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Dean Forest Railway

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Address: New Mills Forest Road, Lydney GL15 4ET, England
Phone Number:
+44 1594 845840
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11:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description:

A heritage railway running through the Forest of Dean run by volunteers....

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, Bygone Branchline days and Sanata Specials for Xmas.

At Norchard we have a large free car-park, a well stocked shop selling a vast array of books, toys and gifts - as well as a fascinating museum transporting you back in history! Our southern terminus at Lydney Junction is only a 2 minute walk from the mainline Lydney station - and through ticketing is available - so you can buy a ticket from Birmingham to Parkend!

Every penny spent goes towards restoring heritage rail travel.

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Great trip and my dog Marley came too!

I had a very enjoyable trip on the Dean Forest Railway and Marley had his own ticket for £2. I left it until the afternoon to travel, and feel that this would have been better in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Jane H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had a very enjoyable trip on the Dean Forest Railway and Marley had his own ticket for £2. I left it until the afternoon to travel, and feel that this would have been better in the morning as you can get off at the towns and explore and then catch the next train back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I happened to be in the area so on the off chance I called in. Very surprised to find it open in February and in full steam! Will come back in the summer for a proper look. £12 for an all day pass is fantastic value. Loved it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely morning with our two young girls on the steam train, it was an enjoyable experience and we would recommend to others. The staff were so friendly and willing to share their interest and answer questions. The journey and views were super enjoyed with snacks and drinks from the train refreshments!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We visited here and went on the steam train ride. It was good, maybe a bit overpriced. The museum was fascinating though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Well what a treat, brilliant breakfast at the cafe, well cooked in good time excellent value and in pleasant surroundings, staff were very friendly and inviting. Would recommend the cafe for all.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

My daughter booked the Santa Special for 21st Of December - she travelled with three little ones from Chepstow where we then walked to the Lydney Steam Station- we thought it was odd no one else was there . After an hour no sign of any train and all of us cold . As there is no Mobil signal in... More 

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3 Thank DeeeCee
chepstu, Manager at Dean Forest Railway, responded to this review

Sorry - we are at a loss with your review. We certainly ran 3 trains on the 21st December and carried many happy customers - and Santa, so can't understand your comments. We'd welcome the chance to speak with you to see what went wrong - please could you call the shop number 01594 845840 and speak with James. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We visited yesterday to see Father Christmas, it was a fantastic trip, all the staff and helpers were brilliant. With 7 excited children and 4 excited adults we were all very well looked after. The train was in good condition and the warm mince pie was a very welcome treat. I would definitely recommend for next year and booking is... More 

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chepstu, Manager at Dean Forest Railway, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments - very much appreciated More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We took our 2 year old today for the santa special. The train looked awesome as we walked in. The carriage was clean and comfortable. Santa took time to talk to the children and the gifts were great. Lovely Christmas music and the atmosphere was great. The guys driving the trains were very friendly and said to come to the... More 

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chepstu, Manager at Dean Forest Railway, responded to this review

Lovely review, thank you. Nice to see the loco boys joining in the festivities! More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Visited the railway and went on a lovely ride on the train, cafe was in a railway carriage the last time I went and lovely staff volunteers. This time seems to be run as a business with the queues are allowed to build up with unfriendly and saw them be rude to people, It is unfair on the railway to... More 

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chepstu, Manager at Dean Forest Railway, responded to this review

Thanks for the comments, and pleased to see the main event of the train ride was good. It is tricky to deal with large numbers in the cafe - but there is no excuse for being rude - we are looking into it and have fed your comments back. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Booked this trip some months ago and took friends visiting the area,daughter and grandchildren so cost a fair amount. VERY disappointing no atmosphere, no heating fleeting visit from a Santa who although friendly enough appeared rushed and harnessed. No time to get a hot drink before the ride due to long wait at the cafe then when we stopped in... More 

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