Days Out


Below is a list of family friendly places, days out and things to do with kids in Cheshire and specifically in Macclesfield, Alderley Edge, Prestbury, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Poynton, Congleton, Sandbach and surrounding areas which feature a railway/miniature railway.

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NB – given the situation with coronavirus some places listed here may not be open or may be operating with restrictions.  Please check direct with the place before you travel.

Brookside Garden Centre

Garden Centre with miniature railway.

London Road North, Poynton SK12 1BY

T: 01625 872919

Handforth Miniature Railway

A Miniature Railway Behind the Paddock in Handforth in Meriton Road Park.

A lovely day out for the kids in Cheshire.

Open Sundays 11Am ’till 4Pm or later on sunny days. HMR no longer charge for rides, they ask for donations. The amount is at the discretion of the rider.

They also run trains on Wednesdays between 11am and 2pm on request. If the doors of the pavilion are open please ask and they will run a train especially for you.

Meriton Road Park, Meriton Rd, Handforth, Wilmslow SK9 3HB



High Legh Miniature Railway

Runs in the grounds of High Legh Garden Centre.

Play and picnic areas.

Halliwells Brow, High Legh , Knutsford, England WA16 0QW

T: 01925 756991

Rudyard Lake, Leek

Beautiful lake offering watersports and lovely walks.

Paid car parking available but limited; mini steam railway; cafe; toilets and changing facilities; some walks not great for buggies so double check before you start.

“Great for family days out”

“Fantastic Steam train for the kids and great dog walks”

Rudyard, Staffordshire




The Pavilion Gardens (a little further afield in Buxton)

Two play areas, one specifically for toddlers; very child friendly cafe with small soft play section; miniature railway; stream for paddling; ample parking (need to pay for); baby changing facilities

“Low cost and enjoyable day out”

“Fab and loads to do”

St John’s Rd, Buxton SK17 6BE

01298 23114