Journey into the past on the Helston steam train railway! With this authentically restored heritage train service, you’ll be travelling the tracks that once brought commerce and holidaymakers through Cornwall a hundred years ago! Taking you through the stunning Cornish countryside towards both the south and lizard coast, the trip takes around 25 minutes, so if you’re looking for a shorter activity to slot into your day out the Helston railway might be a perfect choice!
They have trains dating all the way from 1929 to 1959 with histories of their own. While some ran along this same railway line in their day, others come from as far away as Edinburgh, making for an interesting and diverse collection of rolling stock. Whether you’re looking for a great family day out or interested in the history of one of the UK’s biggest industrial advancements, a train through the Helston railway line is a ticket well worth buying!
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Started up by a dedicated and enthusiastic team 15 years ago, the Helston railway is a passion project painstakingly restored over the years to get to where they are today. Whilst they’ve had too close to visitors over lockdown, their passionate team of volunteers have been working hard to open up more of the original Helston line and make their railway experience even better!
If you’re looking to spend a bit longer there they have plenty to do! Feeling peckish during your trip? Visit their beautifully restored railway carriage for hot and cold drinks, light lunches and snacks, including gluten-free options and their locally-sourced acclaimed bacon rolls! Their gift shop is not only stocked with great souvenirs and second-hand books, but also with a wonderful collection of pre-loved Thomas The Tank engine toys for children to enjoy.
- Membership for just £7 for children and £20 for adults for a full year
- Family packages are available for discounted rates!
- Helston Railway is run fully by volunteers and even you can volunteer to help!
- Just 18 miles away from the centre of Cornwall
- Free parking