Don’t you dare miss the North Bay Railway! It’s nothing less than a freaking trip through time.and be transported into time by its vintage miniature train experience, and picturesque railroads overlooking the spectacular Scarborough seaside.
Built in 1931, the 20 inches gauge North Bay Railway is one of the oldest miniature coastal railways in the country. It made its first journey from Peasholm Station to Scalby Mills driven by the Mayor of Scarborough. Since the railroad was part of the Coastal Defence Area, it had to be shut down on 1940 during WWII and it remained closed till 1945. During this time, the railroad tunnels were used only to house storage boxes for the musical instruments belonging to the Royal Naval School of Music.
Covering a distance of about a mile, the train ride offers a connection between the gorgeously green Peasholm Park on one end and the Sea Life Centre on the other. Riding on the tiny moss coloured choo choo trains with whistles and tunnels will not just put a smile on your kids’ faces but also give YOU the chance to be a child once again.
The friendly driver and guards are an enthusiastic lot who are more than willing to answer your questions during the ride. The trains offers indoor and outdoor seating.
The North Bay Railway has a range of fun activities for visitors around the year:
- Train driver for a day – Drive one of the historic locomotives with only your friends and family on the train from Peasholm Park Station to Scalby Mills and back. You may also charter the train exclusively for your group (and not drive it), which is just as fun (Ticket £ 80-100, refer website for details)
- Water Chute: It has been renovated and put in operation by the North Bay Railway Company. They claim that the chute is one of only three left in the country. (Open 11:00am -04:00pm; Ticket £ 2.20 for 2 rides per person).
- Boating Lake: See the Scarborough Open Air Theatre as you pedal along the lake at Northstead Manor Gardens. (Open 11:00am-04:00pm; Ticket £ 3.50 per boat)
- Water Walkers: Who doesn’t think of walking on water? Take the opportunity to get into these air sealed hamster balls and try. (Ages 5+, Open on weekends 11:00am-05:00pm, Tickets £ 4.40 per person).
- Santa Specials: Be part of the festivities at North Bay Railway where adults and kids are taken on a journey to find Santa and later visit him. The entire experience is warm and merry with gifts for children and refreshments for the adults. (Ticket details available on website).
- Disabled and wheelchair friendly trains.
- Payments in Cash only.
- Pets allowed on train.
- Car parking charge of £ 3.0 is separate.
- The Sea Life Centre is the sole attraction at Scalby Mills. You may not find much else to see or do at this spot.
- Service may be curtailed due to bad weather or trains may be added or removed without prior notice. A good idea would be to call and confirm operation before you visit.
- Gift shop and cafe available at the stations.
- Carry a light jacket.
- If you can manage to visit in the morning at around 1000-1100, you will find the place to be far more serene and uncrowded. Long queues can be avoided during this time.
- The trip lasts 15 minutes one way which might seem short for the price you pay. Some people would prefer walking the stretch. You could take the train one way and walk back through the promenade enjoying the beach.
- North Bay Railway General Admission for Adult £ 2.70, Child £ 2.10
- Children under 3 years of age travel free.
- North Bay Railway also has seasonal and group travel offers on tickets.
- Try to book tickets online to get your hands on vouchers to save money.
- Adult return tickets £ 3.30, child return ticket £ 2.60.
- Trains run every day but service timings vary: 10:00am (June, July, August), 10:30am (April, May, September), 11:00am (February, March, October, November, December).
- Frequency: At Peasholm Park, trains leave on the hour and every half hour. At Scalby Mills, the train leaves every hour at 15 past and 45 past until 1230.
- Post 12:30, trains leave every 15 minutes from both Peasholm Park and Scalby Mills.
- Last train: leaves from Peasholm Station at 04:30pm.
- During peak seasons such as school holidays and some weekends, North Bay Railway runs two train services.
- By bus: You may take the Yorkshire Coastliner service 843 that runs a pick and drop at Peasholm Park just 200 metre from Peasholm Park Station.
- Yorkshire Coastliner 843 stopPeasholm Park Station.
- Open top bus from Scarborough South Bay to Peasholm Gap
- Boatman’s Tavern
- Glass House Cafe
- The Scampi Shack
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86.77% of people who visit Scarborough include North Bay Railway in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
75% of people start their North Bay Railway visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see North Bay Railway
91.67% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting North Bay Railway
Had a great morning on the NBR. It was their Gala Weekend and had all their trains running, including Georgina - the steam engine. Is great value if you get a day ticket, enabling you to ride all day. The drivers were great with the kids, waving and interacting. One particular driver sat our 2 year old in the drivers seat, which he thought was amazing!!
Great place to visit. Small steam engines running most weekends and holidays, £4 adults £3 children. Also has outdoor children's climbing area £7. Log flume, boats and other activities. Little Cafe and bar areas in the open air theatre.
Friendly train driver that engages with the children. Reasonably priced. Nice scenic route (that ends close to Scalby Mills pub, which is 'dog and sprog friendly' and serves delicious food). The ticket can be used over for multiple same day journeys, which is great news if you have a young child fascinated by the train! Great shop with nice souvenirs and friendly, helpful lady behind the counter
Great way to go to Scarborough sealife centre. They have single and return tickets for adults and children. You can park opposite the train station and take the train to the sea life centre and back. Just be careful when you purchase the car park ticket and allow extra time just in case. The train leaves every 30min so if you just missed one you need to wait half an hour to get the next one. You can also drive to the sea life centre and park there (also paid car park), and take the train from the centre to the station and back. There are some water playground at the station, a gift shop, a cafe, and an ice cream shop too. So you can easily spend the 30min waiting time to catch the returning train. Prices are reasonable and staff are friendly. Prams and pushchair are also allowed on train, so a great fun especially for families with kids.
Excellent, friendly staff. Lovely train ride to Sea Life centre (which is also excellent). Good hot chocolate from the machine. Sky Try really good fun and challenging.