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Downpatrick & County Down Railway

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Address: Market Street, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 4461 5779

The Downpatrick and County Down Railway runs through the drumlin...

The Downpatrick and County Down Railway runs through the drumlin countryside of County Down - St. Patrick's Country - over the River Quoile and under the graceful Down Cathedral. With a mix of steam and diesel trains, and vintage carriages, there's plenty for train fans of all ages - from wee kids to "big kids". Run by volunteers, society membership entitles you to free travel.

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Easter weekend day out

Upon visiting Northern Ireland for a few days I decided to visit the railway for a few hours with my fiancée and family. We were not disappointed. It was great to see that the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Daniel R
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Upon visiting Northern Ireland for a few days I decided to visit the railway for a few hours with my fiancée and family. We were not disappointed. It was great to see that the train was packed with young families. The line is only a mile long but there is plenty to do. As it was Easter weekend in the... More 

Thank Daniel R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had been meaning to visit for a while and we went today. It was a lovely day out. For anyone who loves old trains this is a great place. From the museum of old carriages and trains to the ride on the steam driven carriages along to the ancient ruins at Inch Abbey. All the money goes back into... More 

Thank Dpetrie
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We've taken rides at Xmas and Halloween and they are always something special! There is a also a great museum with carriages the children can explore and a little interactive corner with costumes, toy train and colouring. A credit to the town

Thank JMurphyEdinburgh
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I have visited the Downpatrick Railway on several occasions as last few years - Easter, Halloween and Christmas, and each time has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Every person you see here making your day out run smoothly is a volunteer, and they really are a credit to themselves and to Downpatrick. The station has been maintained... More 

Thank Carville84
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

All credit to this tiny band of steam preservationists. They are doing a brilliant job on a shoe-string. Excellent restorations in progress and great display area. Go and encourage them!

Thank ShropshireLad48
Darwin, Australia
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158 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

While planning our journey around Ireland, we wanted to see a variety of attractions and listed the Downpatrick and Country Down Railway as something of interest. The old steam train is run by volunteers. We were fortunate to meet one of the volunteers who chatted about the work that has gone into making the journey possible on the train. He... More 

Thank Maureen S
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Took the steam train to Inch Abbey. It was fantastic to see the carriages and engine in use and relatively unchanged from their hey-day. The smoke was billowing out and literally engulfed the platform and us.. it added to the experience - isn't that what it's all about after all, the way it used to be before technology took over... More 

Thank Blair1Down
Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

My son and I went to Downpatrick and County Down Railway exhibition quite late in the day's schedule and took 4.15pm to Inch Abbey. A 10minute journey at a slow pace past old railway stock and out into the green for the 2 mile trip. An old buffet carriage serves tea and coffee - it's a step back in time.... More 

Thank CMS221272
Moira, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We visited with our baby and dog. The staff were very friendly, helping me on and off the train with my pram. They also made a fuss of our dog and provided fresh water. So nice to take our dog on the train, we were just asked to keep him off the seats which was fine. Train station is nice.... More 

Thank dsbs2011
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Can't say enough about this place! Been here every year for the past few years, and it's great to see the work being done with the Lottery Grant! The museum and showroom are brilliant, and so interactive- which is great fun! Of course, the train itself is the main attraction, and it gets better every year. The staff are nothing... More 

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