Find steam and diesel heritage railways, railway museums and other train days out in the UK to delight the children with our Trains For Kids Days Out Map. Simply type in a postcode, town or county, select how far from there you want to travel and it will show you which of our collection of 150 attractions fit the bill. Click on the green markers for details and then Find Out More to read our reviews on how to make the best of these days out for train loving kids.
About the Trains For Kids Days Out Map
There are over 150 different attractions on the Trains For Kids Days Out Map. They range from standard, narrow gauge and cliff railways, to railway and transport museums, to theme parks and holiday park lines.
Please be aware that certain lines have multiple stations that can be departed from but this map shows the main one. Every effort has been made to check the accuracy of each location, but please ensure you check the website of the place you intend to visit to check for specific direction advice. If you spot any mistakes or think something extra could be added, please let us know in the comments below.
Tips for Diesel and Steam Train Days Out
How close the steam and diesel railway is to your home or holiday house has a great bearing on which you choose. There are other things to bear in mind though.
First, how child-friendly is the railway. The answer is that almost always they are, but use the Trains For Kids Days Out Guides or the railway’s own website to check out things like whether pushchairs can be taken on the trains, what facilities are available at each station and where you can eat, pick up drinks, buy gifts and so on.
A second consideration is do you want a steam train, diesel train or mix of the two. Some only have one type, while many alternate between a steam train and diesel somehow. Again, check the railway’s website for specific running times and what engines are running. The larger ones tweet this on the day too, including if there are unexpected changes.
Thirdly, size matters. Standard gauge, narrow gauge and miniature railways all offer great but different experiences. A full-size steam train offers (typically) a longer, faster trip in carriages often adorned with the paraphernalia such as adverts, maps and timetables. It’s more like taking a step back in time than narrower gauge railways. Narrow gauge railways, though smaller, are more intimate both when inside the smaller carriages but also when looking at the engines. Children can peer inside and get a real idea of what’s going on. Miniature railways may not be suitable for younger children, especially those that are simply sit on to ride rather than pulling single file carriages.
Next, do you want a theme to your steam train days out? Thomas The Tank Engine, Peppa Pig and many others visit the heritage railways with regularity, while the railways put on their own child-friendly events too. Typically the former will cost more and be busier but usually with good reason.
Finally, look into how much there is to do at the site (museums, model railways, signal boxes, playgrounds) and near it to plan a full day.
Tips for Railway and Transport Museums
There are fewer options for railway and transport museums so location and what they have on display will be major considerations. For the latter you should consider not just the regular exhibitions (and whether they are appropriate for you child or children’s age) but any special ones being done on certain weekends and for school holidays. Don’t forget to check how much is inside and how much is outside, especially if the weather could be poor.
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Among the other articles you might like on Trains For Kids are:
10 tips to get the most out of visiting steam railways with the kids – Some must do things to ensure the whole family enjoys your day out on the trains.
Hunting for a way to get the kids out of the house – A review of the Great Railway Treasure Hunt, which produces great quiz sheets for many steam train days out in the UK.
Ideas for days out that don’t just involve trains – Some ideas for days out that will entertain train-loving kids but aren’t yet another heritage railway
Let us know what you think of the map and about your best days out below.
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