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Derby Roundhouse Tour

Various dates in 2020 £6 per person.

Temporary Closure

Following the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Derby Roundhouse will be temporarily closed. More updates will be made shortly.

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.

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. 

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.

Public Tours

The tour is available to book (please note that booking is essential) at £6 per person. 


To book, please contact Derby Sales & Information Centre Tel: 01332 643411.

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 Tours:

Private group tours can be arranged on alternative dates and times subject to venue and guide availability at £5 per person for a minimum group size of 10 people, so please contact Derby City Council's Tourism Team to discuss - Tel: 01332 643414 email 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:            

For a gift that's a little bit different why not purchase a Derby Roundhouse Tour Gift Voucher from Derby Tourist Information Centre? More information about Derby Roundhouse Tour Gift Voucher

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.