‘Hidden gem’ Nottinghamshire’s miniature railway attraction is a great day out for families


The weather is slowly starting to warm up as winter comes out and families are always looking for fun days to spend time together.

Often described as a “hidden gem”, including by the Visit Nottinghamshire website, a Nottingham rail attraction might just be the ticket for many looking to enjoy some free time.

Formerly known as GCRN – The Great Central Railway – Nottingham, the Nottingham Heritage Railway on Mere Way in Ruddington now offers nearly 10 kilometers of historic railway running through the stunning scenery of southern Nottinghamshire and north-west Leicestershire .

Heritage Steam & Diesel services recreate the experience of train travel when it was more than just a way to travel from place to place.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, all proceeds are used to preserve railway and transportation heritage for future generations. The NHR is a great experience for the whole family.

The NHR says on its website: “We are not currently operating any rail services at this time.

Inside the Great Central Railway Carriage which is over 120 years old

“However, the NSMEE Model Railway is open and carrying passengers on most days the site is open to the public.”

There’s plenty to see and do at the Ruddington base, so it’s not just a train ride – be sure to take the time to see all of their attractions and facilities.

And adjacent to the site is the Rushcliffe Country Park in which the main station and Ruddington facilities are located.

The park has an excellent children’s play area and a kiosk selling teas, coffees and ice creams. The village center of Ruddington (about 20 minutes walk from Ruddington station) has pubs and shops, as well as a fish & chip shop.

The southern edge of the national park provides access to Asher Lane, and from there to an extensive network of trails criss-crossing Gotham Moor and the railway line.

More details on the NHR can be found here

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