The Best Halloween Train Rides In The UK For 2024

There are lots of fabulous Halloween train rides for you to try this year.

From mildly-spooky Halloween scares to super spooky events (not for the faint-hearted or young children!), there is something for everyone.

If you’re looking for something spooky and fun to do with the kids this Halloween, we recommending heading down to your local heritage train station to check out their Halloween train rides.

Before continuing, you may also like these Santa train experiences.

These are the best UK Halloween train rides this year.

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Lady in Halloween fancy dress jumping over train tracks with fallen autumn leaves.

Halloween Train Rides in the East

Audley End

Halloween Special

Meet a coven of witches on your Halloween train journey into the enchanted woods and watch them dance and chant spells.

This is a great day out from London with kids.

When: 21st to 31st October 2023.
Where: Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex,  CB11 4JB.
Tickets: Adults and children over 92cm – £17.00. Children under 92cm – £8.50. Under 1 – free.

Epping Ongar Railway

Fright Week

More details to follow but if you are based in London, this is the closest Halloween train to London.

When: 25th to 28th October 2023
Where: Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN.
Tickets: TBC.

You might also like to find out where to go pumpkin picking in Essex this year.

Nene Valley Railway

Thomas’s Trick or Treat Party

Alternatively there is a Wizard Express.

When: 25th October 2023 at 10am.
Where: Nene Valley Railway Ltd, Wansford Station, Stibbington, Peterborough, PE8 6LR.
Tickets: Adult – £22.00. Children (3 – 15) – £16.00.

Bure Valley Railway

Halloween trains

Kids go free during half term week (with a paying adult). Lots of Halloween themed activities to enjoy. See here for lots more family days out in Norfolk.

When: 21st to 29th October 2023.
Where: Bure Valley Railway (1991) Ltd, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW.
Tickets: Adult – £19.00.

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Halloween Spooktacular

When: TBC.
Where: Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, Ludborough Station, Station Road, Ludborough, Lincolnshire, DN36 5SQ.
Tickets: TBC.

Halloween Train Rides in the South

Thorpe Park

Ghost Train

Not your traditional Halloween train experience but if you’re visiting Thorpe Park at Halloween, you might want to try out their Ghost Train! Passengers need to be 1.3m and over to ride and it is recommended that children are over 13.

Where: THORPE PARK Resort, Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8PN.
Tickets: Standard park tickets are from £32.00 if bought in advance. See here for more details.

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Halloween Ghost Train

Note that as well as the ghost train, there is also Halloween face painting, pumpkin carving and a spooky trail to enjoy.

When: 23rd to 29th October 2023.
Where: Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, Exbury, Southampton, SO45 1AZ.
Tickets: TBC.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

A Magical week of spooky events for all the family.

Wizard Week

When: 23rd to 27th October 2023.
Where: Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet Station, Isle of Wight Steam, Main Rd, Havenstreet, Ryde, PO33 4DS.
Tickets: Adult – from £19.50. Children (5 – 17) – from £8.25.

Watercress Line

Wizard Week

Travel on the thirilling Wizard Express and take part in lots of family-friendly Halloween activities.

When: 21st to 29th October 2023.
Where: The Watercress Line, The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG.
Tickets: Adult – from £27.00. Children (5 – 16) – from £14.00.

Two little girls with pumpkins at one of the Halloween Train rides in the UK.

Photo Credit: Watercress Line

Halloween Train Rides in the North

East Lancashire Railway

Halloween Ghost Trains

Are you brave enough to join the scream train?? Help the Monster Squad to keep order and vanquish the ghouliees during the 80-minute steam train ride from Bury to Rawtenstall and back.

When: 26th to 28th October 2023.
Where: The East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street Station, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY.
Tickets: Adults – £22.00. Children (3 – 17) – £15.50.

Girl getting scared by a clown on the Halloween train ride at East Lancs Railway.

Photo credit: East Lancs Railway

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

The Wizard Express

Take a terrifying trip on a spooky scare train (suggested age 10+)…or for those who don’t want a slightly less frightening experience, there’s spooky dress up competitions and games!

When: 28th to 30th October 2023.
Where: Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF.
Tickets: From £13.50 per adult or £40.00 for a family of 4.

If you’re in the area and looking for something to do at Christmas, they are also running one of the Polar Express trains in the UK this year.

