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.



Our Fish & Chip Specials combine the best fish & chips in Skipton with the best views in Yorkshire!

The steam-hauled train leaves Bolton Abbey station at 19.00 with Fish and Chips served during the journey. A buffet car will also be on the train offering a range of hot, cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and other fare.

Advance booking is essential.

Adults: £16 each. Children: £10 each. Prices include travel and food.

Fish & Chip Specials will run on 9th & 23rd July, 6th & 27th August 2016.

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!