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Volk’s Electric Railway

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Address: 285 Madeira Drive, Brighton BN1 1EN, England
Phone Number: 44 1273 292718
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Lovely for kids!

This is a lovely service, cheap and conviniente. We took the train to the playground, stayed there with the kids for the afternoon and back with the train again. Didn't have to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a lovely service, cheap and conviniente. We took the train to the playground, stayed there with the kids for the afternoon and back with the train again. Didn't have to wait at all.

Thank Dilly80
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This could be such a lovely attraction along the seafront in Brighton. However it isn't. The staff are not particularly caring and they certainly don't make it fun for the children. The lovely old station at the Marina end of the track has nothing to make it even slightly attractive. No postcards or souvenirs to buy, no decoration and usually... More 

Thank Suseyq
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Train ride was kind of fun, but probably more fun if you are with small children. Its destination, the marina, is really awful, just an out of town industrial estate with sinister parking places and big Asda's and other large shops. The halfway stop, the paypark, looked fun though for smaller children

Thank Rick_Ann_R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

The Volks Electric Railway has shared the Brighton seafront since 1883. It is now the oldest operating electric railway in the world. Since those early times it's fortunes have fluctuated and it has grown, shrunk, moved and occasionally tried brave new things (look up Daddy Long Legs to be amazed) but it has always been as much a part of... More 

Thank Andrew C
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

A pleasant short ride along the sea front in the middle of Brighton. Not too expensive, offers lovely views, and as a bonus......passes a nudist beach that we didn't even know existed...? This little railway has "history", which makes it all the more enjoyable. Would go again, and would love to take my grandchildren.

Thank lynn d
Croydon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Not only is this oldest electric railway in the world, but the trains are over 100 years old and still trundling along between the Aquarium and the Marina. When Volk built the railway it was to demonstrate to Victorians the versatility of electricity, it delighted nineteenth century visitors and continues to attract us over a century later. The views from... More 

Thank Davey511
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The conductor looks really cool, the whole joinery took around 15 minutes with a fair prince of around 3 pounds. A really cool experience especially during spring with the flower bloom at the two sides.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This is something we both wanted to try when we were visiting Brighton. It is 5 minutes from the Palace Pier and you can ride all the way to the Marina every 15 minutes including a halfway stop. The ride takes around 10 minutes each way and enables good views, but most of all it is great fun and a... More 

Thank Stumpy12345
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Without pioneers like Volks there would be no London tube, no New York subway. The Volks railway is an early electric railway, and he development of electric trains facilitated the development of modern transportation. The railcars hum to the sound of the DC traction motors as they go along the beach; the same sound that is heard as class 321... More 

1 Thank Phil B
Great Bookham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Had a great little trip on this historic railway Long the front. Made the mistake of walking to the Brighton Marina at the end if the line. That is truly awful, Brighton should be ashamed of the lost opportunity. All we could see was an Asda , huge multistorey car park and building site. No sign of smart marina side... More 

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