The Ruislip Lido Railway | Day Out With The Kids

The Ruislip Lido Railway

4 star Rating 4 / 5 1 reviews

Ruislip, Greater London, England

  • Families on train at The Ruislip Lido Railway
  • Trains at The Ruislip Lido Railway in Ruislip
  • Trains at The Ruislip Lido Railway

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

The Ruislip Lido Railwayis a 12 inch (305mm) gauge railway that is operated entirely by volunteers, and is the longest exact railway of its kind in the UK!

The line runs from the main station at Woody Bay, by the beach, on a 1.02 mile (1.64km) track around the reservoir, passing through Ruislip Woods to Willow Lawn Station (previously known as Ruislip Lido), which is close to the car park. Here you can watch the loco being turned on the turntable, ready for the return journey. The 2.5 mile (3.28km) round trip takes about 35 minutes, and offers some inexpensive fun for all ages.

The service is normally operated by one of their large diesel locomotives. On summer Sundays and Bank Holidays, their steam locomotive 'Mad Bess', which is a half scale version of the Ffestiniog Railway locomotive 'Blanche', may pull the train. All of the locomotives are wheelchair, pushchair, and buggy friendly.


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

Getting There and Contact Information


Reservoir Road, Ruislip, Greater London, HA4 7TY, England


Click here to visit The Ruislip Lido Railway's website
01895 622595

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Term Time
Saturday to Sunday from 12:00

School Holiday
Monday to Sunday from 12:00


General Admission
Adults (16+) from £2.00 
Kids (3-15) from £1.50
Family (2 adults, 2 kids OR 1 adult, 3 kids) from £6.00

More Information

Parking facilities

Car park charges apply.


Lovely afternoon out.

4 star Rating 4 / 5

Written by HazelFletcher . 15.07.17

Between the train, walks, lido and splash pool - you can't go wrong visiting Ruislip.