Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Rail Story, Ingrow West Station, South Street Keighley, , BD21 5AX

Contact: 01535 690 739



Rail Story Education Centre is set on a 1940s heritage railway. The workshops are delivered between two fantastic accredited museums that house collections of steam locomotives and vintage carriages. We also have our Learning Coach situated on the platform which has been purposely developed to inspire creativity and learning. The coach has been renovated into a modern classroom but still keeping the feel of the classic coach. We have created a unique and inspirational venue for children of all ages to learn curriculum based topics including STEM, History and English.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Rail Story is a great place to have an educational visit. You have the opportunity to learn in a very unique setting and explore an important part of our history. You will have the opportunity to step back in time exploring our vintage carriages and steam locomotives and learn in our restored learning coach. You will also have the opportunity to take a ride on our diesel or steam train along the line.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?
All of our educational visits are tailored to your specific needs. We have workshops focusing on curriculum based topics such as STEM, History, English and Art for KS1 and KS2. All of our workshops normally run from 10:00 until 14:00 with the children eating their lunch on one of our heritage carriages in the Carriage Works museum.

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What size groups do they cater for?
We cater for groups of 30 but can be flexible to your needs.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?
We have teacher's packs for all of our core workshops that we be provided to teachers when booking giving them all of the information they need to know before their visit. We also have packs with subject information and tasks for teachers to use in the classroom before and after visits. All of our workshops and teachers packs are linked to the national curriculum and key stages.

Can you take photos, video or audio? 
Children and teachers are allowed to take photos, video and audio recordings in all of our museums and across the railway.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?
We provide risk assessment guidelines for all of our workshops and these will be sent to schools in the teachers pack when the trip is booked. We would always encourage teachers to visit the museums before the trip to do their own risk assessment. The site is open every day of the week from 11:00 until 16:00 for teachers to visit. You will need to inform the site of when you will be visiting.

What are the contact details for the education officer?
We have an educational team which is led by Deborah Cross.  07825 632 123

What does it cost?
Our workshop costs are dependent on the workshop you would like to take part in and whether you would like a train ride or not. For most of our workshops the cost would be £120 for a class of 30 with free site and entry to teachers and adult helpers. Please enquire for our current train ride prices.

Is specific clothing required?
In winter it is very cold in our museums due to them being very old buildings and not having a heating system therefore all children must come dressed appropriately for the weather. We also recommend sensible footwear as the yard is cobbled and both our museums are working museums which means we sometimes have large machinery moving around.

Do you have first aid on site?
We do have first aid on site but would advise that all schools bring a qualifies first aider with them.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Dining areas for packed lunches

We suggest £3 pocket money to spend in the shop.

Are there disabled facilities?
The site is fully accessible with lifts in both museums. The yard is cobbled but we have a stone flagged path along the whole site for people in wheelchairs to use. Due to the fact that our carriages are old it might not be possible to fit a wheelchair into each one but you can look inside each carriage from the walkway.

What are your opening days and hours?
The site is open everyday of the week from 11:00 until 16:00 for the general public. We open the site from 10:00 for prearranged school visits.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years

Type of Visit: Heritage Railways Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Design and Technology English Engineering History Mathematics Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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