As a living, breathing, working museum, the Steam Railway is a popular and fascinating destination for all age groups. Beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages, often hauled by 19th century locomotives, can take students on a journey through stations showing different time periods of Isle of Wight railway history (Wootton Station – Edwardian era, Havenstreet Station – 1940s).

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is a registered educational charity, and it is our intention to provide an excellent learning experience for your students, in line with the National Curriculum.

Options for school visits include:

  • A guided tour of Havenstreet Station, including our interactive Train Story Discovery Centre and a 1-hour train ride.
  • A self-guided tour of Havenstreet Station and Train Story Discovery Centre.  Education resources can be provided to support your visit.
  • Educational workshops including The Garden Isle by Train (KS1) and Local Study: The History of the Island Railways (KS2).

KEY TOPICS: 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, DT, M, EVS, SCI

Key Topics

1: Pre Romans  2: Romans 3: Medieval 4: Tudors 5: Stuarts 6: Georgians 7: Victorians 8: 20th Century 9: Defence 10: World Wars 11: Children 12: Transport 13: Domestic Homes 14: Smuggling 15: Work/Agriculture 16: Evidence/Archaeology 17: Local History 18: Other Topics 19: Change & continuity

A: Art AH: Agriculture/Horticulture DT: Design/Technology M: Maths EVS: Environmental Studies G: Geography IVL: Imaginative Writing, Literature SCI: Science PA: Physical Activity W: Wildlife & Animals