This was my first visit to Crich and at my first impressions were that it was really good, but after we had looked in the gift shop, explored the exhibition hall and tram sheds and been for a ride on a tram, I realised that we had seen almost everything. We made 2 visits to Rita's Tea Room because that was the only place where food and drink were available. The first time we both enjoyed a slice of delicious lemon meringue pie and then at lunch time we both had a rather ordinary toasted ham and chutney Panini. Apparently, the pub does some refreshments, but is not open every day and was not open the day we were there.
After lunch, we had a look in the printing shop, which was interesting but really only killed about 10 minutes. Then we had 2 more tram rides. On the first, we had a particularly chatty driver who was more than happy to answer my husband's questions, show him around the cab and underneath the tram and this is what makes a visit worthwhile. The staff and volunteers are all brilliant and the place is beautifully laid out, but the trams only travel a short distance and the only attraction at the other end is a woodland walk (not appealing on an unseasonably cold and rather drizzly day). Also, in low season there are only 2 trams running. It is a lovely place, and I am glad we went, but it could be even better. For an entry fee of £13 each, I was disappointed to run out of things to see and do after only a couple of hours. Probably more fun on a day with nicer weather and more trams running.
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