Join us on a journey to explore the oldest turning shed in the World where the golden age of steam once ruled!
The crumbling remains of The Roundhouse has been restored into a truly unique learning centre for Derby College and this special tour reveals how the impressive new buildings complement the character of this historical site.
Derby Roundhouse is a Grade II listed building, built in 1839 and given Guinness World Record status in 2012 as the oldest surviving railway Roundhouse in the world.
The friendly and knowledgeable tour guides will take you around The Roundhouse, the Engine Shed and Carriage Shop and reveal the true-life stories of the men, women and children who pioneered Derby's railway industry. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Discount vouchers for '2 for the price of 1 for coffee & tea' or '20% off the Lounge & Bar or Brasserie Restaurant menus' at the Hallmark Hotel Derby will be handed out at the end of the tour.
You can walk in the footsteps of George Stephenson, constructor of The Roundhouse and discover how the town of Derby prospered at the forefront of Britain's Industrial Revolution.
The tour is available to book (please note that booking is essential) on the following dates throughout 2018:
Monday 18 June at 6.30pm (part of Inspiring Derby week)
Wednesday 25 July at 6.30pm
Wednesday 8 August 6.30pm
Wednesday 15 August 6.30pm
Saturday 8 September 10.30am
Wednesday 10 October 6.30pm
Wednesday 24 October 6.30pm
Monday 29 October at 2pm (part of Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Discovery Days week)
To book, please contact Derby Sales & Information Centre Tel: 01332 643411 or book online here >
Parking - For Public Tours on Wednesday at 6.30pm or Saturday at 10am or 10.30am, parking is generally available at Derby Roundhouse or paid parking facilities are available nearby.
Private group tours can be arranged on alternative dates and times subject to venue and guide availability, so please contact Derby City Council's Tourism Team to discuss - Tel: 01332 643414 email firstname.lastname@example.org Parking at Derby Roundhouse is not available if these tours are booked during Derby College hours. A deposit of £30 will be required to confirm your private tour with the balance to be paid 7 days in advance of the tour date.
Derby Roundhouse Tour Gift Voucher:
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Engine Shed Restaurant:
If you would like to book a meal at the on-site Engine Shed Restaurant before or after your tour, please call them direct on 01332 387487.
Occasionally, the Roundhouse is used for events and weddings, so sometimes the venue is set up or being set up for these activities. It will still be possible to view the Roundhouse whilst these activities are happening, but please remain closeby to the tour guide.