North West

The North West is rich in heritage attractions including railways, mining heritage sites and transport museums. Here are such delights as the Anderton Boat Lift, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, the new Lakeland Motor Museum and even the Windermere and Ullswater lake steamers.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions across the North West including Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumberland, Merseyside and Westmorland.

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Royden Park Miniature Railways

The Sidings, Royden Park, Frankby, Merseyside, CH48 1NP.
Tel: 0151 648 2967.

  • Car Park
  • Part disabled access

7.25in. ground level track. Also 3.5 & 5in. raised track. Steam and diesel.

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Unlimited train rides are included on your visit

Ribble Steam Railway

Chain Caul Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 2PD.
Tel: 01772 728 800.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

One of the largest collections of Industrial locomotives and rolling stock in the country housed in purpose built workshop and museum, complete with a…

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Springtime at Ravenglass

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass Station, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1SW.
Tel: 01229 717 171.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The longest and oldest narrow gauge railway in the Lake District National Park, known affectionately locally as 'La’al Ratty' meaning “little”. There…

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Rainhill Trials Exhibition

View Road, Rainhill, Lancashire, L35 0LE.
Tel: 01744 677 822.

  • Car Park
  • Part disabled access

The exhibition is housed in a former British Rail Mk.1 carriage specially converted for the purpose. It is in the grounds of Rainhill Library and connected…

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Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine (Wigan Pier)

Wigan Pier Quarter, Heritage Way, off Pottery Road, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN3 4EF.
Tel: 01942 828 128.

  • Car Park
  • Full disabled access

This huge 2,500hp four cylinder triple expansion horizontal steam engine is housed in its original engine house of 1907.

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Quarry Bank Mill

Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA.
Tel: 01625 527 468.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Georgian cotton mill with displays of working machinery set in Styal Country Park. Visitors can see water and steam power working together, an 1830s beam…

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Portland Basin Museum

Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL7 0QA.
Tel: 0161 343 2878.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Located at the junction of three canals. Housed in the restored 19th century Ashton Canal Warehouse. 1920s street; industrial heritage; discover what life…

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Park Bridge Ironworks

The Stables, Park Bridge, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6 8AQ.
Tel: 0161 330 9613.

  • Car Park

For nearly 200 years, this was a thriving family business. Hundreds of people were employed here and its iron and steel were exported around the world.…

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Paradise Mill

Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ.
Tel: 01625 613 210.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Take a guided tour of Paradise Mill and step back in time to an early 20th century silk mill. See 26 restored Jacquard looms, hear about the silk industry…

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Old Hall Farm

Bouth, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8JA.
Tel: 01229 861 993.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The farm is worked using 19th century methods to grow its crops and harvest the land. Horse power alongside steam and early vintage tractors and their…

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North West Museum of Transport

The Old Bus Depot, Hall Street, St Helens, Lancashire, WA10 1DU.
Tel: 01744 451 681.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Original tram depot is a collection of over 60 vehicles – buses, trams, coaches and cars. Small exhibits and model railway. Free vintage bus rides on…

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Nether Alderley Mill

Congleton Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4TW.
Tel: 01625 527 468.

Working medieval watermill with tandem overshot wooden waterwheels and Victorian machinery restored to full working order. A fascinating insight into how…

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