Toddlers Tweens Primary Indoor & Outdoor Railway Outdoor Fun

Whistlestop Valley Railway

Whistlestop Valley Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ
01484 865727
Average time spent - 3 hours
Featured image for Whistlestop Valley Railway

Things to do at Whistlestop Valley Railway review

The Whistlestop Valley Railway is a 3.5-mile long 15-in gauge railway line in the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire. They are well known for their family-friendly event days with Santa specials, Halloween trains and more.

You can travel in beautiful hand-painted carriages behind one of Yorkshire’s great little steam trains. The journey takes 25 minutes each way and journeys through the foothills of the South Pennines from Clayton West station to Shelley. The train even goes through a tunnel which is the longest tunnel on any 15-inch railway in Britain. They have six steam engines plus two diesel engines.

if one train ride isn’t enough a standard day ticket allows unlimited travel on the day you visit (subject to availability and not available on special event days). There are excellent outdoor play areas at both of the stations. The larger play area opened in 2018 at Clayton West and features a wooden train, plus swings, climbing frames and slides. Also at Clayton West station, there is the Clayton Flyer. This is a 71/4 inch miniature ride-on railway that takes on a trip around the duck pond. You can enjoy two loops for just £1 per person.

The second play area at Shelley was given a major revamp in 2019 and is based around a train. It includes a sandpit for kids to play in and overlooks the platform so it makes a great viewing area. You can also enjoy walks in the surrounding countryside and villages. Walking routes are accessible from Clayton West, Skelmanthorpe and Shelley.

Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places still require you to pre-book online in advance.

FAQ and Further Information Whistlestop Valley Railway

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe and a tea room serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

What are the main things to do?

Light railway with scenic train rides, two refurbished play areas, miniature railway and walks in the local area. There are toilets and places to purchase food and drinks.

What are the ticket prices?

*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult standard ticket costs around £8, children £7, under 3s are free. Plus there are different prices for their different events and special days.

Is there parking?

There is a large free car park at Clayton West station.

When are they open?

Whistlestop Valley Railway runs a varied schedule throughout the year. For up to date opening times please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome on non-event days. Assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?

Kirklees Light Railway
Kirklees Light Railway
Kirklees Light Railway
Kirklees Light Railway

*This post contains affiliate links

Find a family-friendly caravan park or hotel nearby in North Yorkshire

Join in the conversation of find a great day out near you, join us on Facebook and Instagram 

Top attractions in West Yorkshire

  • Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld
    All Ages Outdoor Outdoor Fun Free

    Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld

    Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld, Hoyle Mill Rd, Kinsley, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 5JB

  • Huddersfield Leisure Centre KAL
    All Ages Indoor Swimming Sports Indoor Play Centres Indoor Fun

    Huddersfield Leisure Centre KAL

    Huddersfield Leisure Centre, Spring Grove St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 4BP

  • Ninja Warrior UK Leeds
    Primary Teens Tweens Indoor Adventure Indoor Play Centres Indoor Fun

    Ninja Warrior UK Leeds

    Ninja Warrior UK Leeds, Ramshead Approach, Seacroft, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 1NH

  • Snozone Castleford Xscape Yorkshire
    All Ages Indoor Sports Indoor Fun

    Snozone Castleford Xscape Yorkshire

    Snozone, Xscape Yorkshire, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 4TA

  • Puttstars Mini Golf Leeds
    Primary Teens Tweens Indoor Sports Indoor Fun

    Puttstars Mini Golf Leeds

    Puttstars Mini Golf Leeds, The Springs, Century Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8GB

  • Temple Newsam
    All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical Animals Outdoor Fun

    Temple Newsam

    Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE