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Great Central Railway

Loughborough, Leicestershire, England

  • Steam Train at Great Central Railway in Loughborough
  • Women in costumes at Great Central Railway in Loughborough
  • Steam train at Great Central Railway in Loughborough

Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Full steam ahead to the Great Central Railway! Take a ride on a steam powered railway where vintage locomotives whizz through the Leicestershire countryside.

Enjoy panoramic views from comfortable carriages whilst feeling like a time traveller. Built in the late 19th-century, this railway is a historic attraction your family has to visit. Not only are the trains amazing, but the location is too. Walk along the station like former passengers would have done over one hundred years ago. There’s plenty to keep the family busy, such as a museum, gift shop, and a train emporium.

The railway has also recently been awarded Heritage Lottery Funds to build a brand new museum at the Leicester North station. The fund has noticed that this is a historic location that’s worth developing, and now it's your family's chance to see why.

  • Vintage locomotives
  • Museum, gift shop and emporium
  • Steam train rides


  • 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

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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