Choo choo! 10 fantastic days out with trains in and around Sheffield

10 fantastic days out with trains in and around Sheffield

Who doesn’t love a day out with trains?!

All ages love a day out with miniature trains, steam trains, land trains… and every type of train! My toddler loves trains and let’s be honest, they are pretty cool!

Here’s a roundup list of the top days out with trains in and around Sheffield.


Abbeydale Miniature Railway, Sheffield S17 3LB

Sheffield & District Society of Model & Experimental Engineers railway is tucked away behind the trees in the S8 area just off Abbeydale Road South. This is a real hidden gem and highly recommended!

It is a complete non for profit, society run attraction who work closely with local community, model engineers and Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity. There is no admission fee and you only pay for the train rides. There is a little tuck shop selling refreshments/ice creams.

There is free parking, lots of picnic space and tickets start at £1.50 for a train ride. The smell of the trains and the atmosphere is really lovely and it makes a wonderful day out.

Abbeydale Miniature Railway is only open on select Sundays throughout the year and is closed after summer until March (with the exception of a Santa special). Check here for ride times timetable.

Rother Valley Country Park miniature train, S26 5PQ

rather valley train

Rother Valley Country Park is home to Basil the diesel train and Bluebell the electric Loco, which runs on a 800m track near the main lake. There is a playground, a cafe and a small animal farm, too.

It is open daily throughout summer 10:30am-6pm. And weekends in autumn. Return adult prices start from £2.50.

Elsecar Heritage Railway, Barnsley S74 8HJ

Visiting railway: free. Rides typically from £5 adult and £2.50 child.

10 fantastic days out with trains for families
Elsecar Heritage Railway, Barnsley

This is a really great place. Elsecar heritage railway is at the back of Elsecar heritage centre; which is open daily and has lots to do and see. You can have a whole day out at Elsecar. Although the trains run on a timetable at special events & open days,, 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, you may be able to spot one 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.

Kirklees Light Railway, Huddersfield

Kirklees light railway

Yorkshire’s biggest little railway and a great day out, Kirklees light railway in Clayton West near Huddersfield is loads of fun!

Kirklees Light Railway is 3 ¹⁄₂-mile long 15 in gauge minimum gauge railway in Kirklees. There are five steam trains to ride, cafes, playgrounds and shops.

The trains run from Clayton West Station to our Shelley Station terminus. “The journey one way takes approximately 25 minutes and a return trip can be completed in 65 minutes if you’re short on time”.

Kirklee’s Light Railway are the closest attraction to Sheffield for Day Out With Thomas events; I highly recommend for Thomas fans!

In the summer families can enjoy a picnic and make a full day of it with 2 outdoor playgrounds, a miniature railway, a cafe and gift shop. There is a busy calendar of special events throughout the year.

Cleethorpes Light Railway, DN35 0AG

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Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

This seaside railway is an award winning day out for all ages. What a brilliant find; we love it on both of our visits and can’t wait to go back again.

The railway is a 4 mile journey along the picturesque seaside front of Cleethorpes, through trees and past the lovely Lakeside to the Signal Box Inn pub, up to Haven Thorpe Park. It’s one of Britain’s oldest seaside miniature railways.

Keighley & Worth valley railway, West YorkshireBD22 8NJ

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.

North Bay Railway, Scarborough YO12 6PF

Thanks to www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk for this lovely picture!

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 at the railway such as Peasholm Park, Sky Trail Adventure and historic water chute.

Dogs are 100% welcome and ride for free! Hehe.There are many special events throughout the year.

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

More days out with trains near Sheffield, South Yorkshire:

National Railway Museum, York.

york railway museum

National Railway Museum in York is loved by all ages and suitable for all the family. We love getting to see, touch, go inside and gawp at a huge collection of real trains from all over the world.

There is a nice little play area with wooden train table set and role play ticket booth. Don’t miss the miniature railway to ride outside in the yard for £3 (under 2s free). I also recommend the free demonstrations, we like the turntable one. The museum is free to visit open daily and is a must visit for all ages!

Buxton pavilion gardens land train

The little land train in Buxton Pavilion Gardens costs £1 per person for a ride. It is open school holidays and weekends. It’s pretty fun!

Pavilion gardens is beautiful, an historic venue with 23 acres of gardens to explore. Kids will love the train ride and play area. The playground equipment is so nice and bright. This is a really nice day out.

Read why I love Buxton Pavilion Gardens in this post.

Bridlington seaside land train

These novelty land trains ride along Bridlington promenade. There are two trains that link Bridlington town centre to Sewerby Hall. It’s such a lovely journey across the seafront. Trains run daily from Easter to September and rides start from £1.50.

Sewerby Hall is lovely and has a little zoo, historical gardens, hall and cafe. We got the train to and from Sewerby Hall which was definitely a highlight of our visit.


So many to choose from… so many trains and so little time! 😉 My personal favourites are Abbeydale Miniature Railway and National Railway Museum.

It is worth mentioning MSI Museum in Manchester, too, which is located at the first ever railway in England and has the old railway lines still there. Plus old steam trains and engines in the Old Power House. I really recommend this. MSI is free to visit and one of our favourite museums.

Do you know of any I’ve missed which you recommend?! Please let me know! We love trains and hope to visit lots of new places with steam trains and miniatures this year in 2019.

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3 thoughts on “Choo choo! 10 fantastic days out with trains in and around Sheffield

  • April 19, 2017 at 2:38 am
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    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! 🙂

    Reply
  • April 19, 2017 at 2:48 am
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    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! 🙂

    Reply
  • April 25, 2017 at 2:06 am
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    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! 🙂

    Reply

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