Places of Interest

From museums to the best places to spot your favourite train, places of interest is a growing collection of all our favourite rail locations around the country.

Aberdeen

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Aberdeen Station

Dunnotar Castle, Stonehaven, Aberdeen
A guide to Aberdeen's attractions
UKCities
57.149717
-2.094278

Aberdeen

5 W North St

Aberdeen

Aberdeen City

AB24 5HT

Beamish Museum

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Newcastle Upon Tyne Railway Station

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In the railway station yard there is a variety of wagons on display. Under the footbridge (from Crook) the line extends to the far end of the town, a distance of ¼ mile. The line used to connect to the colliery sidings until 1991 when it was lifted so that the tram line could be extended. Regular steam operation ceased in 1995 due to the lack of permanently available working locomotives. From the nearby Bowes Railway, Andrew Barclay locomotives No. 22 and W.S.T. have made visits in recent years
RailwayMuseum
54.8817732
-1.6582429

Beamish Museum

County Durham

Durham

DH90RG

Tel: 0191 370 4000

Fax: 0191 370 4001

Email: museum@beamish.org.uk

Website: http://www.beamish.org.uk/contact-us-1-2-3/

Birmingham

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Birmingham New Street

Birmingham
A guide to Birmingham's attractions
UKCities
52.486243
-1.890401

Birmingham

60 Aston St

Birmingham

West Midlands

B4 7DU

Birmingham Railway Museum

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Tyseley Railway Station

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It occupies part of the former Great Western Railway's depot, which was constructed in 1908 as a result of expanding operations in the West Midlands, particularly the opening of the North Warwickshire Line as a new main line from Birmingham to Bristol. As well as supporting the trust's operating wing Vintage Trains the museum is home to an extensive collection of steam engines, ranging from small industrial builds to Great Western Railway 'Castles' and 'Halls', and large ex-main line diesel eng
RailwayMuseum
52.4539256
-1.8455326

Birmingham Railway Museum

640-644 Warwick Rd

Birmingham

West Midlands

B11 2HL

Tel: 0121 707 4696

Website: http://www.shakespeareexpress.com/tlw/brm.htm

Blackpool

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Blackpool North Station

Blackpool Pleasure Beach in evening
A guide to Blackpool's attractions
UKCities
53.821272
-3.055453

Blackpool

180-182 Promenade

Blackpool

Lancashire County

FY1 1RJ

Bournemouth

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Bournemouth Station

Chain Link Ferry, Bournemouth
A guide to Bournemouth's attractions
UKCities
50.719164
-1.880769

Bournemouth

4 Terrace Rd

Bournemouth

Bournemouth

BH2 5AN

Brighton

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Brighton Station

Beach huts in Brighton
A guide to Brighton's attractions
UKCities
50.84294
-0.131312

Brighton

70 Hollingdean Terrace

Brighton

Brighton and Hove

BN1 7GD

Bristol

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Bristol Parkway Station

Bristol
A guide to Bristol's attractions
UKCities
51.454513
-2.58791

Bristol

4

Bristol

City of Bristol

BS1 6FS

Cambridge

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Cambridge Station

Cambridge University, Trinity College, Cambridge
A guide to Cambridge's atractions
UKCities
52.205337
0.121817

Cambridge

22 St Andrew's St

Cambridge

Cambridgeshire

CB2 3BU

Cardiff

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Cardiff Central Station

Cardiff Bay Millenium Centre, Cardiff
A guide to Cardiff's attractions
UKCities
51.481581
-3.17909

Cardiff

5 A4161

Castle

Cardiff

CF10 3YB

Crewe Heritage Centre

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Crewe Railway Station

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The Crewe Heritage Centre, formerly the Crewe Railway Age is a railway museum, located in Crewe, England. The Railway Age was rebranded to its original name of Crewe Heritage Centre in early 2008. It is administered by Crewe Heritage Trust Ltd.
RailwayMuseum
53.094259
-2.4367677

Crewe Heritage Centre

Vernon Way

Cheshire

CW12DB

Tel: 01270 212130

Website: http://www.creweheritagecentre.co.uk/

Darlington

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Darlington Station

New millerdam - darlington
A guide to Darlington's attractions
UKCities
54.5235537345205
-1.5592308095703178

Darlington

132 Northgate

Darlington

Darlington

DL1 1XA

Darlington Railway Centre & Museum

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station North Road Railway Station

