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Volk’s Electric Railway

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Address: 285 Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1EN, England
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Better BrightonTrain Service Than Southern Trains!

The oldest surviving electric railway in the country runs for a couple of miles along the Brighton Coast between the Palace Pier (Yes, it is The Palace Pier NOT "Brighton... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
John A
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The oldest surviving electric railway in the country runs for a couple of miles along the Brighton Coast between the Palace Pier (Yes, it is The Palace Pier NOT "Brighton Pier"!!....sorry, strike for tradition!!) and Black Rock/Marina. It is an entirely reliable summer service....unlike the train that might or might not have carried you to Brighton! The Volks railway is... More 

Thank John A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Lovely peace of English history, and one of the first of its kind, opened way back in 1883 on August 4th. When it was presented to the people of Brighton an electric railway and doing towards the Marine about 1/4 quarter of a mile hope they might be able to get right down into the Marine one day,nice little run... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Nice yo ride up and down the front in the sunshine. Restored to a great standard and reasonably priced with a half way stop too. Great for getting from the pier to the harbour.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This historic little railway runs with one side adjacent to the road and the other to Brighton's pebble beach, between the town and the marina. Its one of the earliest electric railways in existence, dating from the 1880s. The ride takes about 20 minutes in each direction and includes a stop at a childrens pleasure park half way. It is... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

A ride along a not particularly attractive area of Brighton. The Volks railway is ancient and only maintained by hardworking volunteers and it's a shame Brighton council or The Lottery do not provide more help for this piece of English history!!! So please use it and help to keep it running it's great fun!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This is a delightful piece of history as it is the first electric railway in the world. Now operated by Brighton Council, the line runs along the front at Brighton to the Marina. At under £4 return for an adult, I think this offers really good value, and avoids the rather long walk from central Brighton to the Marina which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were so happy to see that the Volks railway was still running and being maintained. We loved the trip, took us back to when we were younger.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We came upon this adorable train by chance. We had just finished a game of crazy golf and was going to walk towards the Marina so this was an excellent alternative to walking! We bought a family return ticket for £9.70 which I think is reasonable as I'm sure the rail tracks need maintenance. Running from Aquarium station to Black... More 

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East London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We took the train from the marina to the pier. Not bad value £2.90. Very rickety, but that's part of the fun! At the half-way point, they crammed in more people and everyone was very uncomfortable.

1 Thank Sandrobear
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Travelled on the railway rather than walk back to the marina area where we were staying. The journey is short but scenic as it's next to the beach and the promenade. Good to say you have been on the oldest electric railway. Friendly staff and reasonable price to help maintain the trains and track. Worth a visit when in Brighton.

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