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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

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Address: Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
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+44 1629 823076
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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With its headquarters in the fine old Peak District market town of...

With its headquarters in the fine old Peak District market town of Wirksworth, the Ecclesboume Valley line, at nine miles, is Derbyshire's longest heritage railway. The line runs through some of the most pleasant scenery in the White Peak, from its joint station with the main line at Duffield to its northern terminus at Ravenstor, close to the High Peak Trail and the National Stone Centre.

The line provides services mainly operated by heritage diesel railcars, with four trains a day on summer weekends and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the high summer. The timetable is designed to connect with East Midlands Trains' services to and from Derby and Nottingham. Visitors may wish to take advantage of a 'zigzag choo choo' all Day Rover Ticket issued by the railway and Trent Barton providing an excellent opportunity for discount travel through the beautiful derbyshire countryside by bus and rail. Steam hauled services are also operated at peak periods, please call us to check what is running.

If you would prefer to see the line from the Driver's cab or realise a childhood dream by taking the controls of one of our heritage steam or diesel locomotives then you can book that day to remember direct on our website. We offer a range of experiences to suit any occasion and budget.

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A PLEASANT JOURNEY

Bought a family ticket on Group-on.2 Grandparents and 5 grandchilren 3 to 11. Easy car parking-free.Staff welcomed us,issued day tickets and we then wandered to our train(diesel... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Bought a family ticket on Group-on.2 Grandparents and 5 grandchilren 3 to 11. Easy car parking-free.Staff welcomed us,issued day tickets and we then wandered to our train(diesel multiple).We were welcomed in the clean buffet car where staff gave little plastic dinosaurs to the youngest boys. Excellent strong coffee and chocolate buns.On the train the children were taken to the drivers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

Every time I'm back in Wirksworth for a visit I always end up here with my nephew. We have been visiting Ecclesbourne Raileay since he was 2 and always have a good time, from the Santa specials and the special weekends. The one he loves is the vintage bus weekend. Staff are always very friendly and helpful. A great place... More 

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear Louise H, Thank you so much for your kind words. Its great to learn that you are a frequent visitor to our railway. This year promises to be even better with lots of special events and visiting locomotives to celebrate the 150th birthday of the line! We look forward to welcoming you back. With very best wishes, Tom Tait More 

Belper, Derbyshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic visit to the railway today. Kids loved seeing Santa and the sing along with Santa's helpers was fab! The gifts were lovely and the jazz band at the station was inspired! Altogether a great experience. Will definitely be back next year. Thank you! 😃

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear Fran C, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review about our Santa experience. We are glad you enjoyed the experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon. With very best wishes, Tom Tait More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

Really excellent trip,very well organised, lovely friendly staff, made adults & kids very welcome. A lovely Father Christmas and his Elf who took time to talk to the children, very nice gifts. Also a very good friendly magician who took his time to show the children his tricks individually, kids were also given a dot to dot & an activity... More 

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear angelabirmingham, Thank you for submitting such a lovely review of our railway. We are glad you had such an enjoyable time and it will be our pleasure to welcome you back to our railway in the not too distant future. With very best wishes, Tom Tait More 

Burton upon Trent, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

Very well organised and enjoyable trip. Magician and activity sheets on board. Staff very well organised to take you down the train to see Santa in family groups so no queuing. Good amount of time talking to Santa and lovely bag of presents. Very friendly staff. Even got to sit in with the driver for a while. Would definitely go... More 

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear Carrie L, Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of our railway. We are so glad you enjoyed you trip and we hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back next Christmas. With very best wishes, Tom Tait More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

Joined the Santa train last Sunday. The new decorations this year are fabulous! The live band playing Christmas tunes was a lovely touch. A drink and mince pie on arrival was followed by a train ride with a magician. The children on the train seemed very pleased with their gifts from Santa's grotto and they were good quality items. At... More 

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear Andrea G, Thank you so much for your lovely words. We had our busiest Christmas period to date and are happy that you enjoyed the new attractions. With very best wishes, Tom Tait More 

Nottinghamshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

We love the Christmas express. This was our second year. The set up and organisation was superb. A lovely family day out with Santa on the train. The train staff are so enthusiastic.

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear Ginge74, It was great to see you again and thank you so much for you kind comments. With very best wishes, Tom Tait More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

Visited lastTuesday .joined train at Duffield.It was lovely to ride with very good views on this train in November when most other railways were closed.Sat at the front Train in excellent condition and very comfortable.with a very good view of the line.New station at Duffield looks and is really good.Just about the right length.Will visit again. Thank you all.

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear Mike P, Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of our railway. We are glad you had an enjoyable time with us. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back. With best wishes, Tom Tait More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Did this as part of a day out. It was nice to be able to wander round before the ride and get off and on where necessary at the numerous stops.

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear Tinners_10, Thank you for rating our railway a 5 star attraction. We are glad you had an enjoyable time and look forward to seeing you again. With very best wishes, Tom Tait More 

Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

We visited this attraction in mid October and found it busy and bustling. The return trip from Wirksworth to Duffield takes about 90 mins. The railway has steam engines, diesel pulled trains and multiple units that run on different days and staffed mostly by very enthusiastic volunteers, young and old...nice to see !!! Most of the facilities are at Wirksworth... More 

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Tom T, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Graham C', Thank you for taking the time to submit such a positive review of our railway. We are glad you had such a good time and it would be our pleasure to welcome you back in the not too distant future. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More 

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