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Your visit, your itinerary

As one of the most popular visitor attractions in Lancashire there are plenty of things to see and do around the line and the six station stops are well equipped with cafés, pubs, gift shops and a Transport Museum waiting to be explored!

Whether your group is after a scenic steam journey, fine dining experience or something a little different, the East Lancashire Railway provides plenty of options to ensure that your party has an enjoyable visit.

For more information on Group Visits at the East Lancashire Railway download the Groups & Corporate Visits 2015 Leaflet at the bottom of the page.

Add On Excursions*

Combine your trip to the East Lancashire Railway with a visit to one of the nearby tourist attractions and museums at an exclusive, heavily discounted price. Prices listed include one full line trip on the East Lancashire Railway.

Bury Art Museum

Adult: £11.80   Child: £9.40

Showcasing the best of international and local art, Bury Art Museum is the perfect place to find out more about the rich history of Bury and the surrounding area. Guided tour included. Visit the Bury Art Museum website.

Imperial War Museum North

Adult: £11.80   Child: £8.40

Discover fascinating stories about people who have been affected by war as experiences are brought to life with over 1,400 objects, tours and unique interactive displays of sight, sound, touch and even smell. Visit the Imperial War Museum North website.

The Fusilier Museum

Adult: £11.80   Child: £8.20

Immerse yourself in living history and come face to face with the heroes of the past. Discover the gripping stories of the people who experienced battle first hand. Visit The Fusilier Museum website.

Rochdale Pioneers Museum

Adult: £11.80   Child: £9.40

The birthplace of the modern co-operative movement, visitors can journey back in time and view examples of early advertsing, packaging and retailing artefacts. Visit the Rochdale Pioneers Museum website.

* Add On Excursion packages include admission into the specified attraction as well as a Bury – Rawtenstall (or reverse) one way travel fare. Prices include administration between both the railway and partner attraction, making it easier to book your group visit. Some packages include a guided tour, please enquire for details. Minimum group size of 10 people.

Great Events for Your Group

Christmas Shopper Specials - Dec 2015

Christmas will soon be here and shopping for presents needs to be done. Why not let the train take the strain and explore the many shopping destinations along the line. Whether you’re after major high street stores, quirky, independent boutiques or local markets, let the East Lancashire Railway assist with your last-minute shopping needs!

Santa Specials 28 - 29 Nov and 5 - 6, 12 - 13, 19 - 24 Dec 2015

Steam into Christmas in style with a magical journey on our Santa Specials. Soak up the spirit of the season at the fairy lit Bolton Street Station before boarding a beautifully decorated vintage carriage for your journey through our very own winter wonderland, the Irwell Valley. Meet Father Christmas and his host of happy elves as they deliver a special gift to each child and mince pie and festive tipple to the adults. A fantastically festive event for all! Visit the Santa Specials page for more information.

Dining Experiences

The East Lancashire Railway has an array of steam hauled dining excursions ideal for all group visits. From the quintessentially British Afternoon Tea and Cream Tea Specials to great value two course Mid-Week Luncheons.

Rail Ale Trail**

The East Lancashire Railway’s Rail Ale Trails take you on a voyage to discover some of the Irwell Valley’s most beautiful locations and exceptional pubs, all linked together by the railway. Whether you are an ale lover, cider aficionado or cream soda supporter, you will find something to suit your taste buds at every station along the route. Whether it’s a bespoke group excursion, teambuilding exercise or a corporate event, the tours are suitable for both small and large groups and can be tailored to your group’s requirements. Visit the Rail Ale Trail page for more information.

** Please note that all Rail Ale Trails are guided tours that focus on the history, heritage and culture of the local areas and its people.

Booking & Payment

To make a booking or to start planning your visit contact our Group Bookings Manager, Laura Duncan, on 0161 764 7790 or email

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