Derby 21 minutes
Nottingham 9 minutes
Matlock 56 minutes


Hop off the train at Attenborough for country walks and to explore Attenborough Nature Reserve, cared for by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. The village is on the River Erewash delta, where the river meets the Trent. There is a designated conservation area, a Grade I listed church and some buildings from the 17th Century.

Within a 15 minute walk of the station are the Nature Centre, a retail park and a range of pubs and cafés.

Station Facilities
  • Ticket Machine on Platform 1
  • Step Free Access
  • Parking
  • Toilets

Attenborough station
Attenborough Lane

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Did you know?

Oliver Cromwell’s son in law and right-hand man, General Ireton, was born in the farmhouse alongside the church.

Passenger Facilities

The station is unstaffed and tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine in the waiting shelter on Platform 1 for trains to Nottingham.  There is a customer help point at the entrance onto both platforms.

There are no toilets at the station.

There is cycle parking on Platform 1 .

Getting to and from Attenborough Station

The station is situated on a level crossing in the middle of the village conservation area with step free access to both platforms, there is a connecting bridge in the event the level crossing is closed.

Parking at the Station

There is no parking at the station and there is very limited space in the village.

Local Bus Services from Attenborough

From the bus stops on Long Lane, less than 100 yards from the station service 510 operates to local towns such as Beeston and Stapleford.

A few hundred yards further on, the excellent Indigo bus service runs up to every 10 minutes from the stops on Nottingham Road to Nottingham and Derby plus all stops in between and the Skylink up to every 20 minutes to East Midlands Airport.

Bus timetables are available here.  When trains are replaced by buses. road replacement services pick up/drop off points are at the bus stops on Long Lane, round the corner from the station.


Local taxi firms include

Attenborough Taxis 0115 917 0435,

Cable Cars 0115 922 9229

NG9 Line Taxis 0115 922 5226

In addition to the Derwent Valley Line service, Attenborough has direct EMR services each hour to Leicester and Lincoln and a limited CrossCountry service to Birmingham New Street. These services provide two trains each hour to Nottingham and a train each hour to Derby.

Explore the area
Nature & Parks

Attenborough Nature Reserve

Attenborough Nature Reserve is an outstanding complex of flooded former gravel pits and islands providing exceptional wildlife habitat.

Things to do

Walks from Attenborough

Tufted Duck Trail is a short 1.9 mile walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve taking in some of the most interesting and species rich habitats on the reserve.

Skylark Trail is a 2.6 mile walk from Attenborough Nature Centre alongside the railway towards Long Eaton.

Kingfisher Trail is a 3.7 mile walk around the perimeter of Attenborough Nature Reserve.

The Big Track is a 10 mile circular all off road walking and cycling route alongside canal and river between Attenborough, Beeston and Nottingham.

National Cycle Network Route 6 runs between Derby, West Park in Long Eaton, Attenborough and Beeston to Nottingham.

Erewash Valley Trail is a circular walking and cycling route on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire border.

Station history

The railway through Attenborough was built in 1839 by the Midland Counties Railway and was the culmination of efforts by Erewash Valley coal owners to supply coal cheaply to Leicester. The Leicester line opened in 1840 and the Erewash Valley line in 1847. In 1844 the Midland Counties Railway merged with the North Midland Railway and the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway to form the Midland Railway.

Rail services commenced from Attenborough in 1856, when Attenborough Gate opened, but closed due to poor patronage in 1858, before reopening in 1864 as Attenborough Station.  The present Nottingham, Derby and Leicester rail network, except for a minor diversion at Trent Junction, still operates over its original route.

Attenborough Station History

Station adoption

Since April 2018 the Attenborough Elderflowers have greened both platforms with a fabulous display of planters and plants.

The Attenborough Elderflowers are members of Attenborough Garden Club and have used their skills to build planters from recycled materials and utilise many donated plants, complemented with seasonal planting.

Interpretation boards about the village and the history of the station have been installed on both platforms.

Funding and donations for these projects have been gained from National Lottery, Nottinghamshire County Council, Tesco’s and local residents, commuters, Councillors and businesses

To get involved contact

Attenborough Elderflowers