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Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, also known as Head of Steam, is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway which was the world's first steam powered passenger railway. Run by Darlington Borough Council the museum is located in the northern suburbs of Darlington in the ceremonial county of County Durham, England.
RailwayMuseum
54.5358313
-1.5544173

Darlington Railway Centre & Museum

North Road Station

Darlington

DL36ST

Tel: 01325 460 532

Website: http://www.darlington.gov.uk/Culture/headofsteam/welcome.htm

Derby

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Derby Station

Derwent Reservoir Peak District, Derby
A guide to Derby's attractions
UKCities
52.92253
-1.474619

Derby

7 Morledge

Derby

Derby

DE1 2AW

Didcot Railway Centre

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Didcot Parkway

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Didcot Railway Centre, located in the town of Didcot in the English county of Oxfordshire, is based around the site of a comprehensive "engine shed" which became redundant due to the nationalisation of the UK railways, as well as the gradual switch from steam to diesel power.
RailwayMuseum
51.6109791
-1.2428063

Didcot Railway Centre

Didcot

Oxfordshire

OX11 7NJ

Tel: +44 (0) 1235817200

Fax: +44 (0) 1235510621

Email: info@didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

Website: http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/#

Edinburgh

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Edinburgh Haymarket Station

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
A guide to Edinburgh's attractions
UKCities
55.953252
-3.188267

Edinburgh

2-4 Waterloo Pl

Edinburgh

Midlothian

EH1 3TE

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Porthmadog Railway Station

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The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest railway company in the World still running trains, being founded by Act of Parliament in 1832. The railway was built as a gravity and horse drawn line to transport slate from the quarries in the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog. As the slate industry flourished, so did the railway and the town of Porthmadog. Slates from Blaenau Ffestiniog were exported all over the globe - many in ships built in Porthmadog.
RailwayMuseum
52.9241144
-4.1266432

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Ffestiniog Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station

Porthmadog

LL49 9NF

Tel: 01766 516000

Fax: 01766 516005

Email: enquiries@festrail.co.uk

Website: http://www.festrail.co.uk/

Gatwick

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Gatwick Airport Station

Airport, Gatwick
A guide to Gatwick's attractions
UKCities
51.15183
-0.184828

Gatwick

Control Tower Rd

Horley

West Sussex

RH6 0LD

Glasgow

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Glasgow Central Station

Glasgow
A guide to Glasgow's attractions
UKCities
55.864117
-4.251806

Glasgow

253 Buchanan St

Glasgow

Glasgow City

G2 3NY

Great Central Railway

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Loughborough Railway Station

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The Great Central Railway (GCR) was a railway company in England which came into being when the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway changed its name in 1897 in anticipation of the opening in 1899 of its London Extension (see Great Central Main Line). On 1 January 1923, it was grouped into the London and North Eastern Railway. Today, small sections of the main line in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire are preserved; see Great Central Railway (preserved). Several other sections of GCR
RailwayMuseum
52.7683422
-1.1966944

Great Central Railway

Great Central Railway

Great Central Road

Loughborough

Leicestershire

LE111RW

Tel: 01509 230726

Fax: (01509) 239791

Website: http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/

Kidderminster Railway Museum

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Kidderminster Railway Station

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The Kidderminster Railway Museum houses a vast range of railway artefacts, most of which date back to the days of steam travel. From pen nibs to clocks, from signs to signalling equipment, from photographs to timetables and rolling stock - there is a vast amount to see when you visit us. The items in the museum come from all over the country, and are essentially related to the British Isles.
RailwayMuseum
52.3847467
-2.240354

Kidderminster Railway Museum

Kidderminster Railway Museum

Station Approach

Comberton Hill

Kidderminster

Worcs.

