Hollycombe Steam in the Country is the most varied collection of steam engines and fairground rides in Britain, including a fully working Edwardian-era steam fairground, narrow gauge and miniature steam railways, as well as steam road engines, road rollers, and farm and other engines.
The museum is run by volunteers who keep most of it in working order to entertain and educate you, as it would have done more than a century ago. Ride the world’s oldest white-knuckle ride, the ‘Razzle Dazzle’ or ‘Mr Field’s Steam Circus’, the world’s first mechanically operated fairground attraction. Take in the view of the South Downs from Hollycombe’s famous Big Wheel, or enjoy the views of the South Downs and Sussex Weald from the comfort of the Quarry Railway.
There are beautiful woodland gardens to explore too, with walks to features such as the Romantic View. Youngsters are not forgotten with juvenile rides including the Austin Cars, the world’s oldest Haunted House, and everyone’s favourite, The Hall of Mirrors. With picnic sites, a great-value cafeteria and a Gift Shop with a wide range of steam memorabilia (including a great selection of Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise) – Hollycombe is a real ‘3-generation’ visit!
Daily openings 30th May to 3rd June and 31st July to 27 August (closed Mondays in August except 27th).
Open times: Gates open 1100. Rides from 1230 to 1700.
Last admission 1600.
Family saver tickets available. Tickets purchased entitle unlimited return visits to Hollycombe for x 1 year.