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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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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... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2016
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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 

Thank jessmurphy99
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We visited one Saturday afternoon and we really enjoyed. Admission of £6 got you access to the little museum and a trip out on the steam train. It is run by volunteers and it had a real community feel. Really enjoyed.

Thank lee n
Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

St Patrick's day this year took my grand kids away to the train station they have never been on a train It was brill to see all the engines and to hear the loud whistle scared them a bit but got used to it Great people who organised the day full of great facts about the train Great family day... More 

Thank Tarapetdog4389
Lisburn, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
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Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

We all had a great trip and enjoyed seeing round the workshop and old carriages in Downpatrick. The train journey itself was good and we all had a nice relaxing tea break at Inch Abbey which was great with the sun out,so peaceful. My only very minor gripe is that it is a short journey....but that's because we all enjoyed... More 

1 Thank Stuarty1975
Robert_Gardiner, Manager at Downpatrick & County Down Railway, responded to this review

Hi Stuart, regrettably the length of line is not up to us! All I can suggest is writing to the Chair of the local council and expressing your support for our planned line extension to try and get the land. More 

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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

First visit to this place and the kids and I really enjoyed it we got our tickets fairly quickly and the place was quite busy. Because it was easter, there was a hunt to do which ment we were also looking out for bunny's and dolls and once found we would mark it off our list which we were giving.... More 

Thank Laura M
Newtownards, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016

It was to be a showery day and we had the grand kids to entertain ...so a trip to the steam trains grabbed there attention. Easy to find, we soon found ourselves thrown back to the 1960s. Kids loved it and we spent our time with memories of our youth. Did the walk up to the Abbey which kept the... More 

2 Thank JohnRHughes100
Belfast, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

Well signposted in the centre of Downpatrick with free onsite parking. The ticket office, platform and staff all take you back to the bygone days of steam. We took plenty of photos of the steam train and then settled into our carriage. The train took off (late!) but it doesn't go fast so you can have a good look around,... More 

Thank Samantha P
Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Great day out at this train museum. ALL the volunteers were so friendly and informative, they all obviously love this special place. We traveled to Inch Abbey on a steam train there you can get a snack onboard the buffet carriage or bring a picnic to enjoy at the beautiful Inch Abbey. Return to Downpatrick on the train then visit... More 

1 Thank David T
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

The museum was very interesting and the staff were very friendly and were happy to explain the rolling stock on display and answer any questions.The steam journey to Inch Abbey is too short a ride.A return trip via the curve to King Magnus Halt from Inch Abbey would make this a longer better experience.The buffet carriage at Inch Abbey is... More 

Thank Andrew C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

Very enjoyable trip to Downpatrick Train Station. Staff very courteous and informative. Staff were particularly kind to my nephew who has Special Needs. He loved the train journey to Inch Abbey as he adores Thomas the Tank Engine. Thank you all so much.

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