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Your benefits with East Lancashire Railway

  • Get two-for-one tickets* on this heritage railway line – saving up to £16 per adult
  • See the picture-perfect countryside of the North West of England from the comfort of the line’s beautifully restored carriages
  • With seven stops along the 12-mile route, each destination offers something different – from markets and museums to walks and workshops

About East Lancashire Railway

A trip on the East Lancs Railway really is a journey back in time as you glide through the changing landscape between Heywood in Greater Manchester and Rawtenstall in Lancashire. Perfect for a family day out, the railway is open every weekend, and weekdays during the summer months. For an up-to-date timetable, click here.

Explore the local area

To help you plan your trip, here’s what we’d recommend doing at each stop:

Rawtenstall

Explore the cobbled streets, visit the Helmshore Mills Textile Museum and, if you’re thirsty, stop by the oldest original temperance bar for a non-alcoholic tipple.

Irwell Vale

With loads of great walks straight from the platform, why not head out and explore the Irwell Sculpture Trial? There are over 70 artworks to discover in this dramatic landscape.

Ramsbottom

If you’re a foodie, this is the stop for you with its award-winning pubs and restaurants. If real ale is your thing, make a beeline for the Irwell Works Brewery.

Summerseat

This lovely village is a great place to spend an hour or two. With Summerseat Nature Reserve next to the station, you can head straight out into the woods for some birdwatching and insect spotting.

Burrs Country Park

A new station recently added to the line, this stop promises travellers 36 hectares of stunning countryside. If you’re feeling adventurous, the park offers activities like kayaking and climbing.

Bury

From numerous museums to its famous market, Bury is perfect for a longer stop. If you’re looking to entertain the family, Bury Transport Museum provides children’s craft workshops every Wednesday throughout the school holidays.

Heywood

This old factory town was once an important centre for cotton milling. With many of the old Victorian mills still visible, it makes a fascinating walk through industrial history.

FAQs

Q

How can I get to the stations?

A

There are many major road links nearby. Bury Interchange provides both bus and tram services throughout Greater Manchester with the city centre just a 30-minute journey via Metrolink.

Q

Is parking available?

A

Yes, at all stations, although some stations have limited spaces and charge for parking. Heywood is just over a mile from M62 J19 and has free limited parking.

Q

For Sat Nav, please use these postcodes:

A

Bury, BL9 0EY
Heywood, OL10 1LX
Irwell Vale, BL0 0QG
Burrs Country Park, BL8 1DA
Ramsbottom, BL0 9AL
Rawtenstall, BB4 6AG
Summerseat, BL9 5QY

Q

Are the trains accessible?

A

All stations are fully accessible for visitors in wheelchairs. Disabled toilets are available at all manned stations and a dedicated wheelchair accessible carriage is available on selected services. Steps and a ramp are carried on all standard services and assistance dogs are welcome.

Terms and Conditions

*One person travels free when accompanied by a "Freedom of the Line" Adult ticket holder. Not valid on event days. Tickets must be used at the same time, lowest priced ticket is free. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

Contact number: 0333 320 2830 (lines open daily 10am – 4pm).

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