Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Isle of Wight Steam Railway
4.5
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Step back to a bygone era when steam power was the order of the day. Thrill to the sight and sound of powerful majestic steam engines and breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and discover an idyllic view of the Island’s unspoilt countryside. Keep an eye out for a red squirrel or deer darting away from the train as you pass through ancient woodland. Our Locomotives and Carriages have all been painstakingly restored to pristine condition and are the hallmark of our delightful railway. Our oldest locomotive was built in 1876 and carriages date back to 1864! The railway is more than just a train ride - most visitors spend at least 3 hours with us; some stay all day. Explore our Train Story Discovery Centre, our fabulous indoor museum which brings the story of the Island's railways to life. Don't miss our daily falconry displays at 11:40 and 13:40 each day.
Wootton, England

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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cheryl N
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Very well priced and easy to find. Dog friendly and beautiful carriages. The history was very well explained and laid out and all the staff were very friendly
Written 12 April 2024
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Val
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a nice way to pass a couple of hours, starting with an hours gentle trundle through the countryside. There's a really interesting exhibition about how the carriages are being restored, and the staff are smiley & friendly. It's an all round good experience.
Written 11 April 2024
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James G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
One of the best steam railways in the country, especially for children. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride and the museum and a surprise Easter egg hunt. The dedication of the team to preserving part of our transport history is amazing. Thank you!
Written 7 April 2024
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clarehurd78
Stafford, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We came here from Shanklin and had prebooked first class tickets. This means that you have to get on at the main station, therefore we got a taxi from Shanklin costing £25.00 which was fine. If you haven't prebooked you can get a train that goes between Shanklin and Ryde and get off at Smallbrook junction to meet the steam railway. The railway is very interesting with plenty to do and lots of hands on things, we were allowed a round trip in first class then as many trips as we wished in standard class. We also enjoyed a falconry display. You can visit the bird of prey place but it is a separate business and costs £7. The falconry display is free. The food here is a little expensive so if there are a few of you a picnic may be better. The staff here are so happy and cheerful, very helpful and informative. We really enjoyed ourselves.
Written 4 April 2024
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Katywilliams25
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Such a great day out. The kids loved it and the effort put into the Easter hunt was really enjoyed by them all. We were delayed on our ferry and they moved the booking for us, which was really good of them. Thanks to everyone
Written 30 March 2024
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Laura L
United Kingdom39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A really great visit. Lovely train journey, we went the whole line back and forth. Great to see inside the shed where repairs were taking place and the museum was great, few interactive parts for children were brilliant. Cafe was wonderful, reasonably priced, falconry show and shop also great. What really stood out though was just how friendly and helpful every single member of staff was, from staff on the platform standing in the pouring rain to the cafe staff. My young daughter was having a hard time by the time we sat for lunch and staff went out of their way to cheer her up and cook something slightly off menu. Really just a wonderful day, would definitely visit again.
Written 29 March 2024
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Journey296531
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had a lovely day for new yr special today! Couldn’t fault the service and staff all amazing, were brilliant when we needed to swap our ticket over due to illness and my son even got a present and note from santa still! Excellent value and a magical trip for my 2 yr old son, highly recommend
Written 1 January 2024
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Boromir G
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
What a birthday blast we had on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in October! Let me tell you, this railway is one of the best days out we've ever had.

Big thanks to Harriet for helping us plan this epic day. We indulged in a charming Edwardian hamper on the train, which was a first for us and totally worth it. Plus, I got to ride on the footplate of a steam train! (Booked with the team by my wife) The train driver, Pete Taylor, and fireman, Neil Rees, were the ultimate hosts and made us feel like VIPs.

The shop staff were super friendly and helpful. Di even surprised us with the suggestion of the 'Birthday Train' headboard on the train! And a special mention to the fantastic Jake and Mark Williams for their top-notch hospitality throughout the day.

The whole team at the railway is amazing. We enjoyed it so much we visited again in the same trip. Now we're planning our next visit! Definitely a MUST visit when on the island. 5 stars all round!
Written 30 December 2023
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Jet564308
138 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We visited here on 31 20.23. The railway wasn't overly busy so easy enough to get tickets etc.
Parking was no problem and there is a voluntary donation box for parking fees.
I was disappointed with the pricing. In our party there was 1 child, 1 senior and 2 adults. 1 of the adults and the senior have mobility issues and have blue badges etc.
There was a couple at the next window who also had a blue badge. The man that served them said ok 1 adult and 1 carer. They quickly showed the man the badge with no other documents etc.
I said to the lady serving us that 2 of our party were blue badge users and could show her the badges if necessary. She said well I can't give you a carer ticket as you need to be in receipt of carers allowance. CA is not available if you earn over £139 however I still care for 2 disabled people. She said no letter no carers ticket. I accepted this but was upset when the couple at the next window just showed their blue badge and got a carers ticket. It shouldn't be a lottery as to who serves you and whether you get a carers ticket.
I was tempted to ask why buy just left it as it's stressful enough looking after those with additional needs and a child as well.
The museum part with the carriages is fabulous as is the holiday carriage.
The cafe was small so felt a bit crowded however the food and drinks were very nice and reasonably priced.
There was a bird of prey demonstration which was excellent. There is no charge but you can donate to the sanctuary and also you can visit the sanctuary if you have the time.
You are allocated a carriage which is for your party only so that was very pleasant.
I felt the cost expensive for a relatively short journey though.
Steam trains are amazing so it's good to see a Heritage railway on the Island.
There is a small gift shop and an area where you can see the railway carriages being restored.
I would have given it 4 stars if it wasn't for discrepancies between how 2 different blue badge users were charged despite both having just a blue badge. I appreciate there are rules but they should be consistently applied.

Written 11 November 2023
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Lynn K
Faversham, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Very friendly and chatty staff as we were waiting in line . Trains lovely . We had food in cafe which was delicious. Lovely train ride
Written 25 October 2023
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