Rocks By Rail The Living Ironstone Museum, Cottesmore

ROCKS BY RAIL is an outdoor adventure, cast in an ironstone quarry. Covering 19 acres of reclaimed quarry, railway tracks and nature trails, Rocks By Rail is a journey back in time. It’s an unmissable opportunity to experience an awesome industrial landscape. Explore fascinating nature trails. Take a train trip. Drive a classic loco. Tour the workshop and loco yard. View the ironstone exhibition and learn about its importance throughout history. Then sit back with a cuppa in a 1960s style café, or browse the Museum shop. Rocks By Rail is a big value day out. Whether you’re a family seeking informative fun, a rail and digger enthusiast, or a teacher looking for ways to bring lessons to life – you’ll find the living ironstone museum so involving you’ll wonder where the hours went!
For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Cottesmore holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Rocks By Rail The Living Ironstone Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Create an itinerary including Rocks By Rail The Living Ironstone Museum
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Rocks By Rail The Living Ironstone Museum Reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
36 reviews
  • Although I live quite near I had never heard of this fantastic little gem. From the moment my wife, my niece and I got out of the car we were greeted by a very knowledgeable friendly member. My niece....  more »
  • This is real live history in the form of locomotives, wagons, tools and quarrying plant, but also in the form of friendly volunteers, many of them with experience in quarries and railways. I...  more »
  • Really interesting collection of old locos & quarry machinery all linked to ironstone quarrying in Rutland. Small cafe & exhibits mostly undercover so rainy days are no problem. Entrance from main road hard to find due to lack of signage and car park a bit bumpy. Enthusiastic volunteers really embellish the history & add to the interest. Once a month you can have a go at driving one of the diesel engines for just £5. Well worth a visit & great for children too.
  • Boys and I had a lovely time at the open day today. Lots of engines to see. Very friendly bunch and a ride on a steamy too. Brightened up a rainy day. Cheers
  • Build a plan

    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it

    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package

    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!

    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Side trips from Cottesmore

Duration: 2 hours
Duration: 2 hours
Duration: 30 minutes