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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Open Now: 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
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Travel the lovely English countryside on this scenic train pulled by a steam locomotive, leaving from Bolton Abbey Station to the historic Embsay Station, built in 1888. Trains run every Sunday all year Tuesdays Saturdays & Sundays from April to end...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Bolton Abbey, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire Dales National Park BD23 6AF, England
+44 1756 710614
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Reviewed 6 days ago

we took two freinds for there birthday and they really enjoyed their night this has promopted them to try another themed night.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank pigmy608
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the first time taking my children on the Santa Special. Unfortunately I couldn't give it 5 starts. The boys enjoyed it thoroughly but I have seen better. The 'Santa' didn't even ask my boys what they wanted for Xmas or even if they...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 791erikai
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my little girl on the santa special, paid £38. It was 'OK' Santa came round and she got a soft toy and there where women dressed up singing Christmas songs. I think complimentary mince pies and mulled wine/soft drinks should be offered on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gemma L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our Grandaughter on the Santa steam train and can honestly say it was the best ever. Very friendly staff who couldn’t do enough to make the day special. A nostalgic trip, welcomed by the coal fires in the Hall and cafe. A wonderful...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Fiona N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our 2 year old grandson as a special treat. He enjoyed every minute. A real steam train, friendly staff and plenty to keep him excited. Visits from Rudolph, Snowman and Santa with his elves followed by a singalong on the journey back to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KeithSuzanneB
Reviewed 1 week ago

My parents took me and my 2 year old son to the Santa special today as a Christmas treat. It was well organised from the moment we arrived in the car park, with staff indicating where to park. It had a Christmas feel to it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ruthieeeeeee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took our grandaughter for a pre Christmas treat and had a fabulously magical time. Free parking and close to the entrance. Greeted by lots of staff all.on hand to assist. Once we were on the platform we went to the cafe. It was busy but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Aprilshowers23
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took our grandson on the Santa Special yesterday where he had a great time. Lots of singing from Santa's elves and then a visit from Santa himself, and good quality presents during a one hour railway trip there and back on the line. Buffet car...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank donkey_doc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked as a young family to go on the Santa Express in late November. Maybe it was my naivety, but given the manner in which this was advertised, and the potential that an old steam train on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales presented,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank Chris1985UK
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We had a most enjoyable trip on the vintage train on Sunday 4 November, the railway and cafe’s are run by very friendly volunteers, we would not hesitate to come back and hopefully book one of the dales dinning experiences. We would recommend the walk...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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September 19, 2018|
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Response from castle1_10 | Reviewed this property |
It’s just under 2 miles walk from Bolton Abbey station to the Abbey around a good 40 minutes walk
June 25, 2018|
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Response from Nigel C | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are separate attractions, and it is quite a walk from the station to the abbey.
June 25, 2018|
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Response from rentaquote | Reviewed this property |
The line runs for four miles and it takes around 15-20 minutes to go one way.