Battlefield Line Review: What’s Special?
- An enjoyable journey into history – travel by steam train along a country route in the heart of rural England (Leicestershire).
- Stops at 3 small stations along a single track line. The journey takes about 20 minutes, so ideal for shorter toddler attention spans!
- Railway museums, Victorian tea rooms & souvenir shops are located at the two main stations so plenty to do.
- We really enjoyed it & gave it a ‘thumbs up’ from Sophie’s Nursery!
Links to our themes:
‘The Wheels on the Bus’ (various road transport themed activities) & a train theme coming soon!
We got to the Shackerstone Station about 10.30 a.m. It was easy to find & had FREE parking! Downside: a bit of a walk to the station so pushchair recommended for little ones.
As it was Father’s Day it was quite busy, so we were glad we got there early. There was a short queue for the tickets, but it moved quickly. The station master was so polite & friendly, we didn’t mind at all having to wait a few minutes! Although we were a family of 3, it only cost £11 which was for my ticket, as dad’s were free & there was no charge for children under 3. This was for a return journey.
Sophie was very excited when she saw the steam train! We had lots of “choo choo” noises. She was even more excited when she realised we had to cross over the tracks to reach it across a ‘special’ footpath.
She really enjoyed everything, but…
Sitting on the train!! As soon as the whistle blew & the train started moving she had a huge smile on her face which made it all so worthwhile. She loved looking out of the window & watching the lovely countryside go by. It’s a 5 mile journey from one end of the line to the other and there are lots of things to look at – a canal, small villages, farms & various railway structures.
Toddler attractions!! There are small toddler rides located at the main stations, from Postman Pat’s van to Thomas the Tank Engine. We spent most of our time trying to get her out of them. There were also playhouses at Shackerstone station cafe which she loved running in and out of – great to occupy them whilst you have a drink.
Train Museum!! Not something I thought Sophie would enjoy, but she was fascinated by all the old train memorabilia. There were some really rare and interesting artefacts in there. The only downside was she wanted to pick everything up, but then what toddler doesn’t?
Gift Shop!! Sophie had a great time inside the gift shop, looking at all the toys, books & souvenirs for sale. We did manage to get her out of there without spending all of our money… Also, it was air-conditioned which was a HUGE bonus as it was 30 degrees outside!
Ice-Cream!! We didn’t eat at the Shenton tea rooms as it was rather busy. We did, however, buy some ice-creams which we ate on the train ride back. Sophie managed to make a vanilla puddle on the floor…
We didn’t get off to explore Bosworth Battlefield as, not only have we been before, but because it was just too hot to take a toddler on the long walk that day. However, if doing a day trip, I would highly recommend it.
We didn’t take a pushchair as Sophie is a good walker, however I’m glad Daddy was with us to carry her to the station. It is quite a trek (depending on how close you can park!). Those that did take pushchairs had little issue crossing the rail lines (albeit a bit bumpy), but all the doorways were rather narrow (so no double pushchairs!). You would also need someone to help you lift it onto the train as it is quite high up. Some parents just left theirs at the station & there were no issues.
Location: Shackerstone Station, Shackerstone, Leicestershire. CV13 0BS. Shenton Station CV13 0AA. (Half way stop Market Bosworth Station).
Opening hours: Trains run at weekends and bank holidays between March and November. Additionally Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in July and August & Wednesdays in June, September and October. Check website for timetable.
Admission: Children under 3 free. Adults £11; children (aged 3 – 15) £6; senior (65+) £9. Family & group tickets available – visit website to choose your best options.
Facilities: Food & drinks served at tearooms at both Shackerstone & Shenton stations. There is also an on-board buffet with snacks and hot & cold drinks.
Facilities for disabled & baby changing toilets at Shackerstone & Shenton stations. Not yet available at Market Bosworth.
Car Parking: Free car parking with large car parks at each station.
**This is NOT a sponsored post, all opinions in our Battlefield Line Review are our own!