Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway

Sarah Gaffney-Lang, Families Editor
Courtesy of Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway

Calling steam train enthusiasts big and small!

In picturesque West Cumbria, the historic Ravenglass & Eskdale railway is ready to transport you back in time.
Departing at Ravenglass – the only coastal village located in two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the route covers seven miles, with seven stops and takes 40 minutes each way – covering a vast landscape with estuaries, open countryside and England’s highest mountains as a spectacular backdrop from some 210ft above sea level.

A ride on the La’al Ratty was one of Alfred Wainwright’s favourites trips and immortalised in his walks from to ‘Britain’s Favourite View’ – Wastwater which is a short walk away.

Travellers can choose from the open top upper carriage or the cosier half-covered option depending on the weather. Both provide stunning views for the not-to-be-missed photo opportunities at Irton Road (on the outward leg) and Murthwaite Crushing Plant (on the return).

The main season runs from March until October (there are special heritage train rides organised annually during the winter months including over Christmas and into the New Year).

A ride in the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway carriage with your little ones is not to be missed.

Ravenglass and Eskdale RailwayRavenglassCA18 1SW View map
Telephone: 01229717171 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Monday9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday9:00am - 5:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway

Seeing Things Poster Front
Seeing Things at The Edge

‘Seeing Things’ at The Edge in Wigan, gathers the work of nine local artists in an effort to bring art and related activities closer to the community.

free entry

Where to go near Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway

Muncaster Castle

The Muncaster Castle estate takes in a haunted castle, bluebell woods, Hawk and Owl Centre and more.


Wastwater is the deepest lake in England at 258 feet and one of the most dramatic spots in the country to swim.

Florence Arts Centre

Florence Mine has been transformed into a centre for cultural activity, offering workshops, gallery space, cinema and music venue.

TheBeacon, courtesy of venue
The Beacon

The Beacon in Whitehaven provides a well-used museum service for local families and visitors, drawing on rich collections – fine and decorative arts, social history, archaeology and natural sciences.

Lowes Court Gallery

Lowes Court Gallery in Egremont aims to showcase the quality of traditional and contemporary Cumbrian craft, led by a membership of artists.

The Ruskin Museum

The Ruskin Museum tells the story of Coniston in Cumbria – a place of copper mines and slate quarries, Swallows & Amazons country where Beatrix Potter owned farms and Stone Age fell walkers once dwelled.

LawsonParkFarm, courtesy of venue
Bed & Breakfast
Lawson Park Farm Cottage

Award-winning self-catering holiday accommodation that is not only beautiful but also supports the pioneering work of Grizedale Arts.

Grizedale Arts

Grizedale Arts continues to explore the role of art in society from its award winning eco-base near Coniston.

Brantwood, image courtesy of venue

The Lake District home of the radical social and cultural thinker, John Ruskin.

Culture Guides

Love Lies Bleeding - Manchester Film Festival
Cinema in Manchester and the North

This month's film picks include 90s action flicks, contemporary Japanese independent cinema, and a festival curated by the next generation of film programmers.

Music in Manchester and the North

Fresh concert seasons, forward-thinking festivals and a revolving door of amazing gigs. Things are looking bright as spring comes into view.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

February is a month of love so art lovers in the North - rejoice! There is lots to choose from: two photography festivals, gorgeous crafts and shows celebrating local talent.