8 train and railroad experiences in Norwich and Norfolk
Are you a big fan of model trains? Do you like taking a trip on a heritage railway? Or do you want to find an exciting new experience for children? Norwich and Norfolk are home to a wealth of incredible rail and rail experiences just begging to be discovered!
1. Bure valley railway
The Bure Valley Railway is the perfect experience for steam train enthusiasts. It is Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway, an 18 mile round trip that connects the historic market town of Aylsham and the capital of the Broads, Wroxham. As you fly over the pretty countryside, along the River Bure and across the meadows, you’ll be relaxing and having fun in no time.
Tickets for a return are Â£ 15 for adults and Â£ 7.50 for children. In addition, there are regular thematic events that you can book. This October semester kids are free with a paying adult, and at Christmas you can board the Festive Express, which will include festive treats and a visit to see Santa in his cave.
For die-hard steam train fans, you can have fun having an amazing steam driving experience. You will need to prepare the steam engine and drive it with passenger cars attached. Lunch and refreshments also included. One day course from Â£ 225.
2. Miniature Worlds of Wroxham
Are you more interested in model trains than real ones? There is something so fascinating about being able to reproduce such a large and powerful machine in such a small format! And you can marvel at some fantastic examples of this at Miniature Worlds of Wroxham. There are several layouts to see, replicating the railways of countries around the world. And if you like to get your hands on a little more (or have kids who do), there are interactive layouts too – giving you the ability to push the button and watch them drive. Thomas the Tank Engine’s interactive layout is definitely one of the little ones’ favorites. Adults Â£ 11.95, children Â£ 8.95.
3. Mid-Norfolk Railway
East Anglia’s longest heritage standard gauge railway, the Mid-Norfolk Railway is expected to be at the top of any railroad enthusiast’s list. The main railway station is in Dereham and serves Wymondham Abbey Halt station. To make it a whole day, why not book one of the dining trains and enjoy a train trip with delicious food in addition! Or you can drop by when the world famous Flying Scotsman locomotive visits the railroad in October. Round trip Â£ 29.50 per person, with a special fish and chips train Â£ 45.
4. Eaton Park
Eaton park The Miniature Railroad is perfect for families who want to spend some quality time and get some fresh air! The railway crosses a beautiful meadow, and only costs Â£ 1.50 per adult and Â£ 1 per child to ride. Trains run on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. depending on the availability of volunteers and the weather. What could be better than a pleasant picnic in the park followed by a special trip on the miniature railway?
5. North Norfolk Railway
Stretching from the seaside town of Sheringham to the pretty town of Holt, the North Norfolk Railway will take you through some of the county’s most amazing coastlines. Steam trains run daily in September and most days in October, and there are also a whole host of special events to get you excited about. From fleet days where all the locomotives will be on track, to food services, 1940s themed weekends and even a spooky ghost train for Halloween. You can also book a whole range of experiences, from a behind-the-scenes tour to signage and driving days.
The icing on the cake has to be the Norfolk Lights Express. From November 15 to January 3, you can experience an immersive winter journey aboard a steam train illuminated by thousands of small lights! As you navigate the trail, you will pass a series of colorful illuminated dioramas that will keep the whole family entertained. Tickets only Â£ 18 per person.
6. Wells and Walsingham Light Rail
For something a little more discreet, Wells and Walsingham Light Rail is a real treat. Go on an adventure on the world’s smallest public railway, which connects the seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea and the beautiful Abbey Village of Walsingham. Your journey will take you through countryside, over and under bridges, past a hill fort, and across a real ghost platform. With tickets priced at just Â£ 5 per person, it’s a great way to enjoy a day on a budget. Pair it with ice cream, fish and chips or maybe even hot and fresh donuts in Wells and voila!
7. Steam and Bressingham Gardens
Steam and Bressingham Gardens has several narrow gauge railway lines and a number of steam engines for all to enjoy. The highlight is definitely the Garden Railway, which takes you on a journey through the magnificent gardens, so that you can admire their beauty in a truly unique way. The museum is also home to the National Collection of Daddy’s Army Vintage Vehicles located on a recreation of Main Street from the popular TV series. There really is something for everyone here! Tickets start at Â£ 5.08 for children and Â£ 8.17 for adults for standard entry, or Â£ 7.26 for children and Â£ 11.35 for adults for an entry with unlimited train journeys.
by Thursford The Steam Engine Museum houses the finest collection of steam engines in the country and allows you to get up close and personal. Learn about the history of steam on land, on the roads and at the fairgrounds and step back in time. The museum is currently closed for the Christmas Spectacular show in Thursford, but will reopen in 2022 – so make sure a visit is part of your New Year’s resolutions!