Matlock Boats and Train

Boating Lake and Miniature Train rides in Hall Leys Park, right in the centre of Matlock.


We currently run 10 motorboats around the Jubilee boating lake and first opened back on the 6th May 1935 in time for the King’s Royal Jubilee.

We operate weekends only from Spring and every day through all school holidays (weather permitting). 11.00am – 4.30pm You don’t need to book, just turn up!

If you want to be sure we are open, feel free to message our facebook page just to check. 

Our prices are £4.50 per boat with a maximum of 3 people in a boat.


We also have a handsome little miniature locomotive train known as ‘Little David’ who rides up and down a 200ft track, running alongside the River Derwent.

We are now fully electric so are also environmentally friendly!

It’s just £1 for a ride on Little David.

Little David Books & Gifts

Little David features in our new first children’s story! 


Based on his adventures in the park with his animal friends and beautifully illustrated by local artist Claire Duberry.  It has proved very popular and a second book is on its way! 

You can buy the book here on the website, or on ebay, or at the boating shed when we are open. 


Planning for 2021

The Boats & Train stayed closed for 2020 due to the Coronavirus. We are currently waiting and watching to see what changes over the coming months and will open when we are happy it is safe to do so. Hopefully we will be able to operate safely at some point this...

We Are Going Electric!

We Are Going Electric!

One of the things I love about the boats and train is that it is pretty much as it has been for many years.  Our train remains the lovely little locomotive built in 1974, still proudly named “Little David” Our boats are the same boats made new in the 60’s with...

Come and Visit Us!

We hope you can visit soon and enjoy this historic attraction. Matlock has some fabulous shops and eating places so why not make a day of it and make some memories along the way.