East Anglian Railway Museum


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Chappel Station
Wakes Colne
Essex
CO6 2DS
England

  • Phone: 01206 242524

The East Anglian Railway Museum is a living heritage site based at Chappel railway station. We are situated on the edge of breathtaking Constable Country and adjacent to one of the largest railway viaduct in Eastern England. The complex of original Victorian buildings has a unique story to tell of railways and people’s lives in East Anglia from the 1840s through to the 21st Century. The Museum has the most comprehensive collection of railway architecture, locomotives and firsthand accounts of people who worked on the railways. The impressive site includes original and restored Station Buildings, Signal Boxes, a Goods Shed and a fully functioning Restoration Shed. We are an accredited museum and part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage - A great day out at a Visit Britain Quality Assured Visitor Attraction.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Daily 10.00-16.30 Christmas & Boxing Day Closed

Charges:

Non-Event Days: Adults: £4.50 Seniors: £4.00 Children: £2.00 Event Days: Adults: £8.00 Seniors: £7.00 Children: £4.00

Travel directions:

By Train We are located on the Sudbury to Marks Tey branch railway line where Greater Anglia operate an hourly service seven days per week throughout the year. Direct trains can be taken from Sudbury, Bures or Marks Tey to the museum. Marks Tey has an excellent mainline connection with regular trains from London, Colchester and Ipswich. Please visit the National Rail website for up-to-date train times and fare prices. If you come to the museum by train you are eligible for a 10% discount of the admission price - please present your valid rail ticket when entering the museum. By Road The museum has ample parking along the station entrance road. Coming from Ipswich, Chelmsford or London (Via A12) Leave A12 at Junction 26 (Colchester Zoo turn-off) and follow the A1124 towards Halstead. After around 5 miles you will see a large railway viaduct - proceed under this and turn right at the cross roads. We are a short distance up the hill in the railway station on the right marked by the British Rail double arrow logo. Coming from Colchester (through town) Follow the signs through the town to join the A1124 towards Halstead. After around 5 miles you will see a large railway viaduct - proceed under this and turn right at the cross roads. We are a short distance up the hill in the railway station on the right marked by the British Rail double arrow logo. Coming from Sudbury Leave the town via Cornard Road and follow the road around 6 miles through Bures. On leaving Bures, take first right towards Mount Bures and proceed up-hill over the railway level crossing. Follow the road for about 3 miles. After going over the hump back bridge, follow road another 500 metres and we're located in Station Road on the left. (If you've got as far as the crossroads/viaduct - you've gone too far!) By Bus: First Essex Bus and Hedingham Omnibuses operate services to Chappel and Wakes Colne Post Office (five minutes walk from the Museum up the hill) every hour Mondays to Saturdays (routes 88 and 88A). These routes operate from Colchester Bus Station via Chappel and Wakes Colne to Halstead. (Colchester Bus Station is situated in the town centre). Network Colchester also operate some limited services via Chappel.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Dogs welcome
  • Toilets
  • Refreshments
  • Public car park
  • Picnic area
  • Parking for coaches
  • Gardens open to public
  • Cinema/film screening facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Bicycle park
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups

Services:

  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Commercial filming service
  • Touch exhibits
  • Handling sessions
  • Audio guides specifically for blind and partially sighted people
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered

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