Ravenglass Railway Museum

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The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
CA18 1SW

  • For all visit and research enquiries: 01229 717171

A newly redeveloped museum (opened June 2017) telling the story of the historic Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and the people who built and worked it through ornate locomotives, rolling stock and hundreds of smaller objects spanning 140 years, with hands-on interactive features the whole family can enjoy.

Further information

Opening Hours:

10-5 Feb half-term to Oct half-term. Limited opening over winter


Free. Some events may be charged.

Travel directions:

CAR From M6 junction 36 follow the brown Western Lake District signs to Broughton-in-Furness, passing Newby Bridge on the A590 and turning right at Greenodd roundabout onto the A5092. From Broughton-in-Furness follow the A595 to Silecroft T junction (turn right) and beyond. From M6 junction 40 follow the brown Western Lake District signs past Keswick on the A66 towards Cockermouth. Turn left at the Cockermouth roundabout onto the A5086. Follow the A5086 to Egremont where it joins the A595. Turn left for Ravenglass following the A595. From Ambleside use the A593 passing through Coniston before arriving at Broughton-in-Furness. From Windermere and Bowness take the A592 to Newby Bridge. Various scenic routes offer spectacular journeys in fine weather. From the Central Lakes the dramatic Wrynose and Hardknott passes route to Eskdale but be aware of the 1-in-3 hills, single track road and hairpin bends. Not for the faint-hearted. There are also single track roads over Cold Fell and Corney Fell, though it is usually quicker to take the main roads. RAIL Leave the car behind and visit us by rail from Lancaster and Morecambe, Grange-over-Sands, Preston, and Carlisle. Regular Northern trains travel on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line between Carlisle, Whitehaven and Barrow calling at Ravenglass every day except Sunday. Save money with a through ticket: £4.00 off the normal combined adult fare, £2.00 off the child fare with even greater savings for railcard holders. You can buy these from station ticket offices or from conductors on the train. For more details on timetable and fare information visit northernrailway.co.uk or call 0800 200 6060

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Conference facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Cafeteria
  • Dogs welcome
  • Parking for coaches
  • Public car park
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Library
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Study facilities
  • Education facilities available

Facilities information:

ADMISSION Entry to the Ravenglass Railway Museum is FREE, though we rely on visitor donations to remain open and develop. CAR PARK Approx. 80 spaces in tarmac car park. Disabled spaces available outside museum. Charges £1.00 first hour or £3.50 all day. CAFE Hot and cold drinks, meals and snacks are available from the café on Platform 1 of Ravenglass R&ER station when the railway is operating. Food and drink is not allowed in the museum owing to the need to protect our historic objects TOILETS There are toilets including wheelchair-accessible and baby-change facilities on Platform 1 of Ravenglass R&ER station c150m from the museum VISITORS We welcome families, though children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Several of our locomotives and carriages can be touched or climbed on, but can be sharp or dirty and visitors do so at their own risk ACCESS The museum displays are fully wheelchair accessible. Part of the museum is accessed via an internal ramp PHOTOGRAPHY Still photography is welcome for personal and not commercial use unless by prior arrangement


  • Touch exhibits
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Loan service
  • Online teaching materials available
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Public access to stores available
  • Specialist publications on collections available

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