Facilities

Facilities and access information for each site is listed below.

For more information, or if you have particular access needs, please contact us before you visit. Please note that some facilities may require booking in advance.

If you intend to board a train then guidance for the less able passenger can be found on the Great Central Railway Website. If you have specific requirements it is advised that you call the Great Central Railway on 01509 632323.

Summary of General Facilities
Facility Heritage Centre, Granite’s and Quarry Buildings. Nunckley & Spinney Trails Mountsorrel Station
Free Entry All our attractions are free to enter. Our nature trails are free to enter. Parking free. There is a charge to ride the trains.
Open Days

Open every day throughout the year.

Open days for the Waffle Shack vary.

Check opening between Christmas and New Year.

Open every day throughout the year. Enter via the Heritage Centre.

Check opening between Christmas and New Year.

Station is only open when trains are running.
Open Time

Site open 10am to 5pm.

Museums: Last entry 4:30pm.

Granite’s: Last Orders 4:30pm

Waffle Shack: Open 11:30am to 4pm

Open 10am to dusk.

Last entry to nature trails 4:30pm.

Station is only open when trains are running.
Parking Yes: Parking for 39 cars with 3 disabled bays. Parking for customers and visitors only please. A cycles rack is also available. No: Parking at the Heritage Centre Yes: Parking for 11 cars with 2 disabled bays (only open when trains are running).
Catering Yes at Granite’s Coffee Shop No. Nearest Catering is at Granite’s Coffee Shop or the Waffle Shack. No. Nearest Catering is at Granite’s Coffee Shop or the Waffle Shack.
Snacks

Yes. Granite’s Coffee Shop

Waffle Shack: open on “high days”.

No No
Quiet room Quiet room available on first floor of the Heritage Centre, access via the lift. Trail is outdoors Station is outdoors
Toilets Yes. Within Heritage Centre and behind the Railway Museum. No: Nearest toilets in the Heritage centre or behind the Railway Museum. No: Nearest toilets in the Heritage centre.
Wi-fi Yes. Within Heritage Centre building only. Obtain a voucher when you make a purchase in Granite’s. No. No.
Dogs

Dogs on leads are welcome on the patio area ONLY.

Dogs are NOT allowed anywhere else on site, including Granite’s.

No Yes. Dogs MUST be kept on a lead.
Assistance Dogs Are welcome. Are welcome. Are welcome.
Picnic Area No. The outside seating area is intended for customers using Granite’s.

Yes: Picnic area overlooks the railway (number 11 on Nunckley Trail Map).

The tables in the High Viewing area are reserved for Waffle Shack customers. When the Waffle Shack is closed you may eat your own food here. (Number 5 on Spinney Trail).

No
Poor Mobility and Older Visitors
Facility Heritage Centre, Granite’s and Quarry Buildings. Nunckley & Spinney Trails Mountsorrel Station
Level Wheelchair Access

Heritage Centre and Granite’s: Level access from the car park.

Quarry Buildings

Nunckley Trail: Level access is available from the gate on Swithland Road. A RADAR key can be obtained from Granite’s. A returnable deposit will be charged for the key.

Spinney Trail.

No
Ramp Wheelchair Access There is kerb-free access to the inclined ramp that leads down to the museums and platform. The gradient of the ramp is 1:15 with regular level sections where wheelchair users (or their assistants!) can take a rest, if necessary.

The nature trail is wood bark and chippings and is, therefore, not an ideal surface for an independent wheelchair-using visitor to push on. We recommend that wheelchair users have an assistant to help them with this surface.

Spinney Trail and High Level Viewing: There is a short but steep gradient and the path crosses a rough roadway where loose stones are a potential hazard.

There is kerb-free access to the inclined ramp that leads down to the platform. The gradient of the ramp is 1:15 with regular level sections where wheelchair users (or their assistants!) can take a rest, if necessary.
Lift Lift to all floors. Site on one level. Site on one level.
Accessible Toilets Yes within Granite’s coffee shop and behind the Railway Museum. No: Nearest toilets in the Granite’s coffee shop and behind the Railway Museum. No: Nearest toilets in the Granite’s coffee shop.
Seating Yes: Seating is available in the Granite’s coffee shop. Several of the outside tables have been modified for wheelchair users. Yes: Seats are available at regular intervals around the trail. No
Assistance Dogs Are welcome. Are welcome. Are welcome.
Further Information Stations and trains carry portable ramps for safe access by wheelchair. If the stations are unmanned, assistance should be sought from the train staff. Some trains have specific less-able accommodation, but not all. It is advised that a call to the Great Central Railway should be made to enquire whether trains operating that day carry this facility. Ambulant disabled people should be able to access the rest of the train via ramped wheelchair access into the guards van. The heritage railway carriages have narrow aisles and corridors, so wheelchair access is not possible along the train.
Mother and Child
Facility Heritage Centre, Granite’s and Quarry Buildings. Nunckley & Spinney Trails Mountsorrel Station
Pushchair Access There is kerb-free access to the inclined ramp that leads down to the quarry building, museums and platform. The gradient of the ramp is 1:15 with regular level sections. The nature trail is wood bark and chippings and is, therefore, not an ideal surface for buggies and pushchairs. There is kerb-free access to the inclined ramp that leads down to the platform. The gradient of the ramp is 1:15 with regular level sections.
Baby Changing

Granite’s: Baby changing facilities are available.

Railway Museum: does not have baby changing facilities.

No: Nearest toilets in the Heritage centre. No: Nearest toilets in the Heritage centre.
Blind or Visually Impaired
Facility Heritage Centre, Granite’s and Quarry Buildings. Nunckley & Spinney Trails Mountsorrel Station
Sensory Aids

The platform edge is picked out by a white line and there are tactile surfaces on the platforms. Station staff will be happy to assist if needed.

Display boards in the Heritage Room and Museums feature bar-codes which allow mobile/tablet users to listen to each board.

Visually impaired visitors will find shorter messages in Braille at the bottom right-hand corner of the notice boards. Bar-codes linking to an audio description will be available shortly.
There are tapping logs at the side of the path along the whole length of the trail. The path includes sensory and tactile areas, a discovery area for children and adults with special needs, wild flowers, shelters and seating, a willow tunnel and a picnic area.
The platform edge is picked out by a white line and there are tactile surfaces on the platforms. Station staff will be happy to assist if needed.
Assistance Dogs Are welcome. Are welcome. Are welcome.
Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Facility Heritage Centre, Granite’s and Quarry Buildings. Nunckley & Spinney Trails Mountsorrel Station
Induction Loop Yes, Granite’s only. No. No.
Assistance Dogs Are welcome. Are welcome. Are welcome.
Culinary or Dietary Restrictions
Facility Heritage Centre, Granite’s and Quarry Buildings. Nunckley & Spinney Trails Mountsorrel Station
Catering Please ask at the counter for gluten free and vegetarian options. No. Nearest Catering is at Granite’s Coffee Shop or the Waffle Shack. No. Nearest Catering is at Granite’s Coffee Shop or the Waffle Shack.
Health and Safety
Facility Heritage Centre, Granite’s and Quarry Buildings. Nunckley & Spinney Trails Mountsorrel Station
Sheer Drop Please be careful near the platform edge. It’s a long way down! No. Please be careful near the platform edge. It’s a long way down!
Trip Hazard Not present Yes. The local wildlife have a habit of burrowing for food on the bark path. Not present

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