In September we had our first visit to Perrygrove Railway in the Forest of Dean. It was a brilliant day out and we all loved riding the train as many times as we liked! That’s certainly not been on option at any of the other train rides we’ve been to, and we do love a good local day out with the kids.
Perrygrove Railway in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire has play parks at both ends of the railway, and walks between other stops. There is a cafe, which had nice coffees – we got them for the drive home! Both girls loved it, and ask to go back. At that stage, H was nearly 5, and B just gone 2.
H enjoyed the treasure hunt (extra charge (currently £2)), which culminated in a finding the clues to identify a box where your treasure was located. It was brilliant, and so unique. The girls loved the chocolate money prize.
Our visit to Perrygrove Railway…
The train leaves from near the entrance beside the cafe/treetop adventure playground. Here’s the map to help you get your bearings…
You can travel all the way to the end of the line (Oakiron) and back if you like, however at the far end of the line, there is a play park (Foxy Hollow Play Area (9) with park benches, perfect for lunch. There aren’t any toilets here, so do take a potty for recently toilet trained toddlers!
It is lovely that it is covered, perfect for summer shade, and for rain every other time of the year.
We took a packed lunch and drinks so we could eat anywhere i.e. when the kids start jabbering about food, opposed to being hangry. The Foxy Hollow play area was perfect. I’ve popped a picture of the cafe menu near the bottom so you can see cafe prices.
** Video coming soon! **
We were surprised our visit lasted all day, and the girls cried when it was time to leave. Sometimes all you need is a train you can ride all day!
Remember hats, sun cream and waterproofs as it’s a bit of a trek to the car and you don’t want to miss the train! There might be shaded areas and a covered play area, but most park benches at Foxy Hollow aren’t covered if you do have lunch there, like we did.
Perrygrove ticket price
As days out go, Perrygrove was very reasonably priced with our tickets costing around £22, for two adults and one child as B was under 3. Family tickets (2 adults + 2 children) are £27. I’ve popped the current price list below, but obviously do check their website.
Perrygrove Railway discounts
I’m sure I’ve seen discounts on leaflets the Perrygrove leaflets before…
However, they offer certain discounts themselves…
Buy a second day’s visit for half price (must be used within 7 days).
Also Toddler Tuesdays when it’s only preschoolers.
Planning your visit…
A few extra photos from our visit to Perrygrove Railway which may help you plan your visit…
Perrygrove Railway timetable (taken Sept 2019):
The cafe at Perrygrove Railway:
The train ride is actually quite short, 10-15 minutes making it perfect for toddlers, but H loved it just as much and she’s nearly 5. If you get a moment to appreciate it, it does have lovely views.
And, as you’ll see in the video a child gets chosen to wave the flag!
Perrygrove Railway review verdict
We had a brilliant day out and would thoroughly recommend it.
It also wasn’t too expensive which was really nice too, and as it as small, everyone was made to feel welcome. It was lovely that a child is chosen each time to wave the flag to the driver.
It’s also very well thought out, and just the right length for toddlers.