Today, we rode the rails at Bridge View Light Railway in Coventry.

We went to one of the miniature railway’s open days at Russells Garden Centre in Coventry.

If you’ve not been, it’s a volunteer run, community miniature railway along the riverbank of the Sowe in Baginton.

You’ll find a little ticket office, and once you’ve paid your fare, will get a paper ticket that has to be clipped. My 2 year old really enjoyed that part.

Train ticket

You will find a sweet set up, with trains running for short passenger journeys around the little track. The volunteers were trying to make it as Covid secure as possible, with lots of cleaning and PPE worn.

Ok, so the journeys are quite a short out and back. Therefore, don’t expect too much for your fiver. It is however, all for charity and they are raising money to extend the track. So if you can support them, it’ll hopefully be a longer route one day.

We personally found they were plenty long enough for our little ones, and with the waiting for our train, they got to see them a fair few times.

While we were waiting, we did the I-spy trail sheet, which gave a little prize at the end too.

ispy nature trail

There is also a little gift shop and refreshments stall, so bring a bit of change.

If you have train enthusiasts in the house, and find yourself nearby or visiting the garden centre, this is a great idea for a cheap activity for the kids.

Tickets are £1.50 per person, or £5 for a family of 4. Trail sheets are an additional £1.50.

Please note that the railway is not finished yet; the track is shorter than it should be and the charity is raising money to make it longer.  Trains run weather permitting and dependent upon train availability – if travelling from afar please telephone in advance (02476 991441) to avoid disappointment.

You might also like to find out about Ryton Pools Miniature Railway or Echills Wood Railway

At a glance

  • Light railway for trips around a little track
  • Tickets are £1.50 per person, or £5 for a family of 4
  • Trail sheets are an additional £1.50 per sheet
  • Toilets and cafe available at Russells Garden Centre
  • Mill Hill, Baginton, Coventry, CV8 3AG.