Visitor Info

Accessibility Statement
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Accessibility Statement

Our Accessibility statement is available to download in both PDF and Word format for you to view on any device. Please click the relevant version you wish to view.

For pictures of the accessibility facilities at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and other Lake District Estates attractions click here.


Entry to the Ravenglass Railway Museum is FREE, though we rely on visitor donations to remain open and develop.


Hot and cold drinks, meals and snacks are available from the café on Platform 1 of Ravenglass R&ER station when the railway is operating.

Car Park

Approx. 80 spaces in tarmac car park. Disabled spaces available outside museum. Charges £1.00 first hour or £3.50 all day.


Our collections hold around 6,000 artefacts of every size and shape from locomotives to beermats, plus a photographic archive of over 10,000 images.

For more information about our Collections and to view our objects and photographic collections, please visit our Collections Page

We welcome research enquiries by appointment


Guide Dogs only are permitted within the Museum. There is a ‘Dog Station’ outside with Dog parking and water, and dogs are welcome on R&ER trains and outdoor spaces.


Ravenglass Railway Museum is a registered charity, no.505295. We rely on the support and generosity of the public to enable the Museum to remain open and developing.


Archive Talk – “Ratty Locomotive Practice and Performance”

Thursday 8th April at 19:00

Join Museum Curator, Peter van Zeller as he explores locomotive practice and performance on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. Peter has been the regular driver of “River Esk” for over 40 years and will draw on his experience to guide us through locomotive practices from the early 3 foot days right up to the present with the introduction of “Whillan Beck”.
The talk will take place on Zoom. If you would like to register please email before 16:00 on Wednesday 7th April. Login details will be emailed out to those who have registered.

Watch this space for more Archive Talks coming soon. In the meantime, you can view our past talks below………..


Archive Talk – “Murthwaite”
Thursday 4th March at 19:00

Click here to view our online archive talk exploring our collection of photographs in relation to “Murthwaite”.

Join our Archive Team as we explore Ravenglass Railway Museum’s collection of photographs relating to the history of Murthwaite.
The talk will take place on Zoom.
Please email to register by 4pm on Wednesday 3rd March 2021. Login details will be emailed out to those who have registered.
Archive Talk “Ratty – Romney Exchanges”
Thursday 4th February 2021 at 19:00
The Archive Talks are back and with a Guest Speaker!
Andy Nash will talk us through the exchanges that have taken place between the Ravenglass & Eskdale and Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railways, it’s not just about locomotives!
Andy is a fountain of knowledge about all things Romney!
He leads History Tours of the railway and writes a regular feature “Ask Andy” in the Marshlander Magazine which looks at all manner of fascinating facts from Romney history.
The talk will take place on Zoom. Please email to register.

To view and book upcoming events at Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway, please click the following button to be directed to their website’s event page.


To view information about our permanent and temporary exhibitions, please visit our Exhibitions Page


Kids in Museums Logo

We welcome families, though children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

As members of Kids in Museums we have a firm commitment to creating a safe, welcoming museum for family learning and play. You can read the Kids in Museums manifesto HERE



Food & Drink

Food and drink is not allowed in the museum owing to the need to protect our historic objects


Are available from the R&ER gift shop

Group Bookings

We welcome group bookings and can provide tours of the museum and behind the scenes on the railway.

Our group offers can be tailored to suit your particular requirements.

We also offer a programme of talks about aspects of the railway’s history.

To discuss a potential booking please get in touch

Group Bookings at Ravenglass Railway Museum
Group Bookings at Ravenglass Railway Museum
Hire the Museum

The Museum space is available for private bookings – please contact us for details


If you are interested in the museum and the local area, here are some relevant links. The museum is not responsible for the content of these websites.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society

Millom Discovery Centre

West Cumberland Railway Museum

Cumbrian Railways Association

Heywood Society


Visit our Location Page to view map and details on how to get here.

Opening Times

The museum will reopen to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021.

Please check our website and social media for further details.


Still photography is welcome for personal and not commercial use unless by prior arrangement


There are toilets including wheelchair-accessible and baby-change facilities on Platform 1 of Ravenglass R&ER station c150m from the museum.

What can I touch?

Several of our locomotives and carriages can be touched or climbed on, but can be sharp or dirty and visitors do so entirely at their own risk

Wheel Chairs

The museum displays are fully wheelchair accessible. Part of the museum is accessed via an internal ramp.