Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities, Science and Technology, Trips and Transport
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children or 1 adult and 4 children))
Crich Tramway Village near Matlock has developed into one of Derbyshire’s most unique family attractions.
Award yourself a grand day out with all the family and step down memory lane as you experience the brightly painted trams that run to and fro down the cobbled village street. On arrival collect your old penny to pay the conductor your tram fare, and receive a ticket that you can use all day. Ride the trams and take a journey from the former Derby Assembly Rooms before passing under the Bowes-Lyon Bridge and climbing a mile of track that provides breathtaking views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside.
The trams are set in a village scene from a bygone era, with buildings that have been rescued from towns and villages across Britain and lovingly rebuilt brick by brick. Look out for the Bundy Clock at Town End Terminus and Doncaster Tram Depot’s windows in the Exhibition Hall. Learn about the history of tram transport in the Exhibition Hall that displays ‘A Century of Trams’ through interactive visuals and archive film footage.
Look out for the regular special events when the Tramway Village becomes a backdrop to another era; step into the 1950s or a 1940s Home Front scene with vintage cars, military vehicles, costumed characters and join the sing along music.
On six dates throughout the year you can see the trams being pulled by horses that shows how trams operated in the late 19th century.
There are plenty of children’s activities on offer to keep the kids amused, there’s craft activities in the Learning Centre or they can let off steam in the indoor soft play and outdoor adventure play areas. Experience the fascinating Woodland Walk & Sculpture Trail and discover a number of large entertaining wooden sculptures created by the resident sculptor. Wander further into the woodland with the aid of an information backpack and before you wind your way back to the village, eat a family picnic at the Labyrinth picnic area.
The Red Lion Pub and Tearooms offer a range of refreshments for you to enjoy a full family day out before you return home to the 21st century!
Open from March to November, see the website for current opening times. Family tickets are for 2 adults and 3 children between 4 to 15 years. Under 4s have free entry.