Midland Railway Centre
Telephone: 01773 570140
Whether you intend your visit to be an hour or two or you wish to stay for a full day, here at the Midland Railway Butterley, there are plenty of things to see and do.
It’s a day out for the whole family with model and miniature railways, playground, picnic areas, cafes and a country park as well as heritage steam and diesel locomotives operating and a host of other attractions.
Sometimes you can see special visitors, be it Thomas the Tank Engine, a vintage Steam or historic Diesel Loco.
Take a nostalgic trip on one of our heritage trains, immerse yourself in a heritage railway culture, explore our museums at Swanwick Junction, take a walk in our country park and much more.
The highlight of any visit to Midland Railway Butterley is the Museum at the Swanwick Junction Complex where you alight from your train for a full day out. Every visit is different, with some attractions open on certain days and locomotives and rolling stock being moved.
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It may be worth checking out Midland Railway Centre's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact Midland Railway Centre before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
2016 Opening Details:
The Midland Railway Butterley is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Open: 10am Close: 6pm
At the Midland Railway – Butterley there is food and refreshments available at both Butterley Station and the Swanwick Junction Complex as well as vending machines. There are plenty of places to picnic too. We also operate a wide range of train based catering services. These include afternoon teas (very popular mid-week with visiting groups), children's parties (for that special birthday treat), Sunday lunches and evening charters. In November and December we also offer Christmas Dinner specials with the evening Santa ‘Starlight’ trains and the lunchtime ‘Yuletider’ trains. Some of these services are available for individual or party bookings, whilst others are available with charter services only.
Please advise us of any special dietary requirements.
"Can I have one of those?"
We sell a range of toys, keepsakes and mementos in our two souvenir shops.
"i need a wee"
Toilet facilities are available at Butterley Station and Swanwick Junction for disabled visitors together with baby changing facilities.
"are we there yet?"
From M1 Junction 28 take the A38 exit at the roundabout heading for Ripley / Derby. Continue on A38 until the first major junction. Take the left (signposted Midland Railway Centre) exit onto B6179 (Derby Road) heading for Ripley. Continue on the B6179 to Butterley. The Midland Railway – Butterley is located just over the railway bridge adjacent to Butterley reservoir which is on your right. By Public Transport From Alfreton Rail Station (on the Nottingham/Chesterfield route) - Bus services 91, 92 and 93 link Alfreton Station to Midland Railway - Butterley every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays. Call 0870 608 2608 or go to www.derbysbus.net for details. From Derby Rail Station (on the Birmingham/Sheffield route) - Bus services 91 and 92 link Derby Bus Station to Midland Railway - Butterley every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays. Services 40, 41, 44 and 45 link the Derby rail and bus stations every 7 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 15 minutes Sunday Call 0870 608 2608 or go to www.derbysbus.info for details.
...got any top tips?
Disabled access on trains and around the Midland Railway Butterley is available.
Prices & Admission
Free entry most days.
Train tickets: the cost of train rides depends on the event being run and varies from £10 to £15.50 per adult (discounts are available for the over 60s) and from £5 to £7.75 per child (age 5 to 16). Family tickets (2 adults and 3 children under 16 years old) are available from £25 to £38.75.
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