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A Hidden Gem

Lived in the area all my life and never visited, decided to take my elderly father and what a great... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
sproz
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Lancashire
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Great place to visit

Plenty of free parking. Perfect place to go when raining. All indoor attractions except the... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Heidi M
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All reviews buffet car free face painting mile round trip train enthusiast short train ride unlimited train rides teddy bears picnic little boy run by volunteers small cafe staff were lovely bank holiday weekend couple of hours on display great visit excellent value great afternoon
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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Lived in the area all my life and never visited, decided to take my elderly father and what a great afternoon, much better than expected, recommended especially for kids or big kids who like steam trains.
Extremely good value too. A big thanks to all the volunteers who run it.

Thank sproz
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

Distinct lack of welcome little information. The cafe not very interesting or welcoming
Could do with a lot more customer focus

2  Thank Thomas S
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Plenty of free parking. Perfect place to go when raining. All indoor attractions except the platform. My 2 year old daughter loved looking at the trains as they all had faces on over the bank holiday weekend for the Mr Ribble friendly engines event. A few interactive displays and colouring tables. Free face painting. Miniature tracks on display. My daughter got very excited when the train arrived at the platform. Jumped straight on to explore the carriages. There were a couple of carriages with seats and tables, a buffet car, and one with private compartments. Plus a disabled access carriage. When the train was setting off, lots of whistling, steam and you could smell the coals. Very authentic and lovely atmosphere. The track is 3 miles long so the journey takes 15 minutes each way. When the train returned we had a chance to take photos and have a look at the engine. Lovely place to visit for a couple of hours. We would have stayed longer and gone on the train again if we had time. Ticket includes unlimited train rides.

Thank Heidi M
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Reviewed August 23, 2018

very friendly staff, small engines as well as full size.a good place to take the family.pay once and ride all day.refreshments not to pricey

Thank Margaret C
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Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

Terrific venue. Bags of free car parking. Helpful staff. Museum is big and the locomotives and rolling stock all easy to see. The steam ride is great fun. Not far, but far enough to smell the smoke and steam and to ride in a ‘real’ carriage too. This is a ‘wow’ place for kids, especially
the younger age groups. Lots of noise and steam and really big stuff to touch and see. Great value, great place to visit for an afternoon! Highly recommended.

Thank tsarovich
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Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

They have a small but interesting museum with some interactive stands. The workshop is also worth a visit. Train ride takes about 25 minutes and shows the docks in a new light. I went to a fascinating talk/slide show on the Sentinels and hope they do more talks in the new Explorer Suite. The staff are all very friendly and the cafe should not be missed.

Thank bikerdave2016
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Reviewed July 21, 2018

Hop on the steam train for a fun ride back in time - choo-choo! You can also watch how the driver operates the train (detaching/attaching the engine to carriages, changing tracks, pumping water, etc.) and learn about steam trains and how they work. The ticket allows you to hop on the train as many times as you want (the train service is every one hour). There is also a small indoor museum with various engines and carriages and plenty of activities for kids. Highly recommended for train lovers.

Thank polyksena
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Reviewed July 7, 2018

Third time we've been and thoroughly enjoyed it again.
Different exhibits and things going on in the workshop,super 150 year old loco in action pulling lovely restored carriages with buffet bar around the marina.
Ideal for both railway enthusiasts and families.
A well run attraction with very pleasant staff !

Thank KIPPERLEE
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Reviewed July 6, 2018

Visited the Steam Railway with our train mad boys. All the staff were so welcoming and prepared to take the extra time to speak to our boys (who are both severely autistic) and let them experience everything is their own special way. As we were there first thing in the morning it was quite quiet and the driver even let my son get on the footplate of the train - it completely made his day. Lots to see and do for young or old, the train enthusiast or the mum there to support the family! Would recommend to all.

Thank Carol I
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Reviewed June 16, 2018

My daughter and I visited one Sunday we had a snack in the cafe and a look around the museum then a ride down the line in a nice coach behind a lovely little shunting engine

Thank Chris P
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