Dragon Miniature Railway

Marple Garden Centre, Marple, UK

Opening Times & Fares

Running Times

The Dragon Miniature Railway operates trains every weekend and Bank Holiday throughout the year.
We are also open daily during local school holidays

Open every 
Saturday and Sunday 
Throughout the year

Opening Times
11am - 4:30pm
Last Train 4:20pm
Good afternoon Mums, Dads Grandparents and not forgetting all your little ones who come to visit our Miniature Railway. 

Thank you to all who rode the trains for our Halloween event, and to all the kind comments to how well it was organised, this makes all our efforts worthwhile. 

Ok everyone who kindly supports our little railway in the grounds of Dobbies, Marple garden centre,
All proceeds go to a local charity over the cost of running the railway. 
Many of you have asked for detailed of our Christmas event to visit Santa,  in his grotto by train.

PLEASE DO NOT contact Dobbies garden centre about the Santa trains, we are totally independent, 
Use our Messenger service for direct questions, Thank You 

Santa’s supplied by the Romiley and Marple Lions. 

We will commence as of Saturday 19th November including the following dates

Sat 19th/Sun 20th Nov  11 - 16.20
Sat 26th/Sun 27th Nov 11 - 16.20
Sat 3rd/Sun 4th Dec.      11 - 16.20
Sat 10th/Sun 11thDec.   11 - 16.20
Sat 17th/Sun 18th Dec.   11 - 16.20
Monday 19th, Tue. 20th
Wed 21st, Thu, 22nd, Fri, 23rd Dec, 
11 - 16.20
Xmas Eve Sat, 24th Dec  11 - 15.00

No pre booking, just turn up at the top end of the garden centre car park.

Cost, (cash only)
For the little ones to see and chat to Santa by train inc present  £7.00
Accompanying adults  £2.00

Standard trains will be running via the lights but bypassing Santa’s grotto. £1.50

Queuing will be on the car park, hopefully they won’t be too long, sorry but we need to keep the station platform clear, 

The shop will be open in the station building for tickets for Non Santa rides and toys. 

Schools who wish to prebook Santa rides for your students during our non scheduled dates please contact for details, times dates etc.

Please remember we are cash only and have no card facilities, the garden centre has no cash at all. 

It maybe worth bringing a warm drink with you as we do not know if the garden centre restaurant will be busy 

MERRY “Upcoming”CHRISTMAS to all our loyal supporters, hope to see many of you there.

If a steam train is in service we normally run these services from 12noon to 4pm (Subject to staff/loco availability)

weather permitting
Though we try to stay open through periods of light rain, we may close early if the weather is extreme

The play area is open on every operating day between March and September subject to weather and ground conditions; all trains stop at Riverside Halt if you wish to use the play area just alight at the station and catch a later train back on the same ticket.
Outdoor Play Area

NOW  Closed UNTIL March 2023

Please Contact Us if you have any queries about when, or what, we may be running.



£1.50 Per Person 
Under 2's Travel free

 Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult

Ten-ride tickets are available for £12.00 saving £3.00 on normal fares.

These tickets can be used on all operating days and have no expiry date, and are valid for ten rides on the DMR from the date issued.

Buy tickets in the shop..