The Isle of Wight Steam Railway: A top family attraction

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is an exciting, family-friendly railway that will captivate and charm you with its beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages. Dating all the back to 1876 when the first locomotive was built, The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is a great day out and is full of rich history that both adults and children alike will find fascinating.

Take a ride on a steam train

During your visit, see the majestic steam trains and take a ride across the Island’s stunning countryside. Passing through ancient woodland and unspoilt farmland, you can stop off at one of the stations to explore, or just sit back and watch the world pass by.

Spanning five miles from Smallbrook Junction to Ashey, Havenstreet and Wooten, the tour will stop at all stations along the way. Your ticket will allow you to travel unlimited times on the trains on the day of issue, so you can ride between stations as much as you like!

A popular UK heritage railway

The line that first opened in 1862 once ran 55 miles across the rural parts of the Isle of Wight, but is now reduced to just five miles, allowing visitors to experience the excitement of steam trains whilst passing through stunning areas between the four stops.

The station building at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway is only a recent addition to the railway map, providing passengers an interchange between the island’s two railway systems. Completed in 2012, the station building has been created in the traditional Southern Railway style, with a waiting room, ticket office and eco-friendly composting toilet.

Learn and have fun at the Steam Museum

The whole railway feels like a working museum, but there’s also an amazing collection of artefacts housed at the Steam Museum that help guests understand and learn about the development of the railways on the Isle of Wight. Ranging from small uniform buttons to large platform signs, the museum has many items from multiple railway companies on display.

Special events for summer, Christmas and all year round

Throughout the year, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway hosts many exciting events for families and locomotive enthusiasts including The Island Steam Show, with a range of entertainment, working steam demonstrations, fairground rides and more. They also have the Mixed Traction Event which sees the power of steam pitched against diesel locomotion.

The railway also hosts other exciting events such as:

Cider & Cheese Weekend

Hosted at the Havenstreet Station, you can enjoy a pint of cider and platter of cheese as you watch the trains go by!

Beer and Buses event

Hosted again at Havenstreet Station, the Beer and Buses event provides the opportunity to travel on vintage transport and enjoy a beer or two from the real ale bar.

Teddy Bear Days

Children up to the age of 17 can bring their teddy bear to Havenstreet to meet the Railway teddies and will travel for free if they have their bear with them. There is also a teddy bear treasure hunt!

 Click here to find out about more events held at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

The West Bay Cottages are around 35 minutes’ drive from the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and provide a comfortable base from which to explore the island. Why not take a look at our collection of lovely self-catering cottages and start planning your next break today?


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