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Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre

Campbell Drive, Chesterfield S43 2PR, England
+44 1246 472450
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Interesting and historic railway site

The location and history of the Roundhouse is impressive but I was personally disappointed by the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Trevor H
A working environment, open to the public

We visited on Father’s Day and they had added a band and representation from the local soccer club... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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“beer festival” (18 reviews)
“round house” (5 reviews)
“trade stands” (4 reviews)
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Campbell Drive, Chesterfield S43 2PR, England
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+44 1246 472450
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The location and history of the Roundhouse is impressive but I was personally disappointed by the number of steam locomotives on display. I was expecting more. Its great if you like diesels as there are many more examples here. Had a very good cafe and...More

Thank Trevor H
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Alexa S, Public Relations Manager at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Trevor. We are pleased to hear that you found the Roundhouse interesting. To give some background explanation to your comments, the Roundhouse story covers nearly 150 years (and counting!) of steam and diesel locomotive occupation. The dilemma for the team here, following the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on Father’s Day and they had added a band and representation from the local soccer club. But who cares about that, it’s all about the trains and the Roundhouse. You do take pot luck as to what is in and we were lucky,...More

Thank ianmantel
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Alexa S, Public Relations Manager at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're really pleased to hear you enjoyed our Father's Day event - it was something quirky and a little different to what we usually do but everyone we spoke to had a great day and, as you say, there were still lots of locos and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we visited while on holiday in the area, its only open sat and suns. Worth the visit very interesting, staff were very friendly, and the Café was very reasonably priced.More

Thank Sharon B
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Alexa S, Public Relations Manager at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for a fabulous 5* review Sharon. We're really pleased to hear you found us while you were on holiday in the area and hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in this part of Derbyshire. Do come and see us again if...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As one who can remember the age of steam trains -- well before Diesel and electric trains -- the visit to the Barrowhill Roundhouse Railway Museum and Engine shed was most enjoyable, once we had found the place (my sat.nav. was non-functioning and had to...More

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Alexa S, Public Relations Manager at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for a lovely review - we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit despite an initial problem finding us. Google insists on putting an incorrect marker on for the site which we keep trying to get amended - and we are also hoping...More

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Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

During May 2018 a fantastic and atmospheric beer festival was followed by a brilliant Jools Holland concert. The venue, staff and formats for both events were first class with thousands of visitors enjoying themselves. Entertainment excellent and drinks superbly kept. Well done!More

Thank Andy D
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Alexa S, Public Relations Manager at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Another fantastic 5* review for our May events - thank you so much! We all had such a great time over two weeks - Jools Holland and Marc Almond were simply superb and the Roundhouse rocked. Planning for next year's beer festival - Rail Ale...More

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Reviewed May 24, 2018

Went to the rail ale festival for the last night(Sat 19th May) set in the round house itself the evening was brilliant with live music plus plenty of different real ales to sample all coming in between £1.40 to £1.70 a half, food stalls outside...More

Thank happy h
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Alexa S, Public Relations Manager at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are really pleased you enjoyed Rail Ale 2018. We have had some fantastic feedback from lots of people who attended throughout the three days of the event - and such positive and lovely comments make all the hard work worthwhile. The planning for Rail...More

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Reviewed May 22, 2018

Brill fun day for school kids it has to be great it is only 3 pounds ha brilliant I am going there with the kids on a school trip

Thank Anand S
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Alexa S, Public Relations Manager at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2018

Thank you very much indeed for a 5* review of our fabulous Roundhouse. We hope you and the children enjoy your visit - there will certainly be plenty to keep them entertained.

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Reviewed April 29, 2018

Ok you have to pay £3 to enter now, but when you walk into the roundhouse there’s hardly any locomotives in there, totally disappointing,plus all the locomotives are outside in lines and as your not aloud to walk along the bank anymore its not good...More

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Alexa S, Public Relations Manager at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2018

We are sorry to learn of your disappointment during your recent visit. Over the weekend our volunteers spoke to many of our visitors to explain the reasons for the current disruption. If I may correct your review, I would like to make it clear that...More

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Lots of steam and diesels all in different states of refurbishment. Fantastic cafe with an open fire. Minimal donation requested. A little known gem.

Thank Ned N
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Alexa S, Public Relations Manager at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Hi and thank you for your 5* review! We are really pleased you enjoyed your visit to Barrow Hill Roundhouse and hope you will visit us again soon.

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Reviewed February 10, 2018

A super space that celebrates British railway history and we should be thankful it wasn't closed and demolished when British Rail had no further use for it. Part of the complex is off limits as that is currently used for the overhaul and maintenance of...More

Thank Michael H
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Alexa S, Public Relations Manager at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2018

Hi Michael Wow, thank you for your 5* review! There is always plenty to see at the UK's last operational roundhouse - we will be reopening to the public on Saturday 3rd March 2018 following our winter break. Although there hasn't been much rest for...More

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April 4, 2017|
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Response from Kathol25 | Reviewed this property |
Roundhouse has been closed for 're refurbishment but it is reopened just over one week ago.
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Mike S
March 20, 2017|
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Response from BeckyA27 |
The Roundhouse is open to the public each weekend 10am - 4pm until early December.
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