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“how authentic can you get” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village
Town End, Crich | Crich, Derbyshire, Matlock DE4 5DP, England
1773 854321
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Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in Matlock
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Derbyshire’s award-winning family attraction lets you enjoy unlimited tram rides in a recreated village street along the mile-long track to breathtaking views. Plus play areas, shops, tea-rooms and 30,000 square feet of indoor attractions. A relaxing day out for all ages!
Matlock, England, United Kingdom
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“how authentic can you get”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

loved it, especially the ride on the tram. we went on old british bikes parked them in the village for everyone to view and got in free.

Visited July 2012
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“There is an hidden gem inside”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We visited Crich on an early morning in July with our 7 year old daughter.

The approach is not very promising. The car park is gravel and the entrance to the museum resembles a porta cabin. But we can understand the money is better spent on the trams so this was no big deal and did not put us off.

Admission was £30 for 2 adults and 1 child with free return for 12 months. Some events are exempt from the free return ticket. You are given an old penny at the entrance to use if you decide to ride the trams.

So what’s inside? You leave the porta cabin entrance and walk into a street scene otherwise known as The Village. We would suggest you turn left if you want to ride the tram first. Walk all the way to the bottom and that’s the first pickup point.

Things to see and do in The Village.

Riding the trams
Riding the trams was a good experience although they didn’t travel too far.

They pick up at one end of the village and make stops along the way for the mile long ride to the mines. They run every 20 minutes or so each way. You give the old penny you were given at the entrance to the conductor who gives you an old fashioned ticket in return which you can use all day.

The conductor was friendly and knowledgeable about trams and when you get to the end of the journey, he asks you to flip the seats over for the return journey; simple thing, but fun.

Discovery Centre
This was in the Stephenson workshop which has been restored with Heritage Lottery Funding.

Here you can find out information on the history of trams and the village. There are interactive activates.

Tea room
The tea room, although nice enough, reminded us of a motorway cafe. The food was average and expensive and capacity limited, especially in busy periods.

You would be better off taking a packed lunch and having a picnic.

We didn’t go in but read that it was actually started life as a pub in Stoke on Trent which was rescued and restored brick by brick.

Press works
This was closed on our visit so we cannot comment.

Ice cream parlour
This was closed on our visit so we cannot comment.

Sweet shop
You can buy old fashioned sweets, but to be honest, a bit pricey so we didn’t bother hovering in there too long.

Souvenir shop
The shop sells the usual souvenirs as well as books and models. We did go in but again, didn’t buy anything.

Play area
We came across this after the woodland walk. There was a good selection of play equipment and picnic benches around.

Tram Exhibition
The exhibition area has a large selection of trams, maybe too many, from different eras. There was information displayed about trams and you could actually get on one of two of them.

One tram which is on display by the exhibition entrance, was found in a field and looked very sorry for itself.

You could tell that those looking after and restoring the trams were passionate about their role.

Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail
This was a really great nature path with activities along the way.

Our daughter had an activity pack where she had to find as many sculptures as she could. The wood sculptures were all by local artists and very good. There were open areas where you could take a breather and enjoy the views.

Picnic benches, wildlife and information boards were all dotted about.

It was clearly evident that a lot of thought and effort had obviously gone into woodland walk and sculpture trail.

Two thirds of our visit was spent here.

The woodland walk and sculpture trail was without doubt the best part of the trip. If it had not been for this, we would consider the entrance fee a bit pricey for what else was there.

However, we do believe that any train/tram enthusiast will probably love it.

Dogs on leads and picnics are welcome.

Visited July 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I have been going here since the 1960s. If you like trams and can't afford eastern Europe or Manchester this is the place to go. Take your own sandwiches - cafe food dreadful.

Visited July 2012
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“Out-of-season (no trams running)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Entry was free of charge as only part of the site was open (end of November) and there were no trams running. Nevertheless we spent a pleasant couple of hours in the exhibitions and cafe and wandering the near-deserted village street. The dogs were welcome (on leads).

Visited November 2012
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“Perfect day out........even for none "Geeks"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Apologies for anyone who is proud to be a Geek. I have never collected train numbers, looked admiringly at a bus, tram or understood what a Deltic is.
But this is a great family day out. A bit like walking trough an episode of Heartbeat (though I have never watched that either.....!).
At the risk of sounding a bit like the (middle) age that I am......it's an "old fashioned" family day out!
There is catering on site - not fantastic but fine - both a cafe and a pub.
Riding the Trams is fun and the museum is great. Enough space for the children to run around, and an sweet shop where you can still but cherry lips. Christ I'm starting to sound geek ish, so I'm going to sign off.
It's a really good day out, well go again.

Visited September 2012
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