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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
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Very friendly place

Not one of your state of art restored railways but an enthusiasts dream. Charming staff always... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
DinagGO
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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
Super

Last time I travelled on this line it was by BR now its private and so well run. The DMU was in... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Howard-Liverpool
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Liverpool, 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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“buffet car” (22 reviews)
“afternoon tea” (25 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Not one of your state of art restored railways but an enthusiasts dream. Charming staff always ready to chat The round trip doesn’t take long so a visit here won’t use up a whole day. Cafes serving yummy cakes at each stop

1  Thank DinagGO
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Last time I travelled on this line it was by BR now its private and so well run. The DMU was in terrific condition clean and comfortable the staff were extremely friendly an vey informative, Worth a little extra to go in the incline line...More

Thank Howard-Liverpool
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a great day visiting this hidden gem heritage line, without seeing it on Groupon wouldn't have known it was even there, and so close to home.will definitely return once new buildings are in place.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my father here on good Friday after seeing an advert in the Derbyshire times. From the minute we stepped onto the station, everyone went above and beyond all expectations. Nothing was too much trouble. We went into the buffet car first, my dad...More

Thank georgygirl1968
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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Georgygirl1968, It was our pleasure to welcome Dad and you to our railway and we are so glad we were able to facilitate a cab ride which brought him so much joy especially with his deteriorating health. Thank you so much for taking the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I arranged an afternoon tea and train ride for my friend's hen party and it was absolutely wonderful. The staff (especially Eric and Leigh) were lovely and helpful throughout and on the day itself they couldn't be more accommodating for our group. It genuinely was...More

Thank Mszwl
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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Mszwl, Thank you so much for your kind comments and it was great to hear you had such a good time. To be honest, we don't have many hen parties at the railway. I think you are the second group. If you have any...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I bought my sister this experience for her birthday present and I must say what an absolutely wonderful time we had yesterday. The guy's there couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. My sister drove the steam train for approximately two hour's and for the...More

2  Thank Zoe T
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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Zoe, Thank you for your lovely review of our railway. We are so happy you had such a good time and it would be our pleasure to welcome you back again soon. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff in shop all 3 couldn't even say hello. Rude basically uninterested. Disabled toilet is not at all accessible. Cafe was closed at a bank holiday weekend. Pathways strewn with items. As a visually impaired visitor the site was inaccessible to me.More

Thank Ted B
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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your critique. I will deal with each point you raised:- The reputation of our railway is one of being a tourist destination where our visitors are always treated in a warm friendly way. But that is just not me saying that, please...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I enjoyed a pleasant return trip from Duffield on this one of the lesser known of the heritage railways. My companion is visually impaired and a registered blind person and the staff showed every kindness and consideration to us. The Ecclesbourne valley...More

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

Dear Stephenduce, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our railway. We pride ourselves on treating our visitors in a warm and friendly way and its comforting to know that was your experience. We are working hard to develop...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a morning ON this beautifully restored old railway. Did the return journey to Duffield without a stop off as the weather was inclement! The staff were amazing, friendly, knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the railway! A great morning out for young and old!

Thank Rob S
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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Rob S Thank you for writing such a positive review of our railway. We do hope you can visit us again soon. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

I knew nothing about this line before we turned up for a day's outing. The staff were so welcoming and friendly, and couldn't do enough to make our visit memorable. The little shop/ticket office is fascinating and on purchasing our tickets the gentleman inquired what...More

3  Thank rowly52
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Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Dear Rowly52, Thank you so much for sparing the time to write such a positive review of our railway. We are glad you had such enjoyable time with us and it would be our pleasure to welcome you back again in the not too distant...More

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