Rural heritage railway in the heart of Norfolk
This heritage railway takes passengers on an eleven mile trip through unspoilt Norfolk countryside, passing well-preserved signal boxes and pretty village stations. Mid-Norfolk Railway runs heritage diesel trains and there are regular visits by guest steam trains.
Dereham station is a fine example of a mid-Victorian station and has been restored to the 1950s period. When trains are running the station itself is also open for visits. Entry is free. In the café various artefacts and local photographs are displayed, and the small (stewarded) Museum Room is normally open. Particularly for younger visitors, a ‘station trail’ and café-based activity sheets are available.
Trains run between Dereham and Wymondham Abbey Stations and you can build a trip to one or both of these historic market towns into your day. The railway also offers driver experience days and Santa specials, plus a choice of day-outs incorporating a train trip and a visit to a museum or other attraction.
Recommended length of visit:
Station only, 20 to 30 minutes (plus time for refreshments). Dereham Station to Wymondham Abbey, 2 hour round trip.
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Other good things to do near by
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse has fifty acres of beautiful countryside, fascinating history and is good fun for all the family. In Wymondham you can explore the Abbey and learn all about the town at Wymondham Heritage Museum. And of course Dereham is well worth a look – Thursday is market day. The George Hotel (near the war memorial) offers good food and beer in its lounge bar.
Travel and parking
The station is just off the A47. Take the exit labelled A1075. Follow signs for the town centre and brown signs for the Mid Norfolk Railway, turning right into Station Road after about 200m. Public transport: First Bus number X1 runs between Peterborough, Kings Lynn, Dereham and Norwich.
Konectbus run services from Fakenham, Norwich & Swaffham. The bus stop in Dereham market place is a short walk from Dereham station.
Easter to end of October, plus Christmas specials – check website for details.
Dereham Station and Museum free
For train prices please visit the Mid Norfolk Railway website
Facilities and access
Other access information: Some train services do not offer wheelchair accommodation. Call to check availability.