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Churnet Valley Railway

Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 2HA, England
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Great day out

We had a great day out here, the kids loved it and especially the Santa train, they can't wait to... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2017
Dave R
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Superb Santa & Steam

This was our first experience of the Santa and Steam with our 2 year old daughter. We all had a fab... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2017
belflj
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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The Churnet Valley Railway, is a picturesque heritage Steam Railway that runs through Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland, the Churnet Valley. It meanders alongside the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet for a delightful nostalgic 11 mile return journey. Kingsley & Froghall Station has ample parking and disabled access and is home to the award winning traditional Tea Room plus the railways Souvenir Shop, both of which are open on running days. Consall Station has no public road access making it very quiet and isolated in its situation beside the weir on River Churnet where the canal splits from the river. Nearby are the Lime Kilns and the Black Lion Public House. At Cheddleton Station you can visit the Railway’s Engine Sheds and its small Railway Artifacts Museum. Trains run most Sundays from February to October, and full weekends from Easter as well as Wednesdays from June to September. Additional services run on all Bank Holiday Mondays and school holidays.
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Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 2HA, England
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Reviewed December 18, 2017

We had a great day out here, the kids loved it and especially the Santa train, they can't wait to go back, I thought it was inexpensive too.

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Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

This was our first experience of the Santa and Steam with our 2 year old daughter. We all had a fab time, super friendly staff, our daughter had never been on a train before and loved the whole experience. She was excited to see Santa...More

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Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

We have been coming to the Santa special for a number of years. Both our children love it, they get a chocolate, a drink and a good quality present appropriate for their age. Adults get a mince pie and a glass of sherry. Always well...More

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Reviewed December 16, 2017 via mobile

Visited on a snowy day and loved every minute. Volunteers couldn’t do enough. We had two very young children, yet they still made a fuss of them and the atmosphere was brilliant. The sherry and mince pies were a lovely touch, and the information provided...More

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Reviewed December 10, 2017 via mobile

Brillant. The effort made by all at Churnet Valley was brillant. Information regarding roads was clear and true. All members of staff very welcoming and made the day another day for the kids to remember. Thank you to all at Churnet Valley.

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Reviewed October 26, 2017

This was a gift from my wife through a third party called "Into the Blue" and they passed us onto the railway. It was billed as being 1.5 hours in length. Booking the experience with the railway direct required lots of forward planning because we...More

1  Thank Philip W
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Reviewed October 26, 2017 via mobile

We were really looking forward to this, we visited while our son was in Alton Towers (not our thing) The description on the website was a long way from reality, first of all I must give credit to the staff as they are all volunteers...More

3  Thank David M
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

I booked to take three friends on this trip, unfortunately I got facial Shingles that affected my eye so I was not able to drive my friends on the day I had booked. I was not able to rearrange for any other time or get...More

3  Thank Patuk52
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Reviewed October 9, 2017

Had brilliant weekend here 1940 theme great fun for all the family and lovely trip on steam train was great

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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful event however the only critisism is the food. £20 a ticket with unlimited rides on the steam train, stopping at different stations. However half price if dressed in 40s attire (which we were). There was a lot of interesting little pieces of information dotted...More

Thank Clare T
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Management response:Responded October 3, 2017

Thank You for your comments Clare, and we're happy to hear overall you enjoyed your experience. You're comments on our menu are noted, however I take it you visited on Sunday? This explains the offer of Chilli & Rice, as Saturday had seen us serve...More

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LovinaBargain
May 13, 2018|
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Response from mitzi12016 | Reviewed this property |
Both stations offer things to see, but Froghall station is a short walk from Froghall Wharf which is lovely,it has a tea room called Hettys which is well worth a visit,you can walk alongside the Canal if you have the time.
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Malcolm L
April 5, 2018|
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Response from Jon K | Property representative |
In the main yes, but on selected events journeys are restricted to certain times. However on such occasions this is advised at time of booking :)
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Elizabethjt
March 19, 2018|
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Response from ianrice007 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do allow dogs on the trains
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