Kirklees Light Railway

Opening Hours








9am - 5pm

Journey on their steam locomotives

Climb aboard Yorkshire’s Great Little Steam Trains for a fantastic family day out! 

Travel behind one of their six steam locomotives in beautiful hand-painted carriages for three and-a-half miles from Clayton West Station to Shelley Station.

Glorious views await as you steam through the South Pennine Foothills, passing through Cuckoo’s Nest, the ancient Blacker Woods, Skelmanthorpe and the Shelley Woodhouse Tunnel (the longest tunnel on any 15-inch narrow gauge railway line in Britain!).

The journey one way takes approximately 25 minutes and a return trip can be completed in 65 minutes.

If you’re not in a hurry, take advantage of their standard Day Rover tickets which allow unlimited travel on the day you visit (not applicable to special events).

Play Areas

They have outdoor adventure playgrounds at both Clayton West Station and Shelley Station – perfect for young visitors to let off some steam!

The playground at Clayton West opened in 2018 and is the larger of the two playgrounds at the railway. It is securely fenced off, features a wooden train, swings, climbing frames and slides and is situated near to the picnic area and also close to the car park.

The playground at Shelley is brand new (October 2019) and based around a train theme (what else?!) with a sandpit for the children to enjoy on sunnier days! It is securely fenced off and overlooks the platform so you can watch the trains come and go as you play.

Please note: the playgrounds are for the use of paying customers only and are only open when the railway is open to the public (unless you are on a scheduled group/school visit).

Miniature Railway

Redeveloped for 2019, the Clayton Flyer outside Clayton West Station is their 7.25-inch miniature railway which whizzes around the duck pond.

Enjoy a lap of the two loops for just £1 per person and see if you can spot any of their resident ducks or newts on the way around.


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