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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
01629 823076
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Wirksworth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Traveler Description: The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is an 9 mile heritage railway that runs between Wirksworth and Duffield in Derbyshire. The line is now fully-open... more »
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Nottingham
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This is a very nice day out for all the family, you can have history, lovely scenery and a gourmet lunch all rolled into one. The staff are brilliant and really seem to enjoy their voluntary work in this quiet corner of Derbyshire. I would definitely recommend the 'Station Masters Lunch', it was superb. Unlike a lot of preserved railways,... More

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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Spent an excellent day here, exploring the 9 mile route of the railway (we actually travelled the complete route twice) and enjoying the excellent Pullman Carriage four-course lunch, for an inclusive price, bought via Amazon Local, of £49 for two people. Highly recommended.

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Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Jeff C', Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of our railway. We are glad you enjoyed your trips down the valley and your Station Master's Luncheon. We do hope you will be able to visit us again in the not too distant future. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More

Derbyshire
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A great little trip lovely scenery on rout ,very friendly lovely for friends and family have done both ,our US friends had a personal tour and loved it

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Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Drury1Derbyshire', Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad you and your friends from the US enjoyed their tour of our facilities. We do hope you can visit us again in the near future. Best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A very relaxed day outing for families and railway enthusiasts. A liitle difficult to find but worth the effort

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Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Ed A', Thank you for your brief review of our railway. We are glad you had an enjoyable time with us and hope that you can visit again in the near future. Best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More

Armitage, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My wife and I made a late decision to visit EVR for a little afternoon outing. We were not disappointed, we both have mobility problems and were apprehensive regarding getting into and out of carriages. In the event we managed well but the staff were aware of our problems and were always there keeping an eye on us. We enjoyed... More

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Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Cyril C', Thank you for your review of our railway. We are happy you had such a good time and we very much look forward to welcoming you back soon. All the best, Tom Tait Commercial Director More

John O'Groats, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It's not often you can see a forward view from your train, but you can on this railway. Take a trip and you will not be disappointed. We travelled on iris the rail-car and found the staff pleasant and accommodating and the all round view impressive ( apart from mother who fell asleep with the gentle rocking motion!). Catering here... More

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Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Geoff E', Thank you for your kind comments and recommendation. We are happy you enjoyed your trip down the valley. We believe it is one of the most picturesque train journeys in England but we are a little biased! We have improved our catering services now to include cream teas and a very popular station master luncheon and these... More

Crewe, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A really lovely little railway we have come to love, we have visited three or four times now the staff are always so friendly and helpful or train rides have increased each visit and our latest when we came by train via Derby and then rode the full length including the trip up the hill - magnificent and very well... More

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Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'MickPierce2504', Thank you for writing such a comprehensive and positive review about our railway. Its great for our volunteers to receive such praise especially as they try and go that extra mile to ensure our guests receive a friendly service. Its also encouraging to learn that we are developing a loyal visitor base who are making return journeys to... More

Derby, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The train journey was fabulous - and my grand daughter loved it. The station buildings were a disappointment - looking very temporary. The staff were friendly and helpful. Car park was a bit of rather rough ground. This is probably work in progress - well done to all those who have got this enthusiasts railway this far.

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Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Colin H', Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our railway. We do have some temporary buildings which are currently being painted. We will be embarking upon a new build programme in the future once all the necessary funds etc.are in place. We are so glad you had an enjoyable time on your visit and... More

Duffield, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

As locals, we've been planning to do this railway journey back in time for too long - we've seen the stations and the stock coming on strong over the past couple of years. We got a good deal from Amazon Local to book a return trip and the VIP lunch, and got a lovely sunny day to make it extra... More

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Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear '66Mitch', Thank you for writing such a comprehensive and positive review about our railway. We are disappointed you did not find your luncheon experience to your liking but on the day of your visit I believe the air conditioning had developed an intermittent fault affecting the temperature of your dinning carriage. I can only apologise that it was not... More

Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great afternoon learning and then driving a real live 0-6-0 tank engine. Great Instructor and fireman. Recommend anyone interested in steam trains to give it a go! Another one off the bucket list?

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Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear Ian, Thank for writing such a positive review of our Steam Experience. We are so glad you had such a great time. We do hope you can visit us again soon. Best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More

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