment style. Great views from the train and great to see the hedges in springtime, also saw a Jay. Main station is at Wirksworth where there is a cafe offering light bites and drinks and good facilities plus a museum. Wirksworth is a few minutes walk away.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Paul S wrote a review Apr 2022
Tansley, United Kingdom10 contributions14 helpful votes
Excellent afternoon out with Fish and chip Tea, Very friendly staff. Beautiful country side, Well worth it.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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toxicgirl wrote a review Jan 2022
Nottingham69 contributions28 helpful votes
We travelled in a first class coach on the Train Through the Christmas Countryside experience and it was fabulous. Absolutely great value for money at £75 considering there were 5 of us and we all got extremely good quality hot chocolate, freshly baked cookies and a 1 hour 45 minute train ride with entertainment. As an adult my favourite character was Vladimir (Santa's bodyguard) and the boys loved getting told they were on the nice list and the banter with Timmy Tinsel! All the actors were amazing and really put their heart and soul into making it such a wonderful experience. We had booked for 2020 but had to cancel due to Covid isolation and Ecclesbourne Valley Railway were amazingly accommodating at short notice, letting us rebook for 2021. Presents from Santa (included in the price) were numerous, age appropriate and really well thought through in terms of variety. We also ordered the treat boxes for the kids which were a lovely touch and brimming with goodies. We will 100% book for next year!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Mark S wrote a review Jan 2022
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Haloween & Christmas Train rides So Good, Both of them. The staff & Actors were Amazing. Haloween was a right laugh, they got us all involved. Christmas train was a little different, as we had to stay in our compartments, but was still Really good. Santa (and his body gaurd) were great. As was all the Elves and the ticket master. The kids loved this. We will be back 100%
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Date of experience: December 2021
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