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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
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Surprise 50th birthday afternoon tea treat!

My friends surprised me with afternoon tea on the EVR for my 50th birthday. Eric did a wonderful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sarah A
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Leicester, United Kingdom
good visit

I visited this attraction with a friend. We both enjoyed the train ride and found it relaxing. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
johnchatham2014
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“buffet car” (23 reviews)
“afternoon tea” (27 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
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"buffet car"
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"afternoon tea"
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"wirksworth station"
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"branch line"
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"return journey"
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"diesel train"
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"steam engine"
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"train trip"
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"choo choo"
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"diesel loco"
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"rolling stock"
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"driving experience"
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"pullman carriage"
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"steep incline"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My friends surprised me with afternoon tea on the EVR for my 50th birthday. Eric did a wonderful job of looking after us, keeping us topped up with tea, homemade sandwiches, scones as well as stories along the journey!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I visited this attraction with a friend. We both enjoyed the train ride and found it relaxing. The volunteers were friendly and professional. We combined this visit with an afternoon visit to the tramway park nearby. Highly recommended if you want a relaxing morning riding...More

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear johnchatham2014, Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of our railway. We are glad you had a relaxing morning with us enjoying the scenery along the valley and it would be our pleasure to welcome you back in the not too...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely steam train journey through beautiful Derbyshire. Reasonable price, good journey length and friendly staff.

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Pilotwoo, Thank you for submitting a brief review of our railway. Your comments are most welcome and it would be our please to welcome you back to our railway. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a day out on Railway on Bank Holiday Monday.Excellent service and timings.Also went up to Ravenstor which is recommended.There are also tours around the shed area.

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Alan T, Thank you for your kind words. We hope you can visit us again. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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Reviewed May 5, 2018

From the steam train experience to old vans appearing in the car park we he'd a fun filled day. The volunteers are very freindly and knowledgable, this is our second visit and we expected a short stay, nope it was all day, we visited the...More

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear George S, Thank you for submitting such a positive review of our railway. We do hope you can visit us again in the near future. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

Having seen this on Groupon for a while we finally decided to visit with the kids. Best value with a Groupon voucher - around £20 for a family. Lovely, cared for trains which we all loved. Yummy cake, chocolate and drinks on the Pullman carriage....More

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Hoonaloon, Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of our railway. We are glad you had an enjoyable time and it would be lovely to welcome you back in the near future. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

From beginning to end this was a most engaging relaxing day. The staff were very welcoming enthusiastic and knowledgable which made the trip on the heritage railway all the more interesting. It was wonderful to travel so leisurely through the beautiful countryside in true nostalgic...More

2  Thank Julie E
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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Julie E, Thank you so much for submitting such a positive review of our railway. It was our please to see you and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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Reviewed April 27, 2018

Fantastic ! What a freindly interested bunch of people work and volunteer on this line - which only opened in 2011. It was only diesel the day we visited but my husband was permitted to sit with the driver (not drive!) and we all had...More

Thank diana h
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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2018

Dear Diana H, Thank you for submitting such a lovely review of our railway. We are glad you had such a good time. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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Reviewed April 22, 2018

A special afternoon meeting friends to go on a train drive through beautiful countryside - and ending with a magnificent High Tea in the static Pullman Carriage. Friendly and informative staff.More

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2018

Dear Davidecolyer, Thank you for writing such a positive review about your experience at our railway. We are glad you had such a good time and it would be our pleasure to welcome you back in the near future. With very best wishes, Tom Tait...More

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Reviewed April 21, 2018

Just had brilliant (belated) birthday treat, an excellent railway trip in a classic train, followed by an excellent high tea in a Pullman coach. The level of care take by the staff could not be surpassed and the whole afternoon had a wonderful, vintage atmosphere,...More

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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2018

Dear DibbleDibble, Thank you so much for taking the time to write 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 again. With very best wishes, Tom Tait...More

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