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Great Central Railway

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Address: Great Central Road | Great Central Road, Loughborough LE11 1RW, England
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+44 1509 632323
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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Great for steam railway enthusiasts

We live close to one of the Birstall station, which is the opposite end of the line to Loughborough. The railway (and trains) can be seen, boarded or alighted at any of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Patricia S
Leicestershire, United Kingdom

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We live close to one of the Birstall station, which is the opposite end of the line to Loughborough. The railway (and trains) can be seen, boarded or alighted at any of the stations - In order from Leicester they are Birstall, Rothley, Quorn/Woodhouse and Loughborough. Cafes are available at all these stations, which are maintained in 40s period style.... More 

Thank Patricia S
melton mowbray
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A fantastic day and experience from start to finish. The staff were very polite, helpful and professional. We had a free course meal which was outstanding. This was a very special day as my twin sister and myself were celebrating our 50th Birthday , made even more special because of the thoughtfulness of the staff. This is a MUST experience... More 

Thank janebarratt39
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our second visit for the santa experience. Its a lovely couple of hours starting with the lively old train station and stalls and the steam train waiting on the platform. The staff are so friendly and couldn't be more helpful. Once on the train drinks and nibbles are handed out as as you travel from Loughborough to Leicester... More 

Thank Matthew K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Finally managed to book the New Year's Eve Special Celebration. This is not to be missed but I would advise to book well in advance as by August, all the smaller tables had gone with only a handful of the larger ones left. This is really an experience not to be missed - a six course meal served on the... More 

Thank Iain H
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have just returned from a meal on the great central railway The combination of good food and nostalgia made it a very pleasant afternoon which I would recommend

Thank james b
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely heritage railway. We loved the station and the trains were beautiful. Reasonable gifts from Santa. Sweets and fruit shoot and sweets for the children and sherry with mince pie for the grown ups. Would like to return and try one of the dining experiences.

Thank RSly83
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

great day out with Kids!! - if you are in a period where Thomas the tank engine is on the top of the stories list.. - if you like to see something old and back in time by est. 60 yrs that will be place for you! we spend superb time with Kids and as a family day out

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked up our New Years Eve steam train experience sometime ago after an excellent Sunday lunch journey earlier in the year. The NYE event was excellent to, the staff were very friendly and professional, the environment was very well presented. The food was exceptional and we had no complaints about any of the 6 courses. The fact you went... More 

Thank Widget67
Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the Steam Experience to celebrate New Year 2017. What an experience! We arrived at a beautiful heritage station and were greeted by a piper. Organisation was very good & after a hot toddy, we were shown to our carriage. Each table was decorated beautifully with party hats, crackers, party blower, hand folded serviette & a posy of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Great Central Railway is a railway we always make sure we visit on many occasions as the railway accommodates for all age groups. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. We travelled on the NYE evening special which we have done for many years and hope so again in 2017. Keep up the good work 😀

Thank Neil D

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