Open every day from 10:00 until 16:30 apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Please note opening times may vary slightly during museum events. Also, certain areas of the museum may be closed during some special events (such as the beer festivals) Please refer to our Events List Page for more details, or call us on 01206 242524 to check.
Children (4-15yrs): £4.00
Child general admission is charged for children aged 4-15 on museum days. Under 4s general admission is free.
Note, certain events, such as Day Out With Thomas and the Beer Festivals may be priced differently. Please refer to our Events List page for more details.
Museum day ticket prices include a voluntary donation that goes toward the care and conservation of this historic site. If you are a UK taxpayer we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 of the entire admission payment as Gift Aid.
If you arrive by the Greater Anglia train service, present your valid rail ticket at Visitor Reception to receive a 10% discount on your admission. (Sorry, this discount is not available at our Days Out With Thomas or Beer Festivals.)
The museum is based at the Chappel & Wakes Colne Railway Station, a working station through which trains pass every half an hour. Many visitors choose to enjoy the short train ride to Sudbury or Marks Tey as part of their visit (tickets are purchased on the train itself, as this is separate to the Museum).
The line runs across the famous Chappel viaduct, which has 32 arches and is 23m high. It is the longest bridge in East Anglia and is the second-largest brick-built structure in England (after Battersea Power Station in London).
Disabled access is available to all Museum buildings; you will however need a vehicle to gain full access to both sides of the museum – a step footbridge joins both halves across a working railway line.
The Goods Shed, Heritage Centre and Restoration Shed are wheelchair accessible and disabled toilets are available at reception. Additional accessible toilets are situated adjacent to the Restoration Shed and are open on event days or by arrangement.
Parking is situated on the approach drive to the Museum. During events, our front fields provide additional parking spaces.
Accessible parking is located in the Museum yard which is in a different location to general parking – please ask at reception when you arrive and they will direct you.
Our museum shop stocks numerous railway related books, vintage giftware and other merchandise including our Thomas the Tank EngineTM collection of books and toys.