Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, situated in Irchester Country Park, is an excellent little museum on the site of the original ironstone railway, that is home to a collection of working steam and diesel locomotives.
It is a working museum of the industrial narrow gauge railways of Northamptonshire and the East Midlands, with 8 locomotives in the collection, 7 powered by steam, the other a diesel engine, plus over 30 items of rolling stock! There is a 300 yard length of track that is laid to the metre gauge, which was used by the original Wellingborough Iron Company. Additional gauges found at the museum are 3 feet (91.4cm), 2 feet (60.9cm) and 20 inches (50.8cm).
Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum has an interesting collection of industrial artefacts, displays, and exhibits, plus a life size diorama of a quarry! During the Summer, you can see Locomotive Demonstrations on the last Sunday of the month.
You can really make a day of it if you explore the rest of Irchester Country Park, which has a Visitor Centre, a lovely network of walks, and a children's play are set in a woodland and grassy setting.
Please note the limited opening times, the museum is only open on Sundays.
Open Sundays 10.00am – 5.00pm (10.00am – 4.00pm in winter)
No mention of prices; they ask you support them by buying yearly membership.
Irchester Country Park,
Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum has not told us about their parking.
No, there are no toilets available.
No, there are no baby changing facilities.
Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum has not told us if you can bring a picnic.
Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.
No, Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is not wheelchair friendly.
No, Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum have stated they are not pushchair friendly.
Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum has not told us if they are dog friendly.