Families

A family attraction for ALL the family

Whatever the weather, there’s plenty to keep families busy at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Experience the sounds and smells of a steam railway and see engines up close. Children can let off steam in the new playground at Oxenhope, and imagine rail travel from years gone-by at the Rail Story museums at Ingrow.

Here’s all the information you might need here to plan a great day out.

During the current phase of train operation, additional restrictions may apply. Please see our FAQs for current guidelines.

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Here’s all the information you might need to plan a great day out.

What you need to know!

Food & Drink

You can re-fuel at the Old Parcels Office Café Bar and Restaurant at Keighley Station and at the Oxenhope Buffet Car. At Keighley you’ll find home-cooked foods including hot breakfasts, heart-warming rustic main meals, snacks and children’s meals. Enjoy 10% off all food and drink at the Old Parcels Office with a valid day rover ticket.

If you’re here for a picnic, you can watch the trains roll by from the picnic area on Platform 3 at Keighley. There are also picnic tables outside the Vintage Carriages Trust Museum at Ingrow. At Oxenhope you’ll find picnic tables on the platform and dotted throughout the children’s playground.

Ice cream is available to buy from our shops at Haworth and Oxenhope.

Getting around

Pushchairs, prams and buggies can be accommodated on our trains but MUST be either folded and placed on one of the luggage racks or stored in the Guard’s Van when travelling. In the case of the latter, it may be necessary to fold these items during busy periods.

Dogs

We allow dogs to ride, with their owners, on all our NORMAL service trains for £1 (assistance dogs travel free of charge), but not, being respectful to our passengers, on the seats of our carriages.

However dogs are NOT allowed in carriages where food is being served, for example the Haworth Haddock dining train, nor on our more premium events such as the Sparkle & Steam. If in doubt, please contact our Customer Service staff at Haworth Station, 01535 645214.

Toilets & Facilities

Toilets are available at all of our stations, and on most of our carriages.

Baby changing facilities are available at Oxenhope and Haworth Stations.

Rail Story

The second station along the branch, Ingrow West, is home to RAIL STORY where there are two Award-winning museums and entry is free with a Day Rover Ticket.

During the current phase of train operation, free entry to the museums at Ingrow is suspended and entrance fees apply.

Find time to stop at Ingrow where Ingrow West Station and Yard have been transformed into Rail Story – a collaborative plan between the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, the Vintage Carriages Trust and the Bahamas Locomotive Society to develop the site progressively giving visitors greater opportunities to learn about and understand about the preservation and conservation of our railway heritage.

You can visit the Carriage Works – an Accredited Museum operated by the Vintage Carriages Trust – where you will find what is the probably the most comprehensive display of historic railway coaches in the UK, with many having featured in famous TV and film productions including ‘The Railway Children’. You can see coaches being carefully restored in the Workshop and even sit in the seats used by famous film stars!

Go in the Engine Shed where you can see engines under repair and being maintained such as the unique 1888-built LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ No. 1054 owned by the National Trust but restored and cared for since 1973 by the Bahamas Locomotive Society. This Accredited Museum also houses numerous displays and artefacts from the age of steam – try to find a piece of rail from the Cromford & High Peak Railway dating from the 1830’s and learn about “Bahamas”, the 135-ton express locomotive which has been restored to once more operate on the main-line.

 

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