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Dean Forest Railway

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“lydney junction”(67 reviews)
“steam engine”(31 reviews)
A heritage railway running through the Forest of Dean run by volunteers. We now have 5 stations along the line - with great walks and local pubs accessible from many.We regularly have special events - such as visits from Thomas the Tank engine...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
New Mills Forest Road, Lydney GL15 4ET, England
+44 1594 845840
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All reviews lydney junction steam engine norchard station dean forest main station buffet car rolling stock rover ticket branch line well worth a visit santa express step back in time mince pies thomas the tank engine waiting room miners arms run by volunteers
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Reviewed 4 January 2019

Six of us aged from 70 to 7 took the Christmas special. I've read the reviews by disappointed travellers and, frankly, I think people expect a bit much. Its all voluntary guys!! We had a great ride up and down the line, enjoyed the free...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank Dietboy
Reviewed 24 December 2018

We took our two granddaughters on this trip, both aged two, and they really enjoyed it. One was a little frightened by the man in a reindeers suit, but she's a little nervous anyway, the other loved it. All staff are happy and helpful, the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
5  Thank andrewplant2016
Reviewed 23 December 2018 via mobile

The santa train trip at The Dean Forest Railway was a joy! On a very wet day the staff were friendly and informative, Santa Claus (Father Christmas as we know him) was jolly and came bearing very suitable gifts! Dancer the reindeer was very entertaining...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank 736jacquelync
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Throughly enjoyed our trip on this very friendly Railway. All staff (volunteers) went out of their way to make the large number of visitors welcome. Our party was Gran & Bampy, daughter and 3 year old Grandson. Of course it was Bampies and grandsons day....More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank paul_doubler
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Visited Dean Forest Railway today. We've been here before, but this was the first time we tried one of the train rides. Its lovely little place full of character, even on a wet, dreary day like today. The cafe at the station is in keeping...More

Date of experience: October 2018
5  Thank Alun P
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

For as long as I can remember I've been coming to this railway with my parents and now my wife. I'm very pleased to say it hasn't gone the wrong way, it's not too commercialized like many of the other lines are. The staff are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
4  Thank ashleyw495
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

We arrived to fond plenty of parking. While waiting for a train we found thd museum fascinating especially the old, yet working phones. The volunteers we do friendly and helpful throughout our trip. The cafe looked to have a great menu although wr only had...More

Date of experience: October 2018
4  Thank mrtnjay
Reviewed 7 October 2018

This wonderfull steam railway runs on an old BR line which was saved. Normally we start at one end of a line or other but the railway advise starting at Norchard in the middle which we did and advise visitors do the same since this...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank colinandness
Reviewed 1 October 2018

i booked a trip on what i believed would be a ride inside the forest of Dean.What a let down!!!!! going between 3 or 4 stations,the trip must last about 20 minutes ,but the waiting is about a hour or so even more in the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Guy L
JamesG6242, Commercial Manager at Dean Forest Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

We're very sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience. I must confess to not understanding what you mean by 'slums', or not seeing the forest, as our line runs through the forest and is a very scenic branchline. Whilst there are waits at the...More

Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Visited today intending to spend the day hopping on and off the train and going to the end of the line at Lydney, then walking around the circular walk , getting back on the train to return to Norchard. BUT after we bought our tickets...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank tanyg
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20 May 2018|
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Response from chepstu | Property representative |
There is no formal parking at Parkend, as other reviewers have said, just go the 2 mikes to Norchard which is the main operating base and has a large car park
5 May 2018|
Response from JamesG6242 | Property representative |
We have a large free car park at our Norchard Station (on Forest Road, Lydney, GL15 4ET). There is a small car park located near out Lydney Town Station, with very limited space, and no designated parking at our Lydney... More
5 May 2018|
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Response from JamesG6242 | Property representative |
We have a large free car park at our Norchard Station (on Forest Road, Lydney, GL15 4ET). There is a small car park located near out Lydney Town Station, with very limited space, and no designated parking at our Lydney... More