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Thompson Park and Miniature Railway

5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)
  • Burnley
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Railway and Transport Attractions, Parks and Playgrounds

Attraction Information

At Thompson Park there is a whopping great 3 acre boating lake here plus the River Brun bisects the Park, between the 2 providing habitat for many various water birds and being excellent for a spot of family fishing. There are 2 original ornamental bridges which cross the river and approximately 5km of paths in the Park, where you'll find numerous other things to enjoy!

Their sweet little railway operates on Sundays and Bank holidays April to October (weather permitting). Rides cost just £1.00 and the income is well used to support the railway, which can also be booked for children's parties!

The paddling pool is the only one in the borough and attracts large numbers of families in warm weather so time your visit well if you're not keen on a crowd. The pool is filled at weekends and school holidays between April and September on days when the weather is warm and sunny. If you want to check if the pool is full please call the Ranger Service on 01282 831053.

You can also have at the children's adventure play area and cool sandpit, plus the boating lake also welcomes model boating so be sure to bring yours along if you've got one (free but license required from office). You can also discover the sunken Italian garden, Rose garden, Beech garden and a fun little putting green, plus use the helpful Ranger's base and of course the toilets.

Public events held here include Christmas and Easter activities, brass band concerts and their annual Ranger Open Day.

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Opening hours

Early March - End of October
Term Time
Saturday to
 Sunday 12:00 - 16:00
Monday and Wednesday
 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday to Sunday 12:00 - 16:00


Free admission to Park

General Admission (Train)
All Ages: £1.00

Travel & Contact Information


Ormerod Road, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 3QW, England

Phone number

01282 831053



Click here to visit Thompson Park and Miniature Railway's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

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

Yes, Thompson Park and Miniature Railway is wheelchair friendly.

Yes, Thompson Park and Miniature Railway have stated they are pushchair friendly.

No dogs allowed

Additional Info


Running times for the train is weather dependent. 


Best park in lancashire 5 out of 5 stars

Everything here, well worth a visit - railway, super playarea, sand pit, water, boating, lovely walks around and just perfect with lots of ducks to see

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