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Visit England’s steam railways

England’s steam railways capture the imagination of young and old alike. Here are some of the best days out for railway enthusiasts of all ages – and CPRE members can enjoy discounts on all these attractions.

Bressingham Steam Museum & Gardens, Norfolk

The beautiful gardens and woodland at Bressingham near Norwich can be enjoyed from four different steam-train rides, each with its own character. With plenty of other family attractions, Bressingham will be hosting its annual gala weekend from 8-10 May.

CPRE members get 2 for 1 tickets


Avon Valley Railway, Bristol

For unparalleled views of the serene valley of Avon, why not take a trip on Bristol’s Avon Valley Railway? Revived and restored by volunteers following the Beeching cuts, this three-mile route threads through stops including Oldland, Bitton – a restored Victorian station – and Avon Riverside. Opened in 1869 to connect Birmingham with the south coast, it celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2019.

CPRE members get 2 for 1 tickets


Stansted Park Light Railway, Stansted Park, Hampshire

Little ones will love a trip aboard the Stansted Park Light Railway. One of the attractions at Stansted Park, a country estate near Chichester with origins dating back to the 11th century, this family-friendly miniature train weaves through the woodland and parkland landscapes of the Bessborough Arboretum.

CPRE members get 2 for 1 tickets


Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, Oxfordshire

Threading along the edge of the Chiltern Hills, the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway has lots to offer history lovers. Landmarks to look out for include the Icknield Way – believed to be the oldest road in Britain – and the Whiteleaf Cross, a hillside chalk carving. There’s also lots of fun to be had on board, from cream teas to quiz nights.

CPRE members get 2 for 1 tickets

A busy play area with a carousel and miniature railway in the foreground
Bressingham Steam Museum Gerry Balding

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