East Lancashire Railway

In a nutshell

Journey along the scenic Irwell Valley by steam or diesel train to discover Lancashire's rich transport heritage. Great family events during the year.


Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, Greater Manchester BL9 0EY

Contact details

Tel: 0333 320 2830

Activity type

Birthdays, Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Museums and Art Centres, Trips and Transport

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

East Lancashire Railway details...

Make the trip from Grandparent to Grandchild on a journey that spans generations on this heritage railway.

With a storied history stretching back to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the East Lancashire Railway is the steam powered heart of the Irwell Valley, pumping goods and people around the region for nearly 200 years!

Based in Bury, conveniently located near major road links and public transport, just 30 minutes from Manchester City Centre, the line runs for 12 miles through scenic Lancastrian Landscapes, from beautiful rural panoramas and postcard pretty villages to bustling Victorian towns and cotton mill dotted horizons.

As Visit Lancashire’s ’Large Tourist Attraction of the Year’ in 2014 and the third most popular paid for visitor attraction in Greater Manchester, there are plenty of things to see and do around the line and stations are well equipped with cafés, pubs, gift shops and Transport Museum.

Each station offers something unique, from historical Heywood to relaxing Rawtenstall, scenic Summerseat and bustling Bury.

Local attractions include real ale bars, quaint tea rooms, quirky boutiques, markets, restaurants, cafés and more!

The railway boasts an array of events and experiences from the award-winning Santa Specials to the ever popular Day Out with Thomas. Little ones can even celebrate their birthday in steam-powered style with a ’Party Express Package’.

Open every weekend throughout the year and Wednesday – Friday from April to September as well as Bank Holidays. Tickets price is £38.00 for 2 Adults and up to 3 Children, under 5s travel free. Prices may vary on special event days, check website in advance.

Every stop is a start! For more information on the East Lancashire Railway visit www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

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