Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum
4.5
About
Located in the heart of the countryside, the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum is Suffolk's only standard gauge steam railway. Known locally as the 'Middy', this quaint little line running from Haughley to Laxfield opened in 1904, firstly for freight and later for passengers. The line closed in 1952 and the track was lifted; however in the early 1990's a group of enthusiasts decided to revive this forgotten piece of Suffolk history, firstly as a museum and later by adding a demonstration line for visitors to experience rural travel on vintage trains. The work of the museum was recognised when the Middy was declared the winner of the Suffolk Museum of the Year Award for 2014. Today the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum is a registered charity and while the museum may be small, visitors can look forward to a big welcome from our voluntary staff. Upon purchasing your ticket you are able to ride the trains as many times as you wish. We have a well-stocked shop, real ale bar and tea room.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles111 reviews
Excellent
78
Very good
17
Average
6
Poor
7
Terrible
3

Christine S
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This review is actually about the Santa special,I admire the volunteers and people who run this railway immensely but the Santa special was a bit of a disaster sadly,my own fault I expect for not researching more but I was expecting a steam train ride lasting a bit longer than 4 minutes,and possibly something on the side of the tracks for the children to see like a wooden reindeer or something .I think that they were having a bad day as they seemed very disorganised.It was just a few minutes on a train ,10 minutes waiting on a platform then about 35 minutes or more sat in a carriage ,not good with a restless 3 year old with nothing to occupy her at all .Unfortunately they had a problem with the Christmas presents from Santa they weren’t with him so had to return to museum to pick up the gifts but unfortunately there was not one for my grandaughter so they had to quickly search around I think to find one and she ended up with a gift that was not age or girl appropriate ,luckily she was tired so wasn’t too worried about the
Gift which will have to go into a cupboard for two years ! if she had opened it on site I would have returned it but my daughter said they obviously had nothing else for little girls so would not have been any use to do that.All in all a very disappointing after noon regarding the Santa special. The steam train itself is of course very beautiful and the staff were all nice and I like their enthusiasm for their hobby but not a very memorable Santa trip .
Written 17 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

614annie
Colchester, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Mid Suffolk Railway Museum put on an excellent day of great interest and fun. They have a really good layout there. The day was filled with things to see and do and there was a 1940's feel to it all with the Dads Army and British and USA forces represented. The songs of wartime britain rang out across the area. The cafe catered admirably and was well supported. Lovely day out with the kids and it was all made better by the beautiful sunshine that kept up all day also, not to forget the extra special treat of the flypast of World War Plane - The Spitfire.
Written 2 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

cableguy66
Ashby, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This railway is so badly run its unreal.

The website never has up to date information. I visited due to their advertising that they had a special visiting engine and this was the last time to see it before it left.

On arrival there was no sign outside stating that it was not running so I paid to go in only to find the engine wasn't operating.

Feeling cheated I sent feedback using the online contact form and latterly by email to the chairman.

They have not even been good enough to answer my justified criticism.

So my advice is to give this place a miss, there are much bigger and better heritage railways in easy distance. The rides here finish as soon as they have started and the management attitude to the public quite simply means they do not deserve to succeed.
Written 4 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

David B
Bristol, UK450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I have been before and it is best to remember that this is a railway museum rather that a railway ride. The actual track is about 1/4 mile long and simply disappears out of sight! The track has been extended to about double that and will be brought into use when costly legal work is complete. The train itself is from the past and this is perhaps the point of this place that the items are museum pieces which you can travel in. 4-wheel carriages dating from more than 100 years ago! Tiny quirky engines! There is a small museum, a video show of the Railway that went nowhere [it would be kind to say that when operating it was not a great financial success opening in 1908 and closing 1952!

The staff are lovely. I confess that as I bowled along in the car about halfway there I suddenly realised that the tickets I had paid for were still at home. No problem to the staff - thanks! There is a cafe and a bar in a grounded carriage with lovely local beers. They have one engine under repair and the workshop is open to see [and marvel at] progress!
Written 9 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Derbyshireflyboy
Needham Market, UK573 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We visited the Railway on a Sunday billed as bus day. There were TWO buses (only one to ride on) a coach, a post office van and a one very old car ! which was a bit disappointing. The bus ride was fun but we were annoyed that tickets were not checked and a couple of passengers had not bought a ticket.

The cafe could have been okay, but the only gluten free food was one choice of cake. They could have made an extra tenner out of us if they had bought a loaf of G/F bread at least. This is very poor for 2021 and leaves visitors feeling unwelcome and un catered for

. The train ride was interesting if a little short (I know plans are afoot to extend) Overall it was a nice afternoon, but The catering left a lot to be desired and the BUS exhibition was less than impressive.
Written 10 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

traveller900000
East Anglia158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Huge thanks to the entire volunteer team at the Middy, for a fantastic day today. Their Train Driver Experience was a gift to my Dad for his 70th.

My Dad and the rest of the family, including two young children and two small dogs, were warmly welcomed by everyone at the Middy.

So much care was extended to us all. Not only was everyone so friendly, but we also learnt a huge amount.

I cannot recommend the Train Driver Experience highly enough. We had the entirety of the Middy to ourselves and it was not just a hugely special day for my Dad, but for all of my family too.

Massive, massive thanks to an absolutely lovely and dedicated group of people
Written 7 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SamandHector
Fareham, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A fabulous day out for family and railway enthusiasts. All the volunteer staff were most welcoming and friendly and the disabled member of our party was really looked after. Thoroughly recommended.
Written 1 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sharon S
75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
A Big Thank You to all the volunteers who have worked so hard to make it possible for this little station to open again.
Visited today, June 1st, and all the precautions and measures you had put in place, made it safe and a lovely day.
The exhibits, stands and displays were set out well and lovely to look round.
The food being served from the Café was excellent.
We always enjoy our days out here and so decided to become members a month ago.
Keep up the good work and we'll be visiting again soon.
Written 31 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TallPaulDiss_Norfolk
Diss,Norfolk7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
What an absolute treat, all the volunteers/staff dressed in period costume and delivering us to Santa at the North pole. Live steam engine and appropriate rolling stock, and a story teller when we got back to the yard. Santa was great what's not to like. We'll be returning when open season starts. Only gave it 4stars because it's only a half mile run, but I understand they have acquired another half mile, permissions pending.
Written 29 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Roger G
Hemel Hempstead77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
All the volunteers were pleasant and really enjoyed sharing their railway with the members of the public. The day that we visited was special event day so there were 3 locomotives in steam and Seraphite just on display. There were agricultural machinery and a large steam roller as well as some vintage cars. The cafe was very busy serving drinks and snacks. The home made sausage rolls were delicious and served hot. The train ride is quite short but there are plans to extend the line in the future. The beautifully restored coaches truly represented the type that would have been used on this railway many years ago. There is small workshop where a steam locomotive was being restored. There was also some diesel locomotive on display. Lots to see and I have not even mentioned the museum, the real ale carriage and the model locomotives also on display. Well worth going on an event day.
Written 11 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 111
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

MID SUFFOLK LIGHT RAILWAY MUSEUM: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

All things to do in Stowmarket
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire