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Great Central Railway - Nottingham

Mere Way, Ruddington, Nottingham, NG11 6NX
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About

Formerly known as Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre, The Great Central Railway - Nottingham offers almost 10 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire.

Journeys begin at Ruddington, just south of Nottingham, and continue through to East Leake and Loughborough. The GCRN's facilities at Ruddington include a Model Railway, Miniature Railways, a Heritage Transport Collection and railway workshop with full engineering facilities, as well as a children’s play area, cafe and gift shop. There's plenty to see and do at the Ruddington base, so they aren't just a train ride - be sure to make time to see all their attractions and facilities.

Heritage Steam & Diesel services re-create the experience of train travel from when it was more than just a way to travel from one place to another.

Entirely staffed by volunteers, all income is used to preserve railway & transport heritage for future generations. The GCRN is a great experience for all the family. Come and enjoy a day with us!

The GCRN actively encourage new volunteers to get involved with the maintenance and operation of their railway Check-out the website for more information.

Join GCRN for a great value day out. They have a full programme of services, a host of special events, and don’t forget that they operate Saturdays and Sundays during every school holiday.

They are only an hour’s journey by-car from Sheffield, Doncaster, Uttoxeter, Tamworth and Leicester, and less from Derby, Newark, Grantham and Lincoln. From Nottingham (city centre) and the surrounding towns, journey times are typically 20-30 minutes. Their main station and facilities at Ruddington Fields are easily reached from the A1 (via A46), A52, A60, or from the A453.

The GCRN are situated right next door to the wonderful Rushcliffe Country Park so why not extend your day with over 5 miles of footpaths, grassland, conservation and landscaped areas, along with a visitor centre, picturesque lake, Play area, skateboard midi half pipe and a BMX cycle track.

 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Unlimited Travel: Adult£12.00 per ticket
Unlimited Travel: Child£6.00 per ticket
Unlimited Travel: Family£30.00 per ticket

Site Entry Free of Charge except for some special events (see website for details).

Other ticket options are available and different charges apply for Santa Specials and some Special Events. Please see website for details.

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Facilities

Other

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - All train services and areas accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Family Fun - Dogs welcome (small charge on train services), Children’s Play Area, Online booking available via our website
  • Groups Accepted - Discounts available for groups of 10 or more
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Available for groups of 10 or more at an extra cost of £2.00 per head
  • Indoor Attraction
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times - Small charge applies
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Picnic Site

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Closes 30 mins after last train

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Opening Times

Great Central Railway - Nottingham (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* February half term: Saturdays & Sundays – 10am till 5pm
1st April to 30th Sept: Saturdays & Sundays – 10am till 5pm, bank holidays – 10am till 5pm
30th Sept to 28th Oct: Sundays – 10am till 5pm

December: 1st to 23rd: Santa Specials – advance bookings only
December 24th: Santa Specials – advance bookings only

December 27th to 30th: Post Christmas Running Days – 10am till 5pm

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What's Nearby

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Saturday, 1 December 2018 - Sunday, 23 December 2018

Monday, 24 December 2018 - Monday, 24 December 2018

Santa Specials with the Great Central RailwayGCRN's “Santa” services have become one of the museum's most popular features. Join a steam-hauled special service (pre-booking essential), through some of our best countryside, accompanied by Santa!
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Sunday, 22 April 2018 - Sunday, 22 April 2018

Sunday, 7 October 2018 - Sunday, 7 October 2018

Road Transport Event with the Great Central RailwayGreat Central Railway's Road Transport events start as always with a Springtime Road Transport Collection event on the site at Ruddington.
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Friday, 27 April 2018 - Friday, 27 April 2018

Monday, 7 May 2018 - Monday, 7 May 2018

Monday, 28 May 2018 - Monday, 28 May 2018

Sunday, 26 August 2018 - Sunday, 26 August 2018

Monday, 27 August 2018 - Monday, 27 August 2018

Bank Holiday Specials with the Great Central RailwayWhy not join The Great Central Railway for their Fantastic May Bank Holiday Steam Services FREE Goodies for all children on the trains including a sweet treat and drink.
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Saturday, 30 June 2018 - Saturday, 30 June 2018

Sunday, 1 July 2018 - Sunday, 1 July 2018

Summer Diesel Extravaganza with the Great Central RailwayGreat Central Railway's new summer diesel event provides the opportunity to sample the museum's own diesel locomotive collection and guest/s together with the Summer Scenery and a landscape that gives a truly picturesque backdrop at this time of year.
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Sunday, 15 July 2018 - Sunday, 15 July 2018

Nottingham Area Bus Society Gathering and Running Day with the Great Central RailwayThe Great Central Railway's July heritage transport event will see a range of visiting buses and coaches complementing the resident collection, along with related sales stands for the avid enthusiast. Preserved vehicles will also be offering FREE rides to local picturesque destinations courtesy of...
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Saturday, 28 July 2018 - Sunday, 29 July 2018

Model Rail Extravaganza with the Great Central RailwayThe Great Central Railway's superb annual model railway show continues to grow! A range of layouts, together with the opportunity to browse sales stands and traders to pick up a bargain, or perhaps treat yourself to a model missing from your collection.
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Sunday, 12 August 2018 - Sunday, 12 August 2018

Stewart Classic Vehicle Register Summer Gathering with the Great Central RailwayThe Great Central Railway's annual gathering of classic cars from years gone by when driving was more of a pleasure than a necessity, showcasing everything from the more modern to the vintage. In conjunction with the Stewart Classic Vehicle Register.
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Saturday, 27 October 2018 - Sunday, 28 October 2018

Anything Goes Gala Weekend with the Great Central RailwayA full weekend of intensive running with a mixture of Steam & Diesel Services along with the spectacular autumn colours and scenes along our line, this Gala will give something for everyone.
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Saturday, 3 November 2018 - Saturday, 3 November 2018

Firework Spectacular with the Great Central Railway NottinghamGCRN's annual Firework event has become extremely popular and feature and evening of high-octane entertainment for the family before, during & after the Fireworks show at Ruddington.
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Thursday, 27 December 2018 - Thursday, 27 December 2018

Friday, 28 December 2018 - Friday, 28 December 2018

Saturday, 29 December 2018 - Saturday, 29 December 2018

Winter Holiday Trains with the Great Central RailwayAn opportunity to escape the house, the washing-up and yet another round of turkey sandwiches, GCRN's trains will be operating with both classic steam and diesel locomotives, enabling you to sample the Nottinghamshire countryside from the comfort of your train.
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Sunday, 30 December 2018 - Sunday, 30 December 2018

End of Year Mixed Traffic Gala with the Great Central RailwayThe final chance to ride the GCRN in 2018. A one-day event featuring an intensive timetable of both Steam & Diesel hauled services to take away the post-Christmas blues.
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