Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre

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Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre

Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Millie024
Llantwit Major, UK434 contributions
Couples
We didn’t have much idea what this would be like, but as my husband is very interested in steam railways we decided to give it a go when in the area, and are so pleased that we did. Having parked, we went into the cafe, where I had quite a long wait to order, as it was lunchtime and busy. The lunch when it came was indulgent and delicious, a treacle pudding with custard , something I hadn’t had for ages and was pleasantly surprised to see on the menu. The ladies serving were working very hard and delivered the food to your table, as well as cooking it and serving on the counter. My husband was impressed with the shop, which he visited while I ate my pudding, said the staff were friendly, and one man was from Wales.The museum is built around a turntable in an old engine shed, which you can see working. There was a fabulous collection of engines, and other vehicles, including a brake van with a video running. The settlement at Barrow Hill was, surprise, inaugurated by a Mr Barrow, an industrial pioneer, who set up a model village, giving his workers a far better quality of life, and life expectancy than the inhabitants of neighbouring villages. The social history of Barrow Hill was explained in a series of most informative displays which we liked very much. They gave Barrow Hill museum a wider appeal than just to railway buffs, engaging me for ages.
A diesel preservation society workshop is located on the same site, in another large building.
Outside, you can climb up a bank and see across to a sand tower, an idea that didn’t really work, but aimed to make engine wheels grip better by coating them with sand to improve their grip. Unfortunately, the sand became damp, somewhat counter productive.
As we left, we walked back through the roundhouse, feeling really grateful to the team who saved it from demolition, and enjoying a moment in front of the warm fire as the volunteers enjoyed a cosy break.
Thank you to them all. This is a really nice place to visit.
Written November 11, 2021
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S B
Lincolnshire, UK59 contributions
We had read good reviews and having now visited Barrow Hill ourselves we heartily agree with them! Every staff member we spoke to came across as enthusiastic, welcoming, knowlegable and helpful. The exhibits were all displayed and explained very well, with just the right amount of detail so as to be informative without being off-putting - and if you wanted further information it was available by asking. We would heartily recommend Barrow Hill. We had great weather,but many of the exhibits are in the Roundhouse itself, so a dull or wet weather attraction too. A short drive away is Hollingwood Hub on the Chesterfield Canal, also worth a visit.
Written March 26, 2022
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,590 contributions
In my home county and been on the list for years and yet I've never got round to it, but now I have, and it was worth the wait.

Plenty of parking on the field by the centre and a cafe by the entrance. Toilets inside and out. Having entered, and paid the very cheap £5, you go through a timeline of history and some artefacts before entering the roundhouse. The turntable, complete with loco, is demonstrated on the hour between 11.00 - 2.00pm. There are various locos, waggons, shunting engines and more dotted round the turntable, films playing and lots of information boards about the engines and about the working life.

Outside you can see the signal box, but not visit it, see the diesel and Intercity trains then visit the Deltic workshop where engines are currently being restored. My parents and us spent a couple of hours here. I was also told it's worth revisiting as trains change and they have special events.
Written October 2, 2021
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Vicky I
Doncaster, UK79 contributions
Family
Very disappointing visit, arrived after opening time, shop not open told to pay entrance fee at cafe (£19 for 2 adults 1 child) had tickets thrust at us and a quick go throught there. No further explanations no go see this, that or this is happening at such and such a time. A few engines in the roundhouse to walk around only 2 to go on. Went outside where several other engines lay in various states of rust and decay. The turntable was due to go but couldn't hear the guy talking as he had no microphone and another guy was busy working on a loco in the background. Not one member of staff/volunteer made eye contact yet alone speak or be approachable. The deltic shed was closed off, no trains were running on the line. Not worth the entrance fee at all. We were there for 45 minutes to an hour and that included a drink in the cafe.
Written May 1, 2022
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Qualia1962
Swindon, UK53 contributions
Family
If you're looking to see a great variety of steam, diesels, electric, carriages and wagons, this place is great. A real working engine shed.

Great value and friendly staff.

And of course, Deltics.
Written June 6, 2022
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Marcus L
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We had a lovely trip to the roundhouse, the staff were very friendly and helpfull, 2 members of staff showed us round some of the locos being restored and painted which was very interesting. We had our lunches from the cafe and the food was great,really nice. The exhibits were well displayed and plenty of information about them. Once again many thanks to the helpfull and friendly volunteers from the four members of the Eden Valley railway.
Written July 23, 2022
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Dafydd M
Sheffield, UK166 contributions
I've always liked Barrow Hill, so, after the privations of the (BEEP) pandemic, we wondered what it might be like, with 18 months of little work being done. We weren't disappointed, though. The few engines in the turntable were a delight to see, especially with some of them having steps up to the cab. As ever, all the personnel were bright, cheerful enthusiastic, which makes a visit anywhere much better. The cafe is tremendous, bright and airy, great quality and fabulously clean. The management even encouraged me to park my 1979 MGB GT on display in front of the building. A great day, 3 hours were never better spent
Written August 28, 2021
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Graham R
Honiton, UK320 contributions
This unique venue is ridiculously cheap. For £5 you gain access to a roundhouse with an impressive array of steam and diesel locomotives. There are also other locomotives on site which are visible from a viewing platform. The cafe is also good value.
Written March 16, 2020
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Brubaker45
Warsash, UK9 contributions
Solo
I'll make it clear from the start that I have visited Barrow Hill many times and supported it. It is the only remaining authentic roundhouse and a real tribute to a loyal band of people keeping our railway heritage alive.
BUT!!!!
Not being able to travel to York or Shildon a 'free' nights accommodation in Derby got this 70 year old to go on a 400 mile round trip to see, touch and photograph these "East Coast" icons of my child-hood before them being lost again across the Atlantic. NONE of these was successful. Pushed together you could only partly see them, you could not touch and photography was rubbish. Other promised exhibits were stretching the 'truth' to it's limits. Tornado was there but partially dismantled. One Deltic was present but obstructed in view and not working. Other Deltics were in their shed under repair. The roundhouse and yards were choked with old coaching stock and diesel locos making any pictures of any steam traction virtually impossible without non steam era inclusions. Only the A4 Bittern on the running track was anything like an attraction. DEFINITELY MY LAST VISIT irrespective of my age. Really disappointed and more - UPSET!
Written February 12, 2014
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publicenergy
Nottingham, UK10 contributions
Solo
This isn't a typical touristy place to visit. The engine shed is a working building and it can get a bit smoky - that adds to the atmosphere of the place for me.

If you want to visit once and have lots to do, look at their web site and go when they have a special event on. They still do turntable demonstrations at weekends but there is always a lot more happening during the special events.
Normal weekends are good if you prefer things a little quieter though.
The café is toasty warm in winter - well worth going in there! :)
Written January 4, 2014
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