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Midland Railway - Butterley

Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ, England
+44 1773 747674
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very helpful volunteer

We visited the railway today. We saw a volunteer ticket collector called Sam. We have seen him... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tamworth, United Kingdom

Thought I would write this review in case anyone is thinking of taking their children/grandchildren... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Costa del Silencio, Spain
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The Midland Railway - Butterley is a heritage railway running Steam and Diesel hauled trains that take visitors to our museum complex at Swanwick Junction. Here you can visit our Railway Museum,Coutry Park, Demonstration Signal Box, Victorian Railwayman's Church, the West Shed Experience, home of the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust, Narrow Gauge Miniature and Model Rauilways. Trains operate on most weekends and daily during local school holidays. Check website for details.
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good29%
  • Average17%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible9%
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“signal box” (21 reviews)
“narrow gauge” (10 reviews)
“puppet show” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ, England
+44 1773 747674

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited the railway today. We saw a volunteer ticket collector called Sam. We have seen him several times over the year and each time Sam is very friendly and a pleasant young man. Always polite and helpful. He is a credit to the railway....More

Thank mjw1840
Reviewed 5 days ago

Thought I would write this review in case anyone is thinking of taking their children/grandchildren for a train ride on the Spooks/Halloween train. DON'T BOTHER we went last year and what a waste of money and time it was. No steam engine !!! the carriages...More

Thank janetb82_13
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited the Midland Railway Centre many times over the years but our previous visit must be some 15-20 years ago when my children were small. I visited recently with my son (now 29 years old) on one of his rare days off. Before...More

Thank B J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Travelled up to Butterley for the annual Model Railway exhibition which was good but a little scattered especially for my partner who is disabled and cannot walk far. The railway itself is well preserved with helpful staff but far too short to really enjoy. A...More

Thank volklf1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly helpful staff, although cafe was closed mid week during school hols. Steam train ride fantastic with several places to stop and explore. Highly recommended

Thank Sally H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly when you're advised to stay on the train past the first stop so you don't miss the views......there wasn't any and you only go down track about a minute before it unhooks to return. Some areas were shut so couldn't look at everything. It...More

Thank Joanne M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my second visit to the site, which is a glorious heritage railway and has various museums on site. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in heritage transport. There is enough to interest visitors for an entire day. The experience was only...More

Thank SteveMarkBull
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We needed a last minute local day out so came here. The start point at Butterly had a run down feel. The usual characters around that historic railways attract. The train we caught was running rather late but then so do all trains in the...More

Thank Derbyshirewalker76
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my second visit to the Middland Railway - Butterley, and was very impressed by the nuymber of attractions available with the site. including the Matthew Kirtley Musesum building at Swanick Junction, the Static Power Musem, and the Star Tugs Exhibition at Butterley, as...More

Thank Sam H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I absolutely love this place and can't fault it in any way it's like travelling back in time to a great place where everyone just enjoys themselves and is pleasant they have disabled toilets baby changing hardstanding toilets. And a buffet bar that includes hot...More

Thank AshleighPearce1
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August 11, 2017|
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Response from eric t | Reviewed this property |
You can now get a family ticket through 'Woucher' for £18. I have used this ticket and it is good value.
January 12, 2015|
Response from Fairview777 |
Trains depart from the Butterley Station which is on the B6179 just outside Ripley. The site has free parking. The train travels through a long scenic cutting before arriving at the Swanwick Junction site. At this site... More