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Churnet Valley Railway

Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 2HA, England
+44 1538 758491
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Special experience??

This was a gift from my wife through a third party called "Into the Blue" and they passed us onto... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Philip W
Doncaster, United Kingdom
Not as expected

We were really looking forward to this, we visited while our son was in Alton Towers (not our... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David M
Wigan, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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
+44 1538 758491
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Philip W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank David M
Reviewed 16 October 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

Thank Patuk52
Reviewed 10 October 2017

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

Thank tarty
Reviewed 2 October 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
Management response:Responded 3 October 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

Reviewed 2 October 2017

Great place for this ww2 weekend.Lots to see and do in all the stations in the daytime and evening.with trains runner late.The food is good and great battle at the end.

Thank emarsh7
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

At about £12 for a return journey (which is a very short journey really), this is a little pricey. It was a cool experience to sit in the old style carriages. It made me feel like I was on The Hogwarts Express! Scenery is pretty...More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Whilst I'm glad to have finally ticked off the Churnet Valley railway from my bucket list of preserved railways to try, I have to admit to being a bit underwhelmed by the overall experience here. What is described as an 11 miles journey on the...More

1  Thank Peter W
Reviewed 23 September 2017

I don’t know how to review this as I have no knowledge or interest in steam trains so have nothing to compare it with. I found myself here with a group of friends recently and was impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of the people...More

1  Thank hunslet49
Reviewed 19 September 2017

I booked afternoon tea for my mum and stepdad as their birthdays are a few weeks apart and I thought it looked lovely on the website. 11 miles trip you can get off an on at your leisure and there was a picture of a...More

Thank Michelledwyer09
Management response:Responded 20 September 2017

Hi There, We are sorry for your disappointment. However the train that was booked was a Cream Tea special, not Afternoon Tea, and was advertised as such hence the provision of scones, cream & jam along with the tea. The pictures online show the range...More

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Response from Thomas B | Reviewed this property |
Hi Julie I didn't go for lunch so I am not sure . Sorry regrads
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Response from Jon5987 | Reviewed this property |
Need to check the CVR website for Public Opening Dates, but generally it's weekend and Bank Holidays with Wednesdays during school holidays. First train about 11am (earlier during selected events), you did need to make your... More