Crich Tramway Village

Friday, 31 May 2013
On the bank holiday weekend we went on a day trip to Crich Tramway Village with Ashley's parents. Now I will openly admit I am not one bit interested in trams, however this was a fantastic day out. On the weekend in which we went there was a 'beside the seaside' event on. This, for me, did make the day a little more enjoyable but everything else was just as fun. The part I find fantastic about Crich Tramway Village is the entrance fee, £13 for adults, is valid for a whole year. This fee goes towards the running of the village, so is well spent.

So what is Crich Tramway Village, well its the home of the National Tramway Museum. It has both indoor and outdoor activities with the main attraction being a ride on the trams. Upon your entrance you are given an old penny, which when on a tram you give this to the conductor in exchange for a ticket. This then entitles you to ride on the trams all day at your own pleasure. There are a variety of different trams running each day, so you may ride a different on each time. As well as riding on the trams you are able to look within the workshops at the trams which are currently being repaired for use, and others which are repaired but just not in use that day. For anyone who is interested in the history of the tramway, there is a discovery and learning centre. I feel anyone would find it interesting as I did with no interest in trams or history.
One thing I was very eager about was the ice cream shop and old sweet shop - of course I have a sweet tooth. As well as these there is also an old public house, tea shop and printing room. All of these are located within the lower area of the village. There is also a gift shop and children's play area in the lower village. As you go through the entrance you enter what I describe as the centre village. This is where there is a lovely grassed seating area and a bandstand. On our visit, Crich brass band were playing within the bandstand. If you then walk up the village a little more you have what I describe as the upper village. The trams do travel a little further up than this to a turning point - on this journey the views are amazing! At the upper village there is a mining display, Crich Tramway Village is built on some old mining land I am led to believe, so that brings the connection. There is also a refreshment stop, gift shop and a woodland and sculpture walk. The woodland walk leads you back down to the 'lower village,' along the walk you are able to view the amazing views along Derwent Valley and the countryside of Derbyshire. Along the woodland walk there are a variety of sculptures created by local artists. Each sculpture is made from wood and each have amazing, realistic features. Along the walk there are lots of great things to see and do, even a large play area for children. Dogs are welcome at Crich Tramway Village too for no extra fee so this is great for dog owners.
The foodies reading this may be wondering what it is like, well I don't know. We expected the food to be expensive and with a lot of us going we decided to take a picnic. However when looking around we discovered it was actually reasonably priced.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed out day out at Crich Tramway Village and will definitely be returning again - free entry for a year! I would definitely recommend it to others, especially people interested in history or the tramway.


  1. I think Crich is brilliant, I've been quite a few times over the last 15 years and the children love it too :)

    1. We had never been before, and it was such a fantastic day. Weather was amazing too!



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