I was so impressed with our little visit to Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield! I’ve been wanting to go for a while, but had to admit, as hadn’t heard many people talk about it and couldn’t really work out what it was or why you would go there for a day out, I just put it off. Which is silly, I know, because I usually am so spontenous! I guess, because I live so close, I just thought oh, I’ll get around to it eventually!
Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield: What you should know before you go about this hidden gem
Abbeydale Miniature Railway is a non-for-profit, REAL railway in Sheffield just off Abbey Lane. There are a variety of small, real steam trains to ride on for only £1.50. The whole place is secluded in Ecclesall Woods and it’s so quiet. when you arrive, you can’t really believe it exists and you haven’t been before. There are little trains going everywhere, busy tracks and so much to look at in all directions. There isn’t just ONE railway line and ONE train; there’s loads! It’s amazing.
Getting there is very easy. The entrance to the railway is on a normal residential street (Abbey Lane) and is the typeof thing you will easily walk past without batting an eyelid. I got a bus which stopped right outside on the opposite side of the road… I’ve lived in Sheffield all my life, but couldn’t work out on a map where it was. How had I not seen a railway before even though I had been on a bus down this road hundreds of times!? The entrance in stuck behind trees, it’s like a secret. There was an A board outside pointing down in the middle of the path so I turned in and it was a small car park. I walked 1 minute in woodlands and I saw them: miniature trains going in all directions. Watch the video to get a feel real of what it is like.
It isn’t the sort of place you spend ages at; the only thing to do there is ride on the trains. but they’re so cute and it’s amazing to just watch them… I could personally spend all day just looking at them rolling around the railway. they seem to rotate the ones running, there’s a variety of miniature steam trains in all different colours and sizes. I’m not a miniature steam train enthusiast but I’m sure there’s specific names for them.
It’s fun for all ages. toddlers and kids love it… being able to sit on the trains and go around, watching the trains, there is a model railway, picnic space and a little kiosk selling refreshments/lollies and ice creams. adults love it because it’s unique and fun… who doesn’t love going on a little novelty steam train and waving at everyone as you go past. don’t lie to yourself, it’s super fun! haha.
it was £1.50 a ride and the trains went around the track about 3 times, which was brilliant; definitely worth the money. I rode on two different trains, so had 6 goes around in total, and we had a picnic. I was there for a birthday party and the venue couldn’t have been better on a sunny day. the railway do not charge for birthday parties and don’t do private hire or anything, so it is very relaxed and a good option to just take a picnic, BBQ and invite friends/family. it was a really nice atmosphere and unique fun for the kids.
Definitely check it out if you haven’t already. It’s a cheap day out and if your kids love trains they won’t believe it. The railway is only open between 1pm-5pm on specific dates, they do Santa specials in December and do not open in November. Do check their website. here is a timetable I picked up:
Have you been? Do you have a miniature railway close to where you live? Make sure to watch the video if you didn’t already:
Thank you for reading!
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