DY10 1QX

Website: http://www.krm.org.uk/

Leeds

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Leeds Station

Leeds Museum, Leeds
A guide to Leeds' attractions
UKCities
53.799639
-1.549122

Leeds

74 The Headrow

Leeds

West Yorkshire

LS1 5AL

Liverpool

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Liverpool Lime Street

albert dock liverpool
A guide to Liverpool's attractions
UKCities
53.410777
-2.977838

Liverpool

Hunter St

Liverpool

Merseyside

L3 8JR

London

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station London Paddington

Big Ben London
A guide to London's attractions
UKCities
51.500152
-0.126236

London

St Margaret St

London

Greater London

SW1P 3JX

Manchester

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Manchester Victoria

Manchester
A guide to Manchester's attractions
UKCities
53.480712
-2.234376

Manchester

63-67 Piccadilly

Manchester

Greater Manchester

M1 3BE

Mid Hants Railway Ltd 'The Watercress Line'

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Winchester Station

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Let off steam and travel by one of their lovingly restored Steam trains through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside. It’s the perfect way to unwind and witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of steam travel from a bygone age.
51.089151
-1.161902

Mid Hants Railway Ltd 'The Watercress Line'

3 Station Rd

New Alresford

Hampshire

SO24 9JG

Tel: 01962 733810

Fax: 01962 735448

Email: info@watercressline.co.uk

Website: http://www.watercressline.co.uk/Home

Milton Keynes Museum

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Wolverton Rail Station

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The Museum is located in the peaceful surroundings of Stacey Hill Farm.
RailwayMuseum
52.056314
-0.802947

Milton Keynes Museum

McConnell Dr

Stony Stratford

Milton Keynes

Buckinghamshire

MK12 5EL

Tel: 01908 316222

Email: info@mkmuseum.org.uk

Website: http://www.mkmuseum.org.uk/

National Railway Museum Shildon

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Shildon Railway Station

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It is home to several locomotives from the National Collection, including a replica of Timothy Hackworth's Sans Pareil. The original engine was built to compete in the Rainhill Trials, and is also at Shildon. These trials were to decide which engine was used to operate the intercity passenger railway between Liverpool and Manchester. After 175 years of absence from the town, residents were delighted at her return. The originalSans Pareil now sits proudly in the Locomotion "Welcome" building.
RailwayMuseum
54.6271939
-1.6417695

National Railway Museum Shildon

National Railway Museum Shildon

NRM Shildon

Shildon

Co Durham

DL4 1PQ

Website: http://www.nrm.org.uk/NRM/PlanaVisit/VisitShildon

National Railway Museum York

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station York Railway Station

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The National Railway Museum (NRM) is a museum in York forming part of the British National Museum of Science and Industry and telling the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society. The NRM in York displays a collection of over 100 locomotives and nearly 200 other items of rolling stock, virtually all of which either ran on the railways of Great Britain or were built there.
RailwayMuseum
53.9598
-1.09771

National Railway Museum York

Leeman Rd

York

York

YO26 4XJ

Website: http://www.nrm.org.uk/

Newcastle

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Newcastle Station

The Sage Music Centre, Newcastle
A guide to Newcastle's attractions
UKCities
54.97784
-1.612916

Newcastle

14 St Mary's Pl

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tyne and Wear

NE1 7PB

Norwich

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Norwich Station

Norwich Castle - Norwich
A guide to Norwich's attractions
UKCities
52.628101
1.299349

Norwich

33 King St

Norwich

Norfolk

NR1 1PL

Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Nottingham Railway Station

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The Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre is a museum of local transport history based at Ruddington in Nottinghamshire, England on the same site as Rushcliffe Country Park. It houses a collection of steam and diesel locomotives, and is currently the northern terminus of the Great Central Railway (Nottingham). A nine-mile section of standard gauge track runs south from Ruddington, towards Loughborough. The NTHC also houses a classic road transport collection.
RailwayMuseum
52.8893163
-1.1428346

Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre

Mere Way

Ruddington

Nottingham

NG116NX

Tel: 01159405705

Email: info@gcrn.co.uk

Website: http://217.158.157.207/railways/GCRN/index.htm

Oxford

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Oxford Station

The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford
A guide to Oxford's attractions
UKCities
51.752276
-1.255824

Oxford

3 Turl St

Oxford

Oxfordshire

OX1 3DX

Preston

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Preston Station

Preston Minster, Preston
A guide to Preston's attractions
UKCities
53.757729
-2.70344

Preston

45 Fishergate

Preston

Lancashire

PR1 8BU

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Ravenglass Railway Station

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The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway opened on May 24th 1875, its purpose being to ferry iron ore from workings near Boot to the coast at Ravenglass. On November 20th 1876 the first passengers were carried. Built to a gauge of 3 feet (910mm), problems soon arose relating to the iron ore and the line was declared bankrupt as early as 1877. The line finally closed in 1913.
RailwayMuseum
54.356797
-3.409282

