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Midland Railway - Butterley

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Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ, England
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Lovely cheap day out

I decided to bring my 3 yr old 9month and 2 year old nephew. They were all free to get in. So it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Leanne N
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Accessible toilet accessed over rough ground. Of no use. Disability unfriendly

To get to the accessible toilet which is inaccessible you need to walk ,get over rough potholed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ted B
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Manchester, 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%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible10%
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“signal box” (22 reviews)
“puppet show” (11 reviews)
“narrow gauge” (10 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ, England

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I decided to bring my 3 yr old 9month and 2 year old nephew. They were all free to get in. So it could me a tenner for the 4 of us. Stations are very clean and well staffed. Lots of interesting things to look...More

Thank Leanne N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To get to the accessible toilet which is inaccessible you need to walk ,get over rough potholed muddy soil. Rails round sink stupid,what are you doing here. Bluebadge parking inaccessible gate locked. Car park unsurfaced and accessible up stairs. Cafe is very dear for basic...More

Thank Ted B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I use to love going to butterly as a child, but will definitely not be returning after today. As we both had easter Sunday off which is rare, we decided to have a lovely day out and a walk along the railway. Upon the arrival...More

Thank Tim K
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This is spread over quite an area, having 3 stations along it's track. There are ample items of interest in their train museum, plenty of picnic areas to sit outside in. They also have quite a good length of narrow gadge rail.

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Had another to the railway today. Saw Sam the very polite and friendly ticket collector. He was looking very smart in his uniform and we commented how his friendly and informative job makes it a pleasure to come to the railway. We are looking forward...More

2  Thank mjw1840
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

lovely place lots to see and do. beautiful steam trains and suitable for the very young and old alike. very goid tea rooms and lovely little gift shop

1  Thank jewlswatson59
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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic evening, loads to do and fireworks were epic. Although more food trailers were needed as I swear I saw a guy still in the queue an hour later 😂

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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Fun place to take a little ride on the train and a good museum. Fair price and I would say a fun place to take young children.

1  Thank Angelazein
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Took my grandchildren on the Santa Special train and they loved it, the middle one especially enjoyed the puppet show at the end. Thankyou for the experience

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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

My son who is 8 said he thoroughly enjoyed it. He liked Santa (although what he asked for came as a potentially expensive shock!) And we were well-catered for. There was music on the period coaches, but it was a bit painful when the staff...More

Thank Neil W
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nette7
14 October 2017|
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Response from poppytilly | Reviewed this property |
I did see an engine in the siding with a Gordon face but it was on the tracks. I presume they will do Thomas weekends would be worth a phone call first hope to that helps 😊
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sammieb87
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.
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599charles
12 January 2015|
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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
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