THEY SAY: The No. 1 tourist attraction in North East Lincolnshire as voted by visitors on TripAdvisor.
WE SAY: The kids will love the four mile return journey along the Humberside coast on one of Britain’s oldest seaside miniature railways.
KIDS love trains, and my two children loved being able to hop on themselves into the little carriages on the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway.
Operating between three stations, you can join the railway at either the Kingsway, Lakeside or North Sea Lane stations and it is a great way to see the coastline.
Each station is about 15 minutes apart, with a full round trip between the three taking about 45 minutes.
Adjacent to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre and the Southern Promenade, this terminus station is home to a gift shop selling a wide range of railway souvenirs. Also on offer are snacks and light refreshments.
Lakeside is the hub of the railway, found halfway along the line. It is home to the smallest pub on the planet – The Signal Box Inn. It’s just 8×8 square feet and seating four people at a time.
Platform One Cafe is also at Lakeside Station, a new addition for 2015, and sells breakfasts, lunches and refreshments.
The Griffin Hall Museum tells the story of the Sutton Miniature Railway and includes on display ‘Mighty Atom’ – one of the oldest 15 inch gauge steam locomotives in the world. At this station, Oliver and Jasmine loved playing on the empty carriages.
The other terminus station was added as part of the railways extension in 2007 and is near Thorpe Park and Pleasure Island Theme Park.
INFO: A Full Line Return ticket allows travel on the complete railway, a return trip taking approximately 40 – 45 minutes long. This ticket can be purchased at any of the three stations.
If it’s cold you will need to wrap up as the train has open sides! We ate our picnic as we travelled and the kids enjoyed waving to everyone as we passed down the coast.
The railway also hosts driver experience days where you can take the controls and learn to drive the train for £150.We were happy to just be passengers, though.
The railway holds regular events throughout the year including music festivals, Days out with Thomas, folk and cider festivals, Halloween and the ever popular Santa Specials.
INFO: Dogs are allowed on the trains, for £1.50 per dog
The Jungle Zoo is within walking distance from Lakeside Station, so a ride on the trains, coupled together with the zoo make for a good day out – especially if you then go to the seafront for fish and chips too!
Both share the same, huge pay and display car park where you can park all day for £5.
- Reviewed March 2014
NEED TO KNOW…
LOCATION: Lakeside Station: Kings Road, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 0AG.
OPEN: Winter: Weekends only. After March 25: Open daily
PRICES: Adult Full Line: £3.50 single or £4 return. Child Full Line: £3 single or £3.50 return. Adult Half Line: £2.50 single or £3 return. Child Half Line £2 single or £2.50 return.
A child ticket includes anyone between the age of three and 16 years old.
CALL: 01472 604657