Marple Centre Play and Train | Day Out With The Kids

Marple Centre Play and Train

Stockport, Greater Manchester, England

Attraction Information

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  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas icon Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Ages: 0-12

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

With a miniature railway, indoor play facility and small animals to look at, this makes Marple Garden Centre a rather understated moniker!

The charming Dragon Miniature Railway houses a small fleet of 7.25 gauge engines which offers rides around the exterior of the garden centre! It's a reasonable distance incorporating some fairly steep gradients and pretty sharp curves, plus a tunnel and a bridge, so it's a surprisingly decent train ride to find at a garden centre! Plus from April through October you can disembark at the far end of the track and use the picnic area and green space to stretch your legs and bellies before catching the next little train back again. Nice!

There's also a children's play area which is a fairly small and simple affair with the usual play equipment like slides and balls, but considerately structured and pretty to look at, aimed at under 6s. It's certainly enough to use as a bargaining chip with small kids in exchange for getting to hang around the centre afterwards, shopping!

Speaking of which there's the large titular garden centre to explore plus a big pet shop which one might subtly use as a mini beast zoo for the really young ones! And a family restaurant too in which one can use the free WiFi service and enjoy kids' and main menus.


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Dooley Lane, Otterspool, Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK6 7HE, England


Click here to visit Marple Centre Play and Train's website
0844 288 5024

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Railway & Play Area
Term Time
Saturday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
School Holidays
Monday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:30


General Admission
All Ages (2+) from £1.00

Last Entry

10 minutes before attraction closes

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Weather policy

The attraction will close due to extreme weather.