Avon Valley Railway
With three railway carriages and one station building licensed for wedding ceremonies, this heritage steam railway based at Bitten Station is a great choice for your vintage railway wedding. There are also plenty of options for your reception, including an on-board wedding breakfast.
Bath Rd Bristol, South Gloucestershire BS30 6HD
0117 932 5538
Babbacombe Cliff Railway
This funicular railway, built in 1926, links Babbacombe Downs with Oddicombe Beach in Torquay. You can hold your ceremony on the railway itself then have your reception on the beach below – perfect for an alternative, quirky wedding!
Babbacombe Downs Road, Babbacombe, Torquay, TQ1 3LF
The Bluebell Railway has loads of options for your big day. For the ultimate in railway glamour go for an intimate ceremony at restored Victorian station Horsted Keynes followed by drinks and canapes on the platform, before climbing aboard the luxury 1920s Golden Arrow Pullman steam train for your wedding breakfast.
Sheffield Park Station, Sheffield Park, Uckfield, Sussex TN22 3QL
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Relive the golden age of travel at this working steam museum. Arrive in style by steam train for your ceremony at the restored Oxford Rewley Road Station, dating back to 1851, before holding your reception in its magnificent glass-ceilinged hall.
Quainton Road Station, Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury HP22 4BY
Arguably the most romantic railway wedding venue on this list, Carnforth was the setting for train-based tear-jerker Brief Encounter. You can’t hold your actual ceremony there, but you can have your reception in the Refreshment Room, which has been faithfully restored to resemble the set used in the film, or the larger Heritage Centre.
Warton Road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9TR
This converted Victorian station goods shed in Plumtree is an elegant way to incorporate the train theme into your wedding day. Set in its own grounds with wonderful rural views, and with subtle nods to its railway heritage, it’s a stunning venue to hold your civil ceremony and stylish wedding breakfast in.
Old Station Road, Plumtree, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG12 5NA
Churnet Valley Railway
There are three very pretty stations along this 10.5-mile picturesque heritage railway line – Consall, Kingsley & Froghall, and Cheddleton – and you can hold your wedding at any one of them. Combine your ceremony with a reception in a vintage station tea-room or on board a luxury dining train – a great option for that true times-gone-by atmosphere.
Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Staffordshire, ST10 2HA
Dartmouth Steam Railway
This glamorous wedding package really has it all. A steam-pulled luxury Pullman observation carriage, the Devon Belle, will transport you and your guests to your ceremony at one of two venues – the Paignton Steam Railway Booking Hall or the Churston Station Booking Hall. Then it’s all aboard the Dart Explorer, a river boat which will take you on a 15-mile wedding cruise while you drink and dance the night away!
Queens Park Station, Torbay Rd, Paignton, TQ4 6AF
Didcot Railway Centre
This converted Great Western Railway engine shed is now a railway museum, and a great venue for a train-themed wedding. It doesn’t hold a wedding licence but you can have your reception there, either in one of the luxury 1930s super saloon carriages or in its larger refreshment room.
Didcot Parkway Station, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ
East Lancashire Railway
A beautifully restored former 1920s restaurant car, luxury Pullman style dining carriages, a private steam train or Bury Transport Museum are among your wedding reception choices here at this 12-mile-long heritage railway. A great location for a vintage train-themed wedding.
Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, BL9 0EY
0161 764 7790
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway
With its 200-acre gardens, private steam railway, and three separate buildings licensed for wedding ceremonies, the Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway in the New Forest is a real show-stopper of a venue – elegant, unique and wildly romantic. NB: Exbury Gardens is fully booked for 2013 and 2014. Visit the website in November 2013 for information about bookings for 2015.
The Estate Office, Exbury, Southampton, Hampshire, SO45 1AZ
023 8089 1203
Great Central Railway
Britain’s only mainline steam railway, the Great Central Railway offers two options for your wedding reception – a beautifully restored Pullman dining train with on-board silver service for your wedding breakfast or Lovatt House, a Victorian-style former Goods Office.
Loughborough Central Station, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW
Set in two acres of stunning Hampshire countryside, this Grade II listed Victorian station is no longer part of a working railway, but the station buildings have been painstakingly restored to evoke a sense of times gone by. Start with drinks on the platform before heading to the chandelier-lit marquee for your reception.
Horsebridge, Kings Somborne, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6PU
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Champagne on the platform, a ride on a specially decorated steam train along five miles of track on the heritage railway with on-board nibbles, then your reception in the function room or one of the marquees set in three acres of tree-lined grounds. How perfect does that sound?!
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight, PO33 4DS
Midland Railway – Butterley
Offering the full wedding package, from ceremony to wedding breakfast on the train to evening reception, the Midland Railway has it all covered. Choose from the Booking Hall at Butterley Station, the Museum at Swanwick Junction Complex or the Demonstration Signal Box, all of which are perfect for your train-themed wedding.
Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3QZ
National Railway Museum
Not just for train enthusiasts – although they’ll be in heaven here – the National Railway Museum is also for anyone looking for a unique venue for their ceremony or reception. Whether you want an intimate wedding or something on a grander scale, NRM has an option to suit, from the Great Hall with its iconic locomotives, on board a restored Pullman carriage or on the platform of Station Hall.
Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
0844 815 3139
Nene Valley Railway
This heritage steam railway is licensed for civil ceremonies and has several stylish and atmospheric venues for you to choose from including an 1872 period waiting room, Wansford Signal Box and beautiful vintage railway carriages. You can then have your reception on the move, along the seven-and-a-half mile track that runs alongside the River Nene.
Wansford Station, Stibbington, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6LR
North Norfolk Railway
This heritage line, also known as ‘the Poppy Line’, goes through some of the most beautiful coastal countryside in Norfolk. It has only four stations and one of these – Weybourne – has a wedding licence. Ceremonies take place in the 18th-century building’s booking office, after which you and your guests can hop on board a special train to travel the 10.5-mile circular journey.
Weybourne Station, Weybourne, North Norfolk, NR25 7HN
Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Every wedding at this Kent ‘Mainline in Miniature’ is totally bespoke, so you can create your perfect day – whether you’re looking for laid-back or formal. Pick and mix from its wide range of services, from a journey on a steam-pulled heritage train to a ceremony in the station conservatory, followed by fish and chips or a picnic on the beach, or a silver service reception.
New Romney Station, New Romney, Kent, TN28 8PL