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Nice day out with little ones

Great for little kids. Norchard station has a lot of old things in display so it is a real step... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Katy B
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Abergavenny, Wales, United Kingdom
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Improving.....good day out!

It irks me a bit to read of people complaining that this attraction isn't good value for money. It... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
nessief
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Worcester UK
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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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New Mills Forest Road, Lydney GL15 4ET, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my mum for a cream tea on the steam train, what a fantastic experience!!! Service was excellent, the ride through the stunning Forest of Dean was incredible and the staff and volunteers are warm and friendly. This is a MUST for anyone visiting...More

Thank curlybadger1
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can’t believe the few snobbish people on here slagging off this lovely bit of heritage run almost completely by volunteers. I thought the £15 for a whole days ticket was well worth the money especially considering how much it must cost for the upkeep...More

1  Thank Shandy501
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A large group of us visited intending on spending the majority of the day getting on and off at each station to view the many things (allegedly) available to explore at each stop. I have to say we were quite disappointed as the only stop...More

Thank ecalpem0s
Reviewed 8 June 2018

We were blessed with a beautiful day on which we travelled on this train from a bygone era. The scenery was superb and there was a buffet car. There was an opportunity to prebook an afternoon tea to be taken on the train. We saw...More

1  Thank Lynda B
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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

I payed £65 for my family to go on this magical experience. Magical is completely the wrong word for this awful trip. After reading good reviews we decided to book it up. This was our first visit to Forest of Dean railway so didn’t know...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Complete shambles kept stopping, late start, missed Norchard as desiel engine brought to rescue us. Apparently ran out coal and couldn't make steam. Short run 4 miles not worth extortionate fare

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

A really lovely place to take children. Lots of stops to get off and walk around. Well stocked cafes and train buffet with various items including local beer and cider. The bluebells and wild garlic along the tracks and deer added to the enjoyment. Would...More

2  Thank WiltshireLuxury
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Great for little kids. Norchard station has a lot of old things in display so it is a real step back in time. The train journey isn't too long so they don't get bored. I recommend timing it so you can book a table at...More

Thank Katy B
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

It irks me a bit to read of people complaining that this attraction isn't good value for money. It is if you see it for what it actually is.....a heritage rail way run by volunteers. If you want your ankle biters totally entertained with no...More

1  Thank nessief
Reviewed 6 May 2018

Visited today with Grandson as it was PJ Mask weekend. Interesting museum but very disappointed with the children side of it. Two tents, one with a bouncy castle, another with some chairs, a man in the corner where you could buy a balloon which he...More

Thank jax208
James G, Manager at Dean Forest Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

We're sorry to hear that our PJ Masks event didn't live up to your expectations. We did have an emcee, who should have introduced Owlette & Catboy, but will make sure that he does for any of our future events. Magicol, who was doing the...More

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purplesmiler82
20 May 2018|
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Response from Stuart W | 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
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richardpretious
5 May 2018|
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Response from James G | 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
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richardpretious
5 May 2018|
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Response from James G | 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
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