Ravenglass, once a bustling port and of great significance in Roman times, it is now widely regarded as the most southerly point in the unique defensive system developed in the days of Emperor Hadrian, the most famous of which - Hadrian’s Wall - crosses from the east coast at Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway. Much of the original fort was destroyed when the railway was built but a short distance from the station you can find yourself standing next to the external bathhouse where its remaining exterior walks still stand defiant of their age.
Today, it is a tranquil village with a coastal feel, pearl mussels were formerly found here but now the rivers Irt, Mite and Esk merge into an almost land locked harbour, Ravenglass is the Lake District National Parks only coastal village. There is blue badge parking spaces outside the main ticket office.
Our NEW café on platform 1 is built on the site of the original three foot gauge building. From River Mite light bites to Northern Rock freshly baked cakes. There is a spacious seating area downstairs overlooking the platform and a large vaulted seating area upstairs, with an exterior link to the children’s play area. The upstairs area can be reserved for children’s parties, celebrations or coach groups. There is seating for up to 50 persons with special group set menus and party options available. Book in advance terms and conditions apply.
An excellent chance to catch up on a spot of retail therapy with a wide selection of gifts for our younger passengers and that all important memorabilia to remember us by until your next visit of course ! Plus we have a bike rack so you can leave your cycle with us just outside our workshop, opposite to the ticket office.
Visitors to the area can now get outdoors and explore the beauty of the Western Lakes with electric bicycle hire from nearby Muncaster Castle. There are eight designated electric bike charging points throughout the Western Lakes, including points at our Ravenglass Station. For more information the West Cumbria Electric Bicycle Network, please click here.
Recently refurbished our extended outdoor play area, which is sponsored by the Ravenglass Parish Council, has its own access from the upper floor of the Turntable Café.