Choo choo! 10 fantastic days out with trains for families in and around Sheffield and South Yorkshire including museums, miniachure railways and steam trains


Who has a child obsessed with trains? ME! My toddler loves trains and let’s be honest, they are pretty cool! Here are 10 places you can go for a day out that include trains of all shapes and sizes.

Elsecar Heritage Railway, Barnsley.

10 fantastic days out with trains for families

This is a really great place. Elsecar heritage railway is at the back of Elsecar heritage centre; which is open daily. Although the trains run on a timetable, you can go and see the steam trains any time the heritage centre is open. You can’t ride them outside of their timetables but there is sometimes engineering works being done on them, they are in steam and it’s good for picture opportunities. There are picnic tables where you can sit and eat whilst watching the trains which will make any toddler train spotter happy!

10 fantastic days out with trains for families
When the railway is open, visitors can ride old steam trains on a 1 mile route and enjoy one of their themed services such as Easter Specials (with Easter bunny) and Winter Warmer services (which include a hot drink). Check the timetables to find the next events.

Read my blog on our steam train ride in Elsecar here.

Kirklees light railway, Clayton West.

Yorkshires biggest little railway and a great day out, Kirklees light railway in Clayton West near Huddersfield is loads of fun! There are five steam trains to ride, cafes, playgrounds and shops. In the summer families can enjoy a picnic and make a full day of it. There are 3 timetables and a busy calendar of special events throughout the year.

Keighley & Worth valley railway, West Yorkshire.

Keighley and Worth runs for 5 miles long and is famous from the 1970 film The Railway Children. There are 30 locomotives at KWR and 6 train stations. Along the line at the stations are museums, attractions, cafes, pubs, Haworth village, playgrounds and more. Explore the line and stations here. This is full packed day out for all the family with enough to keep everyone entertained. Timetable here and events calendar is here.

North Bay Railway, Scarborough.

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This historic miniachure railway in Scarborough is open daily from April 1st. Trains have been running since 1931 and there are many attractions to see such as Peasholm Park and the historic water chute. There are many special events throughout the year and you can find the timetable here.

I really enjoyed reading this post from one of my favourite bloggers North East Family fun about their Scarborough holiday.

National Railway Museum, York.

york railway museum

National railway museum in York is loved by all ages and suitable for all the family. Kids love getting to see, touch, go inside and gawp at a huge collection of real trains from all over the world. There is a good play area with wooden train table set and role play ticket booth. There is a miniachure railway to ride outside in the yard for £3 (under 2s free). The museum is free to visit.

Abbeydale miniachure railway, Sheffield. 

Real mini steam train rides in Sheffield, tucked away in S8. This is a real hidden gem! There are two steam locomotives to ride here at this miniachure railway. It is completely non for profit and when the railway is open for visitors there are ice creams, refreshments, and souveniers. There is free parking, lots of picnic space and tickets start at £1.50. Check here for ride times timetable.

Rother Valley Miniachure railway, Sheffield.

Rother Valley Country Park is home to Basil the diesel train which runs on a 800m track near the main lake. It is open daily throughout summer and weekends in autumn. Return adult prices start from £2.50.

Buxton pavilion gardens miniachure train

The miniachure train in Buxton Pavilion Gardens is centrally located and costs £1 per person for a ride. It is open school holidays and week ends. Pavilion gardens is beautiful, an historic venue with 23 acres of gardens to explore. Kids will love the train ride and play area.

Read why I love Buxton Pavilion Gardens in this post.

Bridlington land train.

These novelty land trains ride along Bridlington promenade. There are two trains that link Bridlington town centre to Sewerby Hall. They run daily from Easter to September and rides start from £1.50.

See photos from our holiday in Bridlington here.

National emergency services museum, Sheffield.

There is a large model railway in this fantastic museum. Please check with the museum before visiting to see if it is working. You can see pictures and video of it in my blog post here.

So many to choose from! There are many more great places in Yorkshire to learn about, ride and see trains. Check here for a guide on train attractions on Enjoy your visits!

Thank you for reading.

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  1. Raining day is very boring and I can not go out to have fun when I am convenient!

    These trackless train in the theme parks are really great fun and I can have great fun in the parks no matter what weather it is!

    Thanks for your sharing! 🙂

  2. Raining day is very boring and I can not go out to have fun when I am convenient!

    These trackless train in the theme parks are really great fun and I can have great fun in the parks no matter what weather it is!

    Thanks for your sharing! 🙂

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