We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Great Central Railway

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Great Central Road | Great Central Road, Loughborough LE11 1RW, England
Phone Number: 015090632323
Website
Today
09:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 853 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 604
    Excellent
  • 185
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Santa Extra-Special!

I took a party of 24 children on the Santa Special on Saturday. What a delightful experience. The station was decorated for Christmas and there was a real Christmas atmosphere... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Jean R
,
Coventry, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

853 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 849: English reviews
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I took a party of 24 children on the Santa Special on Saturday. What a delightful experience. The station was decorated for Christmas and there was a real Christmas atmosphere. There were real coal fires in the waiting rooms. All the staff were extremely helpful and they helped us get into a carriage all together. Santa was lovely. He was... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jean R
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the great central railway. Great nostalgia and a cool vintage way to travel. Being only round the corner from me it's great

Helpful?
Thank Type2man
Boston Lincolnshire UK
Level Contributor
50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An excellent experience every time we visit! Being a heritage Main Line Railway with double tracking from Loughborough to Rothley you get the real feel of a Main Line Railway right now. Efficiently run by friendly volunteers the Railway achieves a very professional day out in an authentic atmosphere. Great for all the family. We enjoy it as a couple... More 

Helpful?
Thank SheilaLaurence
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for the 1st class dining experience on the great Central railway line. I was very excited about going on a steam train as I had not being on one for a long time and this experience did not fail to amaze me and my family. The staff are all very friendly and polite. Very interesting introduction to the railway... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lauren S
Level Contributor
25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What more could you want , the smell of a Steam Train ,the sound of them ,wonderful and above all some lovely Steam Engines . We had a lovely day at Quorn Station on Saturday.19thNov. Steam Engines pulling wagons and others passenger trains and the best bit the stunning Steam engine Oliver Cromwell Double headed with Witherslack Hall wonderful to... More 

Helpful?
Thank Gillian H
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
509 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for the Christmas lunch on a Steam train - the Christmas Jubilee Luncheon - which was a great experience. The ticket gives you access to other train rides so we took an earlier steam train ride to Leicester North and back which took about 1 hour 15 minutes in total. It's a twin track line so you'll see... More 

Helpful?
Thank AndrewJ25
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
145 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on board with a group of 100 visually impaired people together with some guide dogs . what a great friendly day out , the friendly staff worked very hard serving a wonderful 3 course meal to us all As a Vista befriender it was great to see the happy smiling faces . The staff worked hard to make it... More 

Helpful?
Thank AlanFT
Loughborough, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sons made a special surprise party event for my 90th birthday by hiring a private coach on the steam driven train on the Great Central Railway. The coach was self contained with its own staff and we had pre-lunch drinks in the lounge area and a marvellous lunch served in the dining area. Very well organised. After lunch we... More 

Helpful?
Thank Alan T
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth visit with young children good collection of trains thomas the train and other collection of steam trains and how they work see the history of steam trains working between Loughborough and Leicester north which deserves getting some handout from heritage funds

Helpful?
Thank sashpatel
Kettering, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dined on the Charnwood Forester last Saturday (12 November) and had the most fabulous evening. The food, service and ambience could not be faulted. My sister has celiac disease and was extremely well catered for - much better than some of her experiences of top class restaurants/hotels. We also had drinks in the cosy and nostalgic platform 'waiting room',... More 

Helpful?
Thank Diane M

Travellers who viewed Great Central Railway also viewed

Newtown Linford, Leicestershire
Leicestershire, England
 
Loughborough, Leicestershire
Loughborough, Leicestershire
 

Been to Great Central Railway? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Great Central Railway and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Great Central Railway staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?