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Great Central Railway

Loughborough, Leicestershire, England

  • Steam Train at Great Central Railway in Loughborough
  • Women sitting on the bench at Great Central Railway
  • The steam train travelling on the tracks at Great Central Railway

Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Great Central Railway

Great Central Railway…Hey kids…? Would you like to come on an epic adventure on our railway? Time travel seems possible when you are on any of our historic stations but...Wait a Minute…! Who else might you see? Pssst…Don't tell anyone but, did you know, Santa makes a few visits between November and December…right up until the last train on Christmas eve. Then he has to go quickly back to the North Pole to start the Big Night of Presents for all the children around the world. But remember, Ssshh, don't say a word!

Santa visits all the children on the train and has a present ready and waiting for you. Did I mention sweeties and a drink? (Mince Pies and sherry or soft drink for the adults, too…)

We have events throughout the year to make you grin from ear to ear like a Cheshire cat …want to meet Peppa and George? Fancy dressing up as a superhero (or maybe even a villain…) and stand next to your favourite character whilst they visit the railway for our Villains and Superheroes event. Maybe you would like to take your favourite teddy on a day trip when the Teddy Express chuffs into the railway, or sneak a peek at the Easter Bunny when he hops onto a train?

Often with a mini funfair at Rothley Station or maybe a treasure hunt…you could show us your ‘skills' and draw a picture…have your photo taken with any of the characters and ride on a steamy steam train that chuffs along the rails blowing its whistle…toot toot!


  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Great Central Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1RW, England


Click here to visit Great Central Railway's website
01509 632323

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Reopens January 2017


Adults: £16.00, Concessions: £14.00, Family: from £25.00, Under 5's: Free

More Information

Eating information

Available: Loughborough Refreshment Room (hot/cold food and drinks) Quorn and Woodhouse Station (Butler Henderson Cafe) Rothley Station (Ellis Tearooms) Leicester North Station (The Platform Cafe at Greenacres) Some carriages at some events have a buffet carriage on the train. Serves hot and cold food and drinks plus some snacks


Toilet facilities available on each station to include standard, disabled and baby changing facilities.

Gift shop

Thomas and Friends books, dvds, toys, stationery, trains etc. Non-Thomas and Friends trains and train sets. Plus DVDs and books, stationery, snacks, and Great Central Railway souvenirs including pencils, rulers etc.


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