We visited this place totally by accident and loved it. The nature trail was so unexpected and really impressive. We were so surprised by the size of the anthill and ants that actually lived by the ant sculptures
The rest of the village also really impressed us, the reconstruction of the houses was very good, the streets most realistic. And of course the tramways were in beautiful condition and it was a real treat to go for a ride.
A great day out, with or without children. For a similar experience you could also go and visit the black country museum in Dudley.
I took my small son to Crich Tramway Village for their special Thomas the Tank Engine day. Wow! What a great day out. From the moment we arrived by a very good bus service from Matlock, there was plenty to see and do.
The Thomas scenarios - short stories with activities - were spread out through the day so we could explore the rest of the museum in between. They involved the kids in the scenarios, for example helping to fill Thomas' boiler with water from little buckets. If I have one criticism though it was the commercialism surrounding Thomas. A stall selling toys and souvenirs took pride of place by the engine and of course was impossible to avoid.
There is a good, safe indoor play area which saved us from a brief shower of rain and gave me a sit down.
A woodland walk with fantastic wood sculptures including a giant ant - great for photos - which can walk the legs off any lively toddler. There is an adventure playground for older children too.
The entrance fee includes unlimited tram rides all day and with tram stops along the way walking is optional. The staff are friendly and helpful adding to the experience.
The indoor museum is very big and has been tastefully arranged to show off vintage trams from all over the uk aswell as period architecture.
Outside there are plenty of wonders from a bygone age, a 'tardis' police telephone box, post box and an a b button phone which is in working order.
Everywhere we went there was something to do and see. A full day which made me very reluctant to leave!
I chose Crich for a day out because Thomas the Tank Engine was there, not expecting to have so much fun myself. I can recommend it highly for kids and grown ups of all ages. I think my mum would like it, she's in her 80's and remember riding on trams to work in her youth so next time i will take her too especially as they have excellent facilities for less able individuals.
A good day out for all the family.Go back in time and ride on the tram's from yesteryear.Learn about the history of this mode of transport, that is coming back into our city's today.Santa special's are run in December, a sure winner.
crich tramway village is a great place and i love it everytime i got there because they have a nice little area to have ice-creams and food plus they have a facinating museum telling you all about trams and how they developed also all the things there are nice and vintage but interesting they also have a nice little woodland path with huge ants around it! and on most days you can buy a tram ticket and go on a proper old fasioned tram i find it a great day out for all the family!
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