We visited here with my two little boys 3 and 6 and to say they had fun is an understatement! The staff where lovely and very friendly, the train driver was very accommodating when the boys wanted to have a look in the train, there was a cafe and a shop at each station including a miniature railway ride for £1pp at Bolton Abbey, you get roughly 20mins at the station to do what you like and they have facilities at both. The price was £25 for a family ticket of 2+2 and you have the choice of gift aid also. It was a brilliant morning out, would make a nice day if you like to walk and explore but my two did not want to leave the train. We would definitely visit this place again. JoeAndTrish, Thirsk, TripAdvisor Review

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


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.


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!

For 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.


Getting hitched? Hold your wedding at Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway for a special day to remember!



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!