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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Getting There | Bolton Abbey Extension | Embsay Station | Special Events | Links | Contact Details


Click this logo to go to the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam railway site.

In November 2000, the new Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway web site went online - and excellent source of information about the history, news, time tables, special events, and much more!  Do go and check out the site for up to date information.


Getting there

Embsay is situated 1.5 miles north of Skipton, about 30 minutes drive from Pendle.

Embsay Station is about 2 miles from Skipton town center, and is signposted off the A59 Skipton by-pass.  Bolton Abbey Station is situated on the A59 about 800 meters towards Skipton from the Bolton Abbey roundabout.


Bolton Abbey Extension

The long awaited extension to the Embsay railway happened late 1997.  The line now runs to Bolton Abbey station.  The station at Bolton Abbey is a reconstruction of the original and has refreshment rooms, a gift shop, toilets and a large car park (catering for coaches too).

The new station is about 1.5 miles away from the ruins of 12th century Bolton Abbey itself - an excellent place for walking and picnicking, alongside the River Wharfe.

As of August 2000, plans are afoot to extend the line into Skipton as soon as certain contractual and financial details have been resolved.


Embsay Station

The longest standing part of the railway hosts a varied collection of engines and rolling stock.  There's an excellent gift shop with a huge range of railway books and models and memorabilia, run by knowledgeable staff.


Trains run every Sunday throughout the year.  Trains also run several times a day, most days (except Friday) in June, July and August.  A cut down timetable runs in April, May, and September.  For timetables either call +44 1756 795189 or click here.


Special Events 2000

21 - 24 April Easter Day out with Thomas The Tank Engine Event. *
29 April - 01 May May Bank Holiday May Day Children Travel Free Weekend
27, 28, 29 May Spring Bank Holiday Day out with Thomas The Tank Engine Event. *
17 & 18 June Saturday/Sunday Vintage Weekend
26, 27, 28 August August Bank Holiday Day out with Thomas The Tank Engine Event. *
23 & 24 September Saturday/Sunday Wartime Weekend
04 November Saturday Bonfire Night at Bolton Abbey Station
19 Nov -> 17 Dec Sundays SANTA SPECIALS (No booking required)  10.30 -> 16.00
02 Dec -> 16 Dec Saturday SANTA SPECIALS (No booking required)  10.30 -> 16.00
23 & 24 December Saturday/Sunday Vintage Christmas Specials
1 January 2001 Friday New Year's Day Specials **

* Licenced by Britt Alcroft (Thomas) Ltd.  Trains run approximately every 30 minutes from 1000 to 1600.  Fares 5/person (gift included in child fare).  No need to book in advance.

** Happy Tank Engines and steam trains run to the Santa's Special time table.


"Santa Special" Departures
Embsay Depart: 10.35 11.15 11.55 12.35 13.15 13.55 14.35 15.15 16.00
Bolton Abbey Depart: 11.10 11.50 12.30 13.10 13.50 14.30 15.10 15.55

Return journey takes about 55 minutes.



Click this logo to go to the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam railway site.

UK Heritage Railways

Bolton Abbey

Contact Details



Phone: +44 1756 710614, +44 1756 795189 (talking timetable), other enquiries and group booking forms, call 01756 710614.

Snail: Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF, UK


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