East Lancashire Railway | Day Out With The Kids

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East Lancashire Railway

  • Bury
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

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Jump on-board for a unique family day out that all train enthusiasts will love!

Attraction Currently Closed

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, East Lancashire Railway is currently closed to the public. We'll keep this updated with news of when it might be open again, but always recommend to check before you travel.

Don't worry - you can find lots more great days out in Bury, or you can browse days out all over the UK here.

Attraction Information

All aboard the East Lancashire Railway! Step back in time and enjoy a family day out like no other with a spectacular 12-mile steam train ride through the stunning North West landscape. Your journey will begin in Bury, just 30 minutes from Manchester City Centre, and will take you through many picturesque towns and villages along the way. 

Fancy spending time in the great outdoors? You can hop off at one of the calling stations -  Heywood, Burrs Country Park, Summerseat, Ramsbottom, Irwell Vale and Rawtenstall, and explore fabulous nature trails in the countryside. Plus, you’ll get the chance to see magnificent vintage vehicles and interactive exhibitions at Bury Transport Museum. 

East Lancashire Railway is also famous for hosting some of the best events for train enthusiasts of all ages. From Days Out With Thomas, to Santa Specials, Halloween Ghost Trains and Wizard Activity Days - there’s something to get everyone excited!

  • Visit Lancashire’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in 2018 
  • Steam train rides, dedicated Transport Museum & more
  • Exciting programme of family-friendly events
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Opening hours

Trains run every weekend (including Bank Holidays) all year and Wednesday to Friday from April to September.

Please check website for specific dates, special events, fares and times.


Freedom of the Line tickets
Adult: £16.00
Concession: £14.50
Child (5 - 17 Years): £10.00
Under 5: FREE
Family (2 Adults & Up to 3 Children): £42.00

Travel & Contact Information


Bolton Street Station, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 0EY, England

Phone number

0333 320 2830



Click here to visit East Lancashire Railway's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, East Lancashire Railway is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

East Lancashire Railway has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Dogs are welcome

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