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Station Hill

Muncaster

Ravenglass

Cumbria

CA18 1SW

Tel: 01229 717171

Fax: 01229 717011

Email: steam@ravenglass-railway.co.uk

Website: http://www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk/index.html

Reading

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Reading Station

Outdoor Music Festival, Reading
A guide to Reading's attractions
UKCities
51.455041
-0.969088

Reading

8 High St

Reading

Reading

RG1 2EA

Ribblehead Station Visitor Centre

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Ribblehead Railway Station

Ribblehead viaduct by Phil Marsh
The Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust’s (S&CRT) stated purpose is ‘Conserving and interpreting the Heritage and History of The Settle and Carlisle Railway’ and in 2012, they are providing short breaks to sample the railway’s atmosphere.
RailwayMuseum
54.201784183691224
-2.3667364868164054

Ribblehead Station Visitor Centre

Ribblehead

Chapel Le Dale

LA6 3AS

Severn Valley Railway

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Kidderminster Railway Station

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The Severn Valley Railway is a heritage railway in Shropshire and Worcestershire, England. The 16-mile (26 km) line runs along the Severn Valley from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, following the course of the River Severn for much of its route. Train services are hauled predominantly by steam locomotives; however diesel traction is also sometimes used. The railway is one of the most popular heritage railways in the country.
RailwayMuseum
52.3757906
-2.3071117

Severn Valley Railway

The Railway Station

Bewdley

Worcestershire

DY121BG

Tel: 01299 403 816

Website: http://www.svr.co.uk/Default.aspx

Sheffield

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Sheffield Station

Sheffield Park House, Sheffield
A guide to Sheffield's attractions
UKCities
53.383055
-1.464795

Sheffield

High St

Sheffield

South Yorkshire

S1 2GD

Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Swindon Railway Station

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Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. The Museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway - 'God’s Wonderful Railway' - a railway network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was regarded as the most advanced in the world.
RailwayMuseum
51.5633574
-1.7954318

Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway

Kemble Drive

Swindon

SN2 2TA

Tel: 01793 466637

Website: http://www.steam-museum.org.uk/

Stephenson Railway Museum

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Percy Main Railway Station

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The museum opened in 1986 to commemorate local railway pioneers George and Robert Stephenson, and to provide a permanent home for the museums rail transport collections. It is on the site of the former Tyne and Wear Metro test track. George Stephenson lived locally from 1802 until 1823 and Robert, his son, was born during this time. The Museum is home to George Stephenson's Billy, a forerunner of the world- famous Rocket. 'Billy' is joined by many other engines from the great age of steam inclu
RailwayMuseum
55.0166076
-1.4975436

Stephenson Railway Museum

Stephenson Railway Museum

Middle Engine Lane

North Sheilds

Tyne and Wear

NE29 8DX

Tel: (0191) 200 7146

Fax: (0191) 200 7144

Website: http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/stephenson/

Stockport

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Stockport Station

Lyme Stock Hall, Stockport
A guide to Stockport's attractions
UKCities
53.408488
-2.149293

Stockport

7 Spring Gardens

Stockport

Greater Manchester

SK1 4BT

The East Lancashire Railway

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Bolton Street Railway Station

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The East Lancashire Railway is a heritage railway in Lancashire and Greater Manchester, England.
RailwayMuseum
53.5936152
-2.2996604

The East Lancashire Railway

Bolton Street

Bury

BL90EY

Tel: 0161 764 7790

Website: http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk/

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Cross platform interchange at Aberystwyth

Vale of Rheidol Railway
Twelve miles of some of the finest scenery in Britain . . . and twelve miles back again!
RailwayMuseum
52.4114045
-4.0806075

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Park Avenue

Aberystwyth

Ceredigion

SY23 1PG

Tel: 01970 625 819

Email: info@rheidolrailway.co.uk

Website: http://www.rheidolrailway.co.uk

Wakefield

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station Wakefield Westgate

Bretton Hall Wakefield
A guide to Wakefield's attractions
UKCities
53.682965
-1.499097

Wakefield

4 Wood St

Wakefield

West Yorkshire

WF1 1HB

York

Distance miles

Nearest Train Station York Station

Yorkminster Signposts - York
A guide to York's attractions
UKCities
53.957702
-1.082286

York

4 Nessgate

York

York

YO1 9FY

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