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Group Visits:Group Visits at Colne Valley Railway

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Railways, £2-£10


Colne Valley Railway

Colne Valley Railway


Hedingham Station,
Yeldham Road,
Castle Hedingham,


The Colne Valley Railway is a heritage railway on the Essex Suffolk boarder in Castle Hedingham. We have a mile length of track with the picturesque 1950s station in the middle.
Travel on board one of our traditionally restored carriages as you get transported back in time to the age of steam, or ride along our line in our diesel railcar whilst watching how the driver operated the train.

Come and Ride on the miniature 7 1/4inch railway which runs alongside the main line, this is a must do activity which has proven popular ride for group visits.

Visit the Tierney Model Railway and watch the 00 gauge trains travel around the layout an see the detail which has gone into building the fantastic model railway.

Learn about the mail trains by visiting our traveling post office exhibition as well as learning about the railway and it existence in the exhibition centre. Visit one of our working signal boxes and watch the signal men pull the leavers and ring the bells and learn about how they were and in some cases still used on the main line trains across the country.

Sit back and relax a meal on our Pullman train which has been featured in the Woman In Black film, as well as having the present queen travel in comfort in Aquilla. For information on our Pullman trains please call 01787 461147

If you don't wish to have a full sit down meal why not have a cream tea or refreshments in our buffet carriage

Group can choose form a guided tour of the railway or to wonder around at their leisure, if you are interested in specific area of the railway we can tailor your visit to meet your needs.

The majority of the site is disable friendly, with easy access ramps on and off the main line trains and a level crossing across the track to get to the other platform and activities. Unfortunately to signal box and exhibition centre are currently inaccessible to wheelchair users

Coach park: Yes, large free coach park

Drop off: Yes

Driver: Free admission, use of staff facilities

Visit hrs: 52

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Public transport is not available on Sunday

Opening details

Open March- October every Sunday 10:30 am -5 pm, Bank Holiday Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during school holidays (Tuesday and Friday static viewing only), plus many other special event days. Please check opening dates and times before visiting.


Timetabled steam operating days, groups of 15+ £6.00pp, diesel operating days £5.00pp
Private visit on non-operational day start at £7.00pp with diesel train rides (min 30)
With steam train ride £12.00pp (50 min) Use of Pullman train - please call for options
Catering extra.

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Map reference: TL 773361  Lat: 51.99503 Long: 0.58110

By Road:
Situated about 10 miles north of Braintree on the A1017.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Public transport is not available on Sunday

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu


Ramp available to trains and into some buildings. Escorted level crossing over railway track Restaurant - outdoor seating only suitable for wheelcahir users.