For many families Christmas starts here, at Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.  The fires are lit at Bolton Abbey station, and the Refreshment Room and Buffet Cars will be bulging with mince pies and other seasonal fare and festive decorations will be all around.

Santa will be on the train, giving out presents to well behaved children who are in possession of a valid ticket.

Children aged between 3 and 15 (including a present from Santa) £15. Children aged 2 or under (including a present from Santa) £8. All other fares £15. ADVANCED BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Group bookings welcome. Free parking for passengers.

Trains depart Bolton Abbey station at 10.30am, 12.00pm, 1.30pm. and 3.00pm giving a round trip of 1 hour.  The Evening Specials (Adult fare £18, child (3-15) fare £15, child (2 + under) fare £8) depart from Bolton Abbey station at 6.30pm (15th and 22nd & 23rd December only, these include complimentary mince pies, mulled wine (or cordial or fruit juice) and entertainment.


For 2018, we’ve introduced a new seat-selection facility, so you can now choose whether you’d like to be seated in a compartment coach or in one of our saloons (with tables) and choose the exact seats and carriage in which you’d like to sit!

Compartments: Coaches A and E.  Saloons: (seats with tables) coaches B, C, F & G

Please note that Coach D (Santa’s store!) is in the middle of the train and customers cannot pass through this carriage.

If you experience any problems with the seat selection process, you are welcome to call us on 01756 710614.


Sunday 25th November 2018:
EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE – 20% OFF – use code ‘CANDYCANE’ in the basket.


Bolton Abbey Station
Bolton Abbey
North Yorkshire
BD23 6AF


Tickets for our Santa Special trains will sell out, therefore advance booking is required.

The dates nearer to Christmas are especially popular and so early booking for these dates is essential.

Occasionally additional tickets do become available for previously ‘sold out’ dates – so please keep checking our ticketing website for the latest ticket availability.

Sunday 25th November
Saturday 1st December
Sunday 2nd December
Saturday 8th December
Sunday 9th December
Tuesday 11th December (ideal for schools and playgroups)
Saturday 15th December
Saturday 15th December (Evening Santa Special)
Sunday 16th December
Friday 21st December
Saturday 22nd December
Saturday 22nd December (Evening Santa Special)
Sunday 23rd December
Sunday 23rd December (Evening Santa Special)
Monday 24th December


The Evening Santa’s Special will return with complimentary mince pies, mulled wine (or cordial or fruit juice) and on-train entertainment. These run from Bolton Abbey at 6:30pm. Come enjoy a return journey with Santa on our festive trains!

Great video review by one of our customers!
The unique atmosphere of our Santa trains running on a cold winter’s day is captured superbly here!


Today we brought 60 children and 10 adults on a trip to ride on the Santa special. I just wanted to write to say thank you for a wonderful experience. As a child I have ridden on the Santa specials with my parents and today, with my class of children, it was every bit as good as I remember.

The staff were very very helpful and made the trip so much easier. The gentleman who was Father Christmas was excellent and took time to speak to each child as he gave them the presents. He even posed for photos with us on the platform at the end of the ride.

The toys the children received were excellent and the whole experience was marvellous. Well worth the money.

I will definitely be recommending this to all my friends and to other teachers and can’t wait to bring my own daughter to visit.

Thank you again for being so welcoming and friendly and making this a school trip that we will all remember for a very long time. Jennifer Hunter Assistant Headteacher St John's primary school


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