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Planning Your Visit – Ten Top Tips

  1. Check the Calendar to see what’s on. This will guide you to the relevant timetable and whether there is a special event.
  2. Look at the timetable for the day you are planning to visit. Try not to arrive just after a train has departed or for the last train only. We recommend around 3  hours for your visit.
  3. Opening times are normally 9.30am – 4.30pm but are extended for some special events. We recommend arriving after 10am when the first train is 11am.
  4. Have a look at the “A Great Day Out” section of this website and follow the links to find out more about the attractions.  This will give you a good idea of what there is to see and do.
  5. Allow time to get off the train at Swanwick Junction and explore. There’s loads to see and do and then catch a later train back.
  6. Choose sensible footwear – some of our paths are not surfaced.
  7. Bring pushchairs for small children – there is a lot of walking at Swanwick Junction. Push chairs normally travel in the Guard’s van on the train, so usually they do not need to be collapsed.
  8. Disabled Visitors – please check our dedicated page regarding accessibility and contact us if you need more help or advice.
  9. Don’t leave the dog at home. They are very welcome, but please keep them on a lead. Please note that they require a train ticket (£1) and that they are not allowed in some buildings or catering outlets.
  10. Contact us if you’ve got a particular question that you need answering to help you plan your visit.