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Midland Railway - Butterley

Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ, England
+44 1773 747674
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Desperately needs investment

Well what can I say, this place is in desperate need of tidying up and some investment!! We visited... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Nottingham, United Kingdom
via mobile
Loved the sound of the whistle and smell of the steam!

we visited the other afternoon as a party of 4 adults and 3 kids (11,10,and 6) It was'nt cheap i... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bungay, United Kingdom
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The Midland Railway - Butterley is a heritage railway running Steam and Diesel hauled trains that take visitors to our museum complex at Swanwick Junction. Here you can visit our Railway Museum,Coutry Park, Demonstration Signal Box, Victorian Railwayman's Church, the West Shed Experience, home of the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust, Narrow Gauge Miniature and Model Rauilways. Trains operate on most weekends and daily during local school holidays. Check website for details.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average16%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible10%
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“signal box” (21 reviews)
“narrow gauge” (10 reviews)
“puppet show” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ, England
+44 1773 747674

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Well what can I say, this place is in desperate need of tidying up and some investment!! We visited on a weekday during the school holidays and were so so disappointed. I fully appreciated the time and effort and money spent on the restoration of...More

Thank boyle1884
Reviewed 1 week ago

we visited the other afternoon as a party of 4 adults and 3 kids (11,10,and 6) It was'nt cheap i must admit, coming in at about £50 but it was a good place to show the kids something different rather than soft play areas and...More

Thank karljackson50
Reviewed 1 week ago

we came with our grandsons 3 & 6 they loved the train ride . the guy who collected the tickets on the train was really friendly and wished everyone a lovely day . we ordered and paid for the bucket & spade picnic £5.00 each...More

Thank mishka1127
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting place, quite a lot to see although its a look rather than climb on etc. The Swanwick junction site is massive with a huge amount to walk round and see. The trackbed needs a really good strim and weedkill which would help enormously...More

Thank Bill H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came for Firework display here. Well organised and very good display. Have to catch the steam train from Ripley into Butterly which can work out quite expensive to be honest but we enjoyed it nevertheless. Fireworks were to music and lasted around 10 - 15...More

Thank Mandy M
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was the first time for us. We had a little boy of 3 years. The whole day was brilliant. We thought we would be there just a couple of hours if that. Wrong, there is so much to do and see as well as...More

Thank DerbyshireGirls
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An odd contrast that is probably down to a lack of volunteers in that the work done to re-create this railway has been enormous and the excellent free guide shows an exceptional number of places to see and things to do, however the infrastructure seems...More

Thank Rossergruffydd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, they have DMUs as well but a great place to visit. Waiting for the train? Visit either the live steam 00 gauge models chugging round the outdoor track or the 00 layout on the indoor track! Loco today was a GWR tank engine. ......More

Thank Anthony W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A good ride on he train. The break in the journey at Swanwick junction was really good. We got to go on the Signal box, never even knew there were so many fork lift trucks made or so big, lovely little church along with much...More

Thank June W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We called here the other day and had a lovely time. Situated near Ripley in the middle of Derbyshire it's easy to find and has plenty of parking. Great to see all these old trains and carriages. Recommended

Thank Lambers2013
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11 August 2017|
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Response from eric t | Reviewed this property |
You can now get a family ticket through 'Woucher' for £18. I have used this ticket and it is good value.
12 January 2015|
Response from Fairview777 |
Trains depart from the Butterley Station which is on the B6179 just outside Ripley. The site has free parking. The train travels through a long scenic cutting before arriving at the Swanwick Junction site. At this site... More