Experience the magic of Santa on Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway! Santa has a gift for well-behaved children on our cosy steam trains. It may be cold outside, but our historic station buildings will be glowing with coal fires, there will be festive music and Christmas lights, our steam engines will be heating the carriages whilst mince pies plus other seasonal fare will be available to complete the festive experience! Who knows, with a little luck you could get a blanket of snow too!

We know many families come back year after year. Seats are filling up fast and the Christmas Eve Santa Special is almost 70% full, so BOOK NOWAdvance booking is essential.

Sunday 27th November 2016 – 20% discount (on this date only! – use code ‘candycane’ in the basket)
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December 2016
Tuesday 6th December (ideal for schools and playgroups)
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December 2016
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December 2016
Saturday 24th December 2016 (reduced service)

Children aged between 3 and 15 (including a present from Santa) £14.00. Children aged 2 or under (including a present from Santa) £8.00. All other fares £14.00. All trains depart from BOLTON ABBEY STATION ONLY.


Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October 2016.

Frequent trains will run during the daytime with decorations and excitement. (Saturday and Sunday).

There will be a witch hunt set up around the railway for you to take part in and a fancy dress competition.

In addition, there is an ‘Evening Scare’ Halloween train which departs from Bolton Abbey at 19.00 on Saturday 29th October.

Advance Booking Essential for the Evening train.

Daytime Halloween Specials:
Children (3-15) £5 / Concessions £9 / Adults £10

Evening Scare Train:
Children (3-15) £6 / Adults £15


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.



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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