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“Worth a visit”
Review of Middleton Railway

Middleton Railway
Ranked #34 of 152 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

Took our Grandson, he loved it; cost £10 for 2 adults & 2 Children - then ride on the train all day if you really want (from the station to Middleton Park (well, ok it's a bit of long up hill walk to the lake & visitor centre - all down hill on the way back!!) We took a picnic spent an hour in the park, then back on the train again. The staff were brilliant and took lots of time to explain everything to everyone young or old! Nice little shop/entrance & small activity area for colouring/drawing. Some great old trains (lovingly restored) to look around.

Visited July 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“interesting, enjoyable and fun”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

Run by volunteers, this place is brilliant. There's a cafe, a small area to entertain a toddler and a shop. But the best bit (before you get to the trains) are the displays telling you all about the history of Middleton Railway and the engineers that influenced the development of trains and railways throughout the world. There are a number of restored locomotives; steam and diesel to look at and climb aboard and explore further. A regular train service runs from the museum to Middleton Woods, check their website for times, dates and the type of train. It would be very easy to take a picnic to the woods or eat in the cafe, making a day of the experience before catching a train back. I can't emphasise enough what an amazing job the volunteers are doing. Well worth a visit for train buffs, excited toddlers and anyone interested in the history of the local area.

Visited July 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Favourite day out for Grandson”
Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

I grew up here this was my play ground railway worked then but you couldn't go on it. There were slag heaps from the pit, but once you got into the park it was magical.. we now travel here go on the steam railway that I must say is fantastic not the longest ride ever but great for young children and enthusiasts. This is the WORLD'S OLDEST RAILWAY Continually running from 1753. Lots of other trains all renovated. We walk up to Middleton Park through the woods beautiful. Lovely park and on a Sunday afternoon usually something going on. Little cafe open PM run by volunteers. Then back through the woods back on train perfect day.

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Nottinghamshire
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121 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A nice venue”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

There is a lot to like about this place. They have obviously put a lot of effort into the attraction and try their best to give you a pleasant visit.
Plus points:
The museum is well laid out and clean. Good signage and very informative.
A lovely little ride behind the steam engine in converted vans.
Well stocked little gift shop.
Lovely staff who are very helpful and polite and care very much about the railway.
Downsides? I'd have to say that the catering is limited so be warned. Hot and cold drinks, snacks and cakes are available but nothing more substantial.
One thing that did annoy me slightly was that when we visited it became apparent that there was an Easter bunny event going on. We weren't made aware of this when we brought the tickets (despite buying a child's ticket). It was only once on the train that we realised and our son was completely ignored. Thankfully he didn't seem to notice, but I did.

Visited April 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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“Best saved for sunnier days!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had a really good time here. The museum was really good and wasn't too much for our two young children, but big enough to keep us adults entertained for a while.
The trip on the train was really great and the staff are ever so helpful and polite.
Unfortunately, the weather was atrocious when we visited so we had to return straight back to the museum after the train trip, although I'm sure had the weather had been brighter, we'd have got off at the park and enjoyed ourselves with a picnic and a play.
We still had fun though and there was a fair bit of hands on stuff for the kids to do. But I think it'd be better if the weather was dry!

Visited April 2014
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