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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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Oldest electgric tramway inthe world so worth a visit

It is efficiently run and appears to be kept in good condition, good way to get to the marina too or take the tram out and walk back along the promenade.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
RaymondWalley
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is efficiently run and appears to be kept in good condition, good way to get to the marina too or take the tram out and walk back along the promenade.

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UK
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

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.

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Thank Dilly80
Brighton
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129 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

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 

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Thank Suseyq
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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

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Thank Rick_Ann_R
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55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 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 

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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203 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 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.

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 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 

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Singapore, Singapore
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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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Reading
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445 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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 

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