Take a Ride behind one of our vintage steam locomotives for a special journey back in time.

Breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway, while your eyes and ears thrill to the puffing and hissing of the steam engine. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and enjoy a unique view of some of Yorkshire’s finest countryside … or hop off at Holywell Halt and just watch the trains go by!

first-classFor something a little extra special, try riding in our First Class saloons, or combine your trip with a Cream Tea (selected dates) served on the train. During the summer we also offer Evening Eats: Strawberry Specials, Fish & Chip Specials and our famous Curry Express!

We are one of Britain’s Heritage Railways and a registered educational charity. We run regular steam services throughout the year and lots of exciting special events: 1940’s Weekend, Branchline Weekend, Santa Specials, Goods Trains Days, Halloween Specials and lots more besides! A journey on the multi award-winning Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is an unforgettable experience for all the senses.



Cream Teas available on Sunday 28th, Monday 29th August & Sunday 11th September (1940’s Weekend)

  • First Class Silver Service: Table seat, embroidered table cloth, head rests and curtains
  • Hot beverages of Fresh Ground Filter Coffee or our delightful Yorkshire Tea
  • Fresh scone served with clotted cream and strawberry jam
  • Return journey – your table is reserved for your return journey too – perhaps you’d like to save half of your scone for the way back?
  • Refills of our tea and coffee available on the return journey
  • Children have the option of a large cookie instead of the scone (most still opt for the scone!)
  • Children can have fresh apple or orange juice (instead of tea/coffee) if they prefer
  • Day rover ticket to ride on the train for the rest of the day (back in standard class)

Children (3-15) £11 / Concessions £15 / Adults £16


Some like it hot!

New for 2016! Our steam-hauled trains will depart from Bolton Abbey loaded with delicious local curry!  We’re running the Curry Express trains in conjunction with Aagrah Restaurants of Ilkley and so you’ll be assured of top quality cuisine prepared by experts!

Lamb hydrabadi or Vegetable ginger
Pilau rice

Our next Curry Express departs Bolton Abbey Station on 3rd September 2016 at 7PM.  There is ample free parking in Bolton Abbey Station car park.

Adults: £16 each. Children: £10 each. Prices include travel and curry. Advance booking is essential.

For tickets, click through to our ticketing system and choose ‘Evening Eats’.



Step back into a bygone era with a visit to the award-winning Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.

We will engage, enthuse and excite you … The sight and sound of powerful majestic steam engines, from the industrial workhorses of pits, collieries, docks and factory yards to the more glamorous locomotives which graced main lines … all lovingly restored by our team of volunteers.


We’ve got vintage Edwardian carriages, Victorian Director’s Saloons and original 1960’s slam-door stock to ride in. We’re proud of our re-built Bolton Abbey Station & the delightful Victorian features of the restored Embsay Station. The rural request-stop Holywell Halt is a wonderful place to picnic, whilst our traditionally-uniformed friendly staff will leave you with some enduring memories of a special day out.

The steam railway is very well run, with friendly helpful staff, beautifully kept platforms, lovely views along the way and the trains themselves are fantastic. Our 1 year old son very much enjoyed his first ever train trip and we are glad it was on a “proper” train!! Would recommend if you are in the area. Stephig123, TripAdvisor Review


Donate to our appeal and help us restore the steam locomotive Wheldale!


We’ve nearly raised £30,000 but we’ll still need another £100,000 to undertake all repairs!



We’d be delighted to host your wedding. Bolton Abbey Station is a licensed wedding venue and we can promise you a special day to remember!  We’re completely flexible with regards to your arrangements, see our wedding galleries for inspiration!



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