Steam train rides, Peak District, Derbyshire

Meet the Dinosaurs

Around 66 million years ago, Dinosaurs roamed this earth. Now, for one bank holiday weekend – they’re back! With the help of their rangers, you can get up close and interact with a selection of life-like dinosaurs from large to small, both at Rowsley South Station and on the Train.

A variety of larger dinosaurs will be appearing in a interactive show, before you take a steam hauled trip to the past, and watch out as some of the smaller dinosaurs visit you at your seat. There will also be photo opportunities throughout your time with us, as well as a meet and greet with one of the larger dinosaurs.

Could there have been dinosaurs roam this countryside long long ago?

Shows begin at: 10:00, 11:30, 13:00 & 14:30, followed by a heritage steam hauled train journey at 10:30, 12:00, 13:30 & 15:00.

Please aim to arrive around 30 minutes before your show time to allow you time to check in and purchase any drinks or snacks. There will be a short amount of time between the show finishing and the train departing, to go to the toilet if required. Upon arrival at Rowsley South after your journey, you are free to visit our Gift Shop & Tearooms and take advantage of the photo opportunities.

In total we expect your time with us to be around 2 hours, however this is only an estimate, so please ensure you allow plenty of time for your visit.

Peak Rail reserve the right to vary any of the provisions of this event, such as, but not limited to, replacing a Steam locomotive with a Diesel locomotive if necessary or altering the journey length.


Special ticketing is in place for this event which gives you a return ride on the steam train starting at Rowsley South Station, lasting around 50 minutes, at the time chosen upon booking and full access to the Interactive Show & Photo Opportunities.

  • Family Ticket – £48.00 (Covers 2 Adults/Seniors + 2 Children)
  • Adult Day Ticket – £20.00 (Ages 17-65)
  • Senior Day Ticket – £18.00 (Ages 66+)
  • Child Day Ticket – £7.50 (Ages 0-16)

All tickets are pre-bookable by following the link at the top of the page. We may have tickets available on the day, however these are subject to visitor numbers.

Visitors who are booked for Driver Experience need not purchase additional tickets for Meet the Dinosaurs.
Tickets are available online in advance up until midnight the day before your chosen date to visit. Small booking fee payable online. Any remaining tickets are available to purchase at Rowsley South Ticket Office on the day, subject to remaining capacity for each departure time.

Rowsley South Tea Rooms

Rowsley South Tearooms will be open for homemade hot and cold food, drinks, snacks and cakes.