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The Scarborough Spa Express

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

Attraction Information

While there are plenty of differing trips available, the charming vintage steam engines at the Scarborough Spa Express are perfect for a family trip, what nicer way to enjoy North Yorkshire's glorious countryside and make a trip to the historic city of York or the seaside town of Scarborough, than by traveling on a vintage steam hauled train?

These majestic trains with large picture windows ideal for touring steam out of York in the morning on a circular route calling at Normanton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Wakefield Westgate, Woodlesford, Castleford arriving in York then on to Scarborough, picking up passengers at Knaresborough, Harrogate, and Leeds, before heading back to York and on to Scarborough.

Some of the many highlights include crossing over the magnificent viaduct over the River Nidd in Knaresborough, and passing the beautiful ruins of Kirkham Priory, near Castle Howard. There is a buffet on every train offering hot and cold snacks and drinks, so it's a charming service on which to relax with your family.

You could also consider the Jacobite run from Fort William to Mallaig, which run May through October and so is a bit more accessible, season wise! Plus, the Dalesman runs Settle to Carlisle May through August, and seasonal specials take over for Christmas, so whatever time of year you want to go, so long as you plan (and book!) ahead, you're good!

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Opening hours

Please see website for details


General Admission
Adults from £25.00
Kids from £10.00

Travel & Contact Information


West Coast Railways, Jesson Way off Crag Bank, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9UR, England

Phone number

01524 732100



Click here to visit The Scarborough Spa Express' website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

The Scarborough Spa Express has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, snacks are available.

No, The Scarborough Spa Express is not wheelchair friendly.

Due to the age and costruction of the trains it is not possible to board whilst seated in a wheelchair, however if the wheelchair passengers can step onto the train from the platform they will be escorted to their seats. 

No, The Scarborough Spa Express have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

The Scarborough Spa Express has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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