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“Cheap but cheerful”

Crewe Heritage Centre
Ranked #3 of 31 things to do in Crewe
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Crewe Heritage Centre, built to commemorate 150 years of the town of Crewe, was opened in 1987 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Based in a truly unique location, right in the heart of the Grand Junction Railway. Our site is connected to the mainline railway network with the result that we have frequent visiting main line steam and Diesel locomotives present on site in addition to our own collection of rolling stock. We also have three spectacular Miniature Railway's, offering 3.5", 5" and 7.25" gauges. We offer the facility of hiring the site out and have worked with rail industry and non-rail industry partners in the past. If you are interested in hiring the Site or the Exhibition Hall, please Contact Us.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Chester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cheap but cheerful”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

Went for a few hours today. It's nothing special but the passion of the volunteers makes a huge difference. We learnt more than we'd expected to, and there was a quite good range of stuff to look at.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank DaviesHQ
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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396 reviews
272 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“A bit tired but very interesting”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

We visited today in the pouring rain, we didn't do too much research beforehand because we thought that being a railway town the place would be bustling with exhibits, it wasn't. In the main display hall there were very interesting photographs and information boards about Crewe's heritage which is what the place is supposed to portray. Having been to many heritage railway lines, stations and museums I would have thought that the township of Crewe would put more money into what would be a place to pull the crowds of enthusiasts in. There is a definite lack of signage to get to the place, when I asked one of the volunteers why he said that the local authority wouldn't pay for them because they attract less than 50,000 visitors per year. Which comes first the chicken or the egg? I don't like doing the place down because the volunteers there do a very good job. we will probably go back again because the entrance fee is very reasonable. We should have allowed a bit more time to see everything in more detail,

Visited August 2014
3 Thank Lewis K
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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Railway Memories”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

My wife and I went to crew last Saturday by private charter train from Bromley South, if you are going by public train it takes approx. 1.5 hours from Euston.
To get to the site from the railway station takes about 15 mins walk for an advanced couple like us, there seems to be adequate parking for those driving to the site.
The entrance fees are very reasonable for this type of attraction, ranging from £3.00 for children/concession - £15.00 for a family of 5, there is plenty to see outside as well as in, a nice cheap café in good setting including inside seating, good clean toilet facilities and the usual gift shop, we were on site for about 4 hours but could have seen more had time permitted, there is a very nice inside view point of Crewe station and a good upper outside viewpoint as well.
Children are catered for with some interactive displays and a quite large Lego type train set.
in my opinion well worth a day out for the family

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Peter74050139
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

Spent an afternoon here last year. Great place for enthusiasts. On day of visit they had Bittern, Tornado & Duke of Gloucester. The signal box was great giving an outward look at crewe station so you see arriving and departing trains. You can get up close to visiting or permanent locos on site. Access to the APT and exhibition hall. Also narrow gauge train for rides. Follow them on Facebook as they sometimes post which locos are visiting! Plus, special events during summer months.

1 Thank Chris P
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A great day out”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

I visited specifically for the Father's Day event with my dad, mum and 11 year old daughter. We arrived at around 10.30 am and before we knew it, it was 4.00pm! The driver experience was great for the chance to drive both a full size engine and the miniature railway. The staff are very friendly, polite and knowledgeable. Of course if you have a rail enthusiast in the family a visit here is a must but there is enough to keep you occupied for a few hours even if you aren't train mad. Overall it's certainly good value for money (especially the driver experience) and a great day out. The National Railway Museum it is not but that's its charm. It's not all shiny and new and so it feels so much more authentic.

Visited June 2014
3 Thank Dozzymac
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