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Step Back in Time

A living, working museum with a heritage steam railway passing through 5.5 miles of unspoilt countryside.

Step back in time to a bygone age. The Train Story interpretative museum has lots of hands-on exhibits for the group to try before their train ride.

All groups are assigned an experienced tour guide for the duration of the visit.



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Fun Factor 70%
Educational 80%


Average rating from past clients: 4.5 out of 5

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Isle Of Wight Steam Railway is best suited for children 7 years and up as well as adults


Isle Of Wight Steam Railway is great for all ages, but perhaps a little overwhelming for the very youngest visitors

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Isle Of Wight Steam Railway FAQs

Here's some of the most frequently-asked questions about school visits to Isle Of Wight Steam Railway, posed by teachers and other group leaders

Is there somewhere to eat lunch?

There are picnic tables available in various spots around the grounds at Havenstreet, and an amphitheatre in the woodlands adjacent which can also be used. There's a cafe serving hot meals and snacks, and an ice cream shack in the warmer months too.

How does payment work?

We will pre-book your visit for you and your entry charges will be paid directly by Education Destination. All you need to do is show up at the agreed time, line the kids up outside, identify yourselves to staff and you'll be in the hands of your tour guide in no time!

Are there any considerations regarding infection control?

Hand sanitisers throughout and trains are regularly deep cleaned. Your group will be kept together as one bubble during train rides.

Are there any toilets on-site or nearby?

There are toilets at the main station building. There are no toilets on the trains, so ensure everyone is fresh before boarding as it may be an hour before you arrive back.

What about toilets?

There are toilet facilities at Havenstreet - the main station on the line. Because of their age there are no toilets on board the trains, but journeys don't last much longer than around 40 minutes maximum. There are no toilets at either Wootton or Smallbrook stations, but trains depart here regularly for Havenstreet.

How accessible is the railway?

The trains themselves consist of original 19th and early 20th century carriages however there are always helpful staff on hand to assist with boarding and alighting. The station grounds are generally on the level and paved. Within Train Story a wheelchair lift is available. The only area that might present difficulties is the optional woodland walk as this is uneven hardened mud or loose aggregate paths for the most part.

Are there any special requests or processes for group leaders on arrival?

The coach will drop you off in the main car park adjacent to the Steam Railway in Havenstreet. Take with you everything you might need for the duration of your visit, bearing in mind that some of the attraction is outdoors.

Head for the ticket office and assemble the children outside, without blocking the entrance. If you are not met, an adult should announce arrival and you will be asked to wait for your tour guide.

Your tour guide will then meet you and stay with you throughout your visit. Most visits will consist of a short video introduction outlining the history of the railway, a tour of the restoration workshops, a walk around Train Story - an interactive museum, and a ride on the train itself. There will also usually be time for play. The exact running order will depend on the number of other groups on site that day.

Are there any first aid facilities?

Staff are in radio contact

Is there anywhere on-site or nearby selling snacks, drinks or ice cream?

Yes - there is a cafe and an ice-cream kiosk

Is there space to sit and eat a packed lunch picnic?

There is a large field behind the main station building at Havenstreet with picnic benches. There is also a woodland area off the field which has benches and a performance stage.

How much time should we allow for a visit?

To make the most of a trip to the railway, a good half day is needed although there's enough to do here to fill a whole day if taken at a slower pace and best use is made of the play areas and woodland walk adjacent.

Educational Resources for Isle Of Wight Steam Railway

The following Isle Of Wight Steam Railway educational resources are FREE to use when you book your trip with Education Destination. Some include pre or post-visit classroom work, others are on-site activities. All are accompanied by detailed Teacher Notes and some even have sample lesson plans!

Prepared by our expert team of teachers with local Island knowledge, each resource addresses a specific National Curriculum topic. Click on any image for full details.

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