Today's Timetable: Special Timetable

Passenger services are running today, the first passenger service departing Oxenhope for Keighley at 10.00 for pre-booked ticket holders. Tickets to travel still available..

Welcome to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is a preserved standard gauge railway linking the Aire Valley at Keighley to the Pennine foothills at Oxenhope, along the valleys of the River Worth and Bridgehouse Beck. The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has been carrying passengers for over 150 years, 52 of which have been operated by the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society after the line was closed by British Railways in 1962.

From the industrial landscape of Keighley out to Haworth, made famous by the Bronté sisters, and onward to our terminus at Oxenhope, step back in time, steam hauled in vintage rolling stock through one of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes and enjoy something spectacular on every visit.

As part of a phased reopening, we’re offering pre-booked return journeys using private compartments seating 1 – 6 people and to keep everyone safe we’ve made some changes so your visit will be a bit different to normal.

Christmas train special – ‘The Elf Express’ tickets are now on sale


COVID-19 and the KWVR

We're here to keep you safe

The Worth Valley is currently Tier 2

As areas of the UK move into Tier 3 restrictions to manage the spread of coronavirus, the KWVR is closely monitoring the situation, as we have throughout our ‘Back in Steam’ program

We have ensured that our Elf Express and other services are COVID secure and can be operated safely within the highest level of restrictions outside of full UK wide lockdown where we would be required to close.

In terms of your visit:

  • It is the responsibility of the visitor to choose if they wish to visit us depending on the level of restrictions that apply in your area. We will not be mandating that visitors in certain areas must not visit us.
  • You must follow UK government guidance on personal hygiene, face coverings and social distancing when visiting us. Our specific guidance on these measures is listed on our website.

We thank you for supporting our business at this difficult time. We are doing everything we can to make sure risks at the KWVR are kept to an absolute minimum and you can still enjoy a visit to our railway.

'The Elf Express' Christmas Specials - Book Now!

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Welcome to The Old Parcels Office – re-opening Thursday 29th October 2020.

Originally opened in 1916 to handle parcels and packages to and from Keighley and the surrounding areas, the parcels office was transformed by the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway into a café bar & restaurant, The Old Parcels Office and opened in February of this year, only to be closed after just 5 weeks due to the onset of COVID-19.


The Old Parcels Office will be open Wednesday – Sunday, 10.00am – 10.00 pm (last reservation 7.00pm), serving delicious home-cooked foods including; hot breakfasts, heart-warming rustic mains, drinks, snacks and children’s meals.

For your safety and security and in order to ensure we stay in line with local restriction rules which (Saturday 24th October are Level 2), the following will apply

  • Tables bookable in advance only for you and your household ‘bubble’
  • You will be greeted at the door when you arrive, service details will be explained and you will be shown to your table
  • Wear masks on entering and whilst being shown to your seat
  • Serving will be to your table only by our duty staff
  • All members of our team will be wearing face masks
  • We are asking our guests to please respect social distancing and remain at your table and, when not seated, all guests will be required to wear a face mask.

Our online table booking reservation page is now available on ‘The Old Parcels Office’ page of this website.

Coming up in November & December

In addition to our regular trains that operate every weekend throughout the year, most months the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway have special events to cater for all tastes.

And what everyone has been waiting for – an announcement of the trains we will be operating on the run up to Christmas. We will be operating ‘The Elf Express’ every weekend from the 28th November and everyday in Christmas week. Tickets now on sale, but hurry only selected days are still available.

New for 2020, take a moment to enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle that December brings and come on board one of our ‘Mulled Wine’ Specials.

New into our Shop, the third volume of the the acclaimed series Great Northern Outpost, available to buy via email.

Great Northern Outpost - Volume 3

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