Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield: What you should know before you go

I was so impressed with our little visit to Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield! I’ve been wanting to go for a while, but my gosh do I wish I had gone sooner!

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Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield: What you should know before you go about this hidden gem

Abbeydale Miniature Railway is a non-for-profit, REAL miniature railway in Sheffield just off Abbey Lane, S17 3LB.

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 of miniature trains zipping around everywhere! It’s amazing.

Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield
Sign to the railway on Abbey Lane

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.

Parking is free but limited on field next to the railway. Buses 97, 98 and 218 stop outside entrance on Abbeydale Road South.

Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield

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.

Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield
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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. It’s super fun!

Top tips for your visit to Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield:

Take cash!

Take a picnic.

Be prepared to queue for the train rides.

Take a rubbish bag and make sure you remove all your waste before you leave because there is no bin lorry collection on site.

On a sunny day take sun cream and hats, it can get very hot with limited shade.

See the working model train railways.

If you’ve forgot something, there’s light refreshments, ice cream and souvenirs at the kiosk.

Expect to be there for a few hours.

Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield
Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield

Train rides are £1.50 all classes and the trains went around the track about 3 times, which was brilliant. 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.

Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield
Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield

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:

Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield
Abbeydale Miniature Railway timetable, Sheffield

Have you been? Make sure to watch the video if you didn’t already:

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Thank you for reading!


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