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Dean Forest Railway

New Mills Forest Road, Lydney GL15 4ET, England
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Interesting but vastly overpriced

A large group of us visited intending on spending the majority of the day getting on and off at... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ecalpem0s
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Great ride

We were blessed with a beautiful day on which we travelled on this train from a bygone era. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lynda B
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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A heritage railway running through the Forest of Dean run by volunteers. We now have 5 stations along the line - with great walks and local pubs accessible from many.We regularly have special events - such as visits from Thomas the Tank engine, Bygone Branchline days and Sanata Specials for Xmas. At Norchard we have a large free car-park, a well stocked shop selling a vast array of books, toys and gifts - as well as a fascinating museum transporting you back in history! Our southern terminus at Lydney Junction is only a 2 minute walk from the mainline Lydney station - and through ticketing is available - so you can buy a ticket from Birmingham to Parkend! Every penny spent goes towards restoring heritage rail travel.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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New Mills Forest Road, Lydney GL15 4ET, England
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"lydney junction"
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"norchard station"
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"steam engine"
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"dean forest"
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"main station"
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"buffet car"
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"rolling stock"
in 13 reviews
"rover ticket"
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"well worth a visit"
in 35 reviews
"diesel train"
in 9 reviews
"thomas the tank engine"
in 7 reviews
"waiting room"
in 8 reviews
"step back in time"
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"miners arms"
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"run by volunteers"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A large group of us visited intending on spending the majority of the day getting on and off at each station to view the many things (allegedly) available to explore at each stop. I have to say we were quite disappointed as the only stop...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were blessed with a beautiful day on which we travelled on this train from a bygone era. The scenery was superb and there was a buffet car. There was an opportunity to prebook an afternoon tea to be taken on the train. We saw...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I payed £65 for my family to go on this magical experience. Magical is completely the wrong word for this awful trip. After reading good reviews we decided to book it up. This was our first visit to Forest of Dean railway so didn’t know...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Complete shambles kept stopping, late start, missed Norchard as desiel engine brought to rescue us. Apparently ran out coal and couldn't make steam. Short run 4 miles not worth extortionate fare

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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

A really lovely place to take children. Lots of stops to get off and walk around. Well stocked cafes and train buffet with various items including local beer and cider. The bluebells and wild garlic along the tracks and deer added to the enjoyment. Would...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Great for little kids. Norchard station has a lot of old things in display so it is a real step back in time. The train journey isn't too long so they don't get bored. I recommend timing it so you can book a table at...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

It irks me a bit to read of people complaining that this attraction isn't good value for money. It is if you see it for what it actually is.....a heritage rail way run by volunteers. If you want your ankle biters totally entertained with no...More

1  Thank nessief
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Visited today with Grandson as it was PJ Mask weekend. Interesting museum but very disappointed with the children side of it. Two tents, one with a bouncy castle, another with some chairs, a man in the corner where you could buy a balloon which he...More

Thank jax208
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James G, Manager at Dean Forest Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

We're sorry to hear that our PJ Masks event didn't live up to your expectations. We did have an emcee, who should have introduced Owlette & Catboy, but will make sure that he does for any of our future events. Magicol, who was doing the...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Having organized to visit 6 heritage railways over weekend and having checked travel times between this being first l visited ruined all plans by cancelling first train. Other railways visited said their seemed to be reliability issues on this railway. Was a shame as trip...More

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James G, Manager at Dean Forest Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Hi, I am a bit surprised by this, as we certainly haven't cancelled the first train on any service this year. This would only happen on the very rare occurence that there was an issue with the locomotive, so I'm also surprised to hear that...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

Linking Lydney to Parkend, the Dean Forest isn't too long a journey for small children yet well worth making for adults. The station at Norchard, around halfway along the route, offers a good range of refreshments, a large shop with a substantial range of mostly...More

Thank Robert M
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James G, Manager at Dean Forest Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Thanks for your kind words. We're always happy to offer a nostalgic steam journey along our forest line!

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purplesmiler82
20 May 2018|
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Response from Stuart W | Property representative |
There is no formal parking at Parkend, as other reviewers have said, just go the 2 mikes to Norchard which is the main operating base and has a large car park
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richardpretious
5 May 2018|
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Response from James G | Property representative |
We have a large free car park at our Norchard Station (on Forest Road, Lydney, GL15 4ET). There is a small car park located near out Lydney Town Station, with very limited space, and no designated parking at our Lydney... More
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richardpretious
5 May 2018|
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Response from James G | Property representative |
We have a large free car park at our Norchard Station (on Forest Road, Lydney, GL15 4ET). There is a small car park located near out Lydney Town Station, with very limited space, and no designated parking at our Lydney... More
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