Whistlestop Valley

Halloween Ghost Train

This one sounds scary. Please note that this Halloween train ride is not recommended for children under 5.

When: 28th & 29th October 2023.
Where: Whistlestop Valley, Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ.
Tickets: £8.95 per person or £35.00 for a family of 4.

Ribble Steam Railway and Museum

Spooky Trains

entry includes unlimited rides on the spooky train and entry to the museum. On the Saturday there will also be Halloween activities for kids and dressing up.

When: 29th & 30th October 2023.
Where: Ribble Steam Railway, Chain Caul Rd, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 2PD.
Tickets: £TBC.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Not so much a Halloween train ride but more of a Halloween light show trian ride!

When: 27th October to 5th November (& 10th – 12th November) 2023.
Where: North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering Station, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AJ.
Tickets: £25.00 per person.

Halloween Train Rides in the West

Avon Valley Railway

It’s a Hoot!

Children in fancy dress go free!

When: 28th & 29th October 2023.
Where: Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol, BS30 6HD.
Tickets: Adult – £11.00. Child (4 – 15) – £7.00 (or free if in fancy dress).

Halloween Trains in the Midlands

Severn Valley Railway

Ghost Trains

When: 28th, 30th and 31st October 2023.
Where: Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster Station, Station Drive, Kidderminster, DY10 1QX.
Tickets: from £91.00 for a table of 4.

Spooky lady holding a lantern up to the window of a train carriage at the scary train ride at Severn Valley Railway.

Photo credit: Severn Valley Railway

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

The Ghost Train through the countryside

When: TBC.
Where: Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth Station, Station Road, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4FB.
Tickets: TBC.

Halloween Train Rides in Wales

Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway

Halloween Ghost Trains

Take this 10 – 15 minute Halloween train ride at your peril! Ghosts and ghouls will scare you along the way

When: 28th to 31st October 2023.
Where: The Railway Station, Furnace Sidings, Garn Yr Erw, Blaenavon, NP4 9SF.
Tickets: TBC – check site for details.

Gwili Railway

Halloween Lights of the Valley Train

When: October half term.
Where: Gwili Railway, Abergwili Junction Station, Abergwili, Carmarthen, SA31 2DG.
Tickets: £15.00 per person. Under 3 – free.

Bala Lake Railway

Halloween Trains

Take a spooky train ride down the train line as far as the train is able go before some disaster strikes and the crew are forced to turn back.

Along the way back the train will stop at the little used and haunted Flag Halt where you will find the witches’ coven before returning to the safety of Llanuwchllyn.

When: 29th and 31st October 2023.
Where: Bala Lake Railway, Station Rd, Llanuwchllyn, Bala, LL23 7DD.
Tickets: £10.00 per adult. £4.00 per child.

Llanberis Lake Railway

Halloween Hunt

When: 26th October to 1st November 2023.
Where: Llanberis Lake Railway, Gilfach Ddu, Padarn Park, Llanberis, Caernarfon, LL55 4TY.
Tickets: £10.00 per adult. £5.00 per child.

The Talyllyn Railway Company

Steam and Scream

Enjoy a ghoulish evening train ride to Dolgoch Woods.

When: 30th & 31st October 2023.
Where: TBC.
Tickets: £10.00 per adult. £5.00 per child.

Halloween Train Rides in Scotland

Keith and Dufftown Railway

Ghost Train

When: 27th & 28th October 2023.
Where: Keith and Dufftown Railway, Dufftown Station, Keith & Dufftown Railway, Dufftown, Keith, AB55 4BA.
Tickets: £12.50 per person.

Bo’Ness & Kinneil Railway

Steam n’ Scream

Take a journey on a historic steam train between Bo’ness & Birkhill. At Birkhill, be prepared to be scared!
Included in the price of your ticket is the chance to complete their Halloween Trail in the Museum of Scottish Railways and a goodie bag for all children (5-15).

When: 27th & 28th October 2023.
Where: Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, Bo’ness Station, Union Street, Bo’ness, West Lothian, EH51 9AQ.
Tickets: £13.00 per adult or £7 per child.

The Jacobite

Not a Halloween train as such but how about hopping on The Jacobite this Halloween?

Halloween Train Rides in Northern Ireland

Downpatrick and County Down Railway

Halloween Scream Trains

When: 28th & 29th October 2023.
Where: Downpatrick & County Down Railway, Market Street, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 6LZ.
Tickets: £TBC.

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