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What is a Steam Train Experience?

Steam train experiences are where you have the opportunity to travel as a passenger on a steam train and enjoy the British countryside scenery. Some experiences offer a simple steam train ride, usually the amount of miles you travel will vary on the experience. For our Gold, Silver and Bronze picks (which you can see further down this page), there’s an all day ticket, and a set amount of miles experience.  Additionally there is an experience which takes between 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours for the train ride itself.  

What happens on a Steam Train Experience?

You make your own way to the location of the railway experience and board the train. Then travel for either a) a set amount of miles, or b) a set amount of time depending on the experience. After the allotted distance or time, you’re taken back to the original takeoff point. During the train ride, it’s not uncommon for you to be offered meals like afternoon tea or lunch too, although this also depends on the experience you pick, so we’d advise taking a snack just in case!

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Is A Steam Train Experience For You?

Steam Train Experiences are perfect for…

Anyone Who Enjoys Trains And Beautiful Scenery
Anyone with an interest in steam trains and locomotives will love steam train experiences. Whether they’re young or old, this is perfect for them.

Families, Young Children And Couples
Whether you’re looking for family fun, or romantic getaways, a steam train experience would fit the bill.

Older Parents
Steam train experiences would make great gifts for older parents. If you’re struggling with what you can get them, we would recommend this.

Where can you buy Steam Train Experiences?

There are plenty of places that offer steam train experiences. We would highly recommend Virgin Experience Days and BuyAGift as they offer a large selection for you to choose from. You can however find the odd experience via Getting Personal.

Which Should You Choose?
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Steam Train Experience With Cream Tea In The Lake District

All Day Railway Ride In Somerset

Bluebell Railway And Botanic Gardens Trip

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Experience For Two
Experience For Two
Experience For Two
£52.00 £24.00 £63.00
Cumbria - Ravenglass Shepton Mallet - Somerset West Sussex / East Sussex
A 14 Mile Return Journey All Day Varies
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Below you’ll find our recommendations for steam train experiences.  Both Virgin Experience Days and BuyAGift offer some great options.  Read why we’ve ranked them in this order.

For our Gold pick, we’ve got a steam train experience in the Lake district with cream tea for two over a 14 mile ride.  You can check out the experience on the Virgin Experience Days site. This particular experience is great value for money and has particularly good reviews.  It’s situated in the beautiful lake district, so you know you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery that Cumbria has to offer.

Closely followed at Silver is all day ticket for the east Somerset railway for two which you can view on BuyAGift. You can also upgrade and add 2 child tickets for only £10! This is a great day out for the family at a great price. 

For our Bronze pick is this steam train trip in Sussex for two, it also includes a trip to Wakehurst Botanic Gardens. You can view this experience on Virgin Experience Days. During this experience you will see some restored trains and stations which will showcase different periods of the railways life. Not only is will you see beautiful scenery, but you will have an educational experience learning about these locomotives.

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