Great Central Railway - Nottingham

Mere Way, Ruddington, Nottingham, NG11 6NX
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Due to Covid-19 the Great Central Railway will not be operating any further services during 2020 including the Santa Special services. Some sections of the site will be reopen to the public from 15th August 2020. This will include the cafe, model railways and road transport sections (viewing only) at weekends. The NSMEE model railway will remain closed to the public at this time.


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.


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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.

Map & Directions



  • 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

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Closes 30 mins after last train

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

Opening Times

Great Central Railway - Nottingham (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
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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