Dean Forest Railway

Dean Forest Railway

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Ride the heritage railway through the stunning Forest of Dean 

Are you looking for things to do in the Forest of Dean? 

We think we've got just the thing. Why not book yourself and your family and friends a ride on the Dean Forest Railway?

Start your day with a greeting from one of the volunteers who run this beautiful heritage steam railway.

Hear the age-old 'chuff-chuff' noise as white steam billows into the forest canopy and you embark on a magical 8.5-mile journey.

Travel through the medieval forest to Parkend on The Dean Forest Railway.


Steam Day Rover Railway Experience - All-Day Ticket Dean Forest Railway

This is perfect for those on a day out in the area and want to explore the railway at their own pace - the Heritage Diesel Railcar is also included!

Available to 4 November 2024

Steam Train Ride - Dean Forest Railway

Dean Forest Railway's most popular steam train ride - perfect for people of all ages! Book your tickets now

Available to 3 November 2024

First Class Steam Train Ride - Dean Forest Railway

Ride the steam train across the whole Dean Forest Railway in first-class style!

Available to 30 October 2024
Dean Forest Railway,
Norchard Station,
Forest Road,
Glos GL15 4ET
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How to get here


The Dean Forest Railway’s Lydney Junction station is less than a 5-minute walk away from the mainline Lydney station. Through trains run to Lydney from Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Chepstow, Newport, Cardiff and Bridgend, operated by either Arriva Trains Wales or Cross Country Trains.

Please note that all timed tickets (such as ‘Steam Train Ride’ tickets) are from Norchard Station – if you had wanted to arrive by train and board at Lydney Junction you would need to purchase a day rover ticket (please check availability of day rovers before coming, as on busier days, such as Wednesdays during the summer, they may not be available).


On weekdays, there is a bus approximately every hour from Gloucester and Coleford to Norchard Station (GL15 4ET), with a limited service on Sundays. From Chepstow, there is a service Mon. – Fri to Lydney. There are also local buses on weekdays from Cinderford.


The Dean Forest Railway’s headquarters, Norchard, is situated just outside Lydney on the B4234 Forest Road between Lydney and Whitecroft. Postcode GL15 4ET. Follow the brown tourist signs. Free parking for cars and coaches is only available at Norchard. No designated parking elsewhere.

  • Toilets
  • Café - refreshments are available from Whistles Café on Platform 2
  • Free parking for cars and coaches is only available at Norchard. No designated parking elsewhere
  • The Dean Forest Railway also have a shop and museum as well, which are open all day at Norchard Station
  • Stations and steam trains are fully wheelchair accessible
  • Dogs allowed on certain railway experiences only - check information on page

People also ask

  • How long is the Dean Forest Railway?

Dean Forest Railway is 4 1/2 miles long and runs through beautiful woodland and countryside, giving you the chance to experience the pace of a typical country branch line.

  • Are dogs allowed on Dean Forest Railway?

Yes! dogs are allowed to ride on the steam-powered trains on an all-day ticket.

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