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South Devon Railway

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Address: The Railway Station, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park, England
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+44 1364 644370
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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The South Devon Railway is one of the West Country’s best loved tourist...

The South Devon Railway is one of the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the region.

The former GWR branch line runs along the stunning valley of the Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes on a 14 mile round trip. The steam trains offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.

The railway also has a fascinating museum, gardens, riverside walk, locomotive restoration workshops, a gift and model railway shop, refreshment rooms and more.

Free car parking at Buckfastleigh, just off the A38, midway between Exeter and Plymouth; Totnes is a 500 yard walk from the main line station.

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Busy steaming and great museum

we visited here on their half price weekend. I can see why it was so busy with families it is a lovely line and has good engines on it. Perhaps it was slightly sad that so many... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Karen B
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Chippenham, United Kingdom

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

we visited here on their half price weekend. I can see why it was so busy with families it is a lovely line and has good engines on it. Perhaps it was slightly sad that so many people were commenting that they were coming then as they couldn't afford to bring their family at full cost. We were pounced on... More 

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Thank Karen B
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to see us over the half price weekend and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. You are always welcome to come and see us again. We will certainly pass on your comments about the friendly and helpful volunteers, the museum and the café. We always keep a close eye on our prices and ensure... More 

Letchworth Garden City
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166 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There are several steam train and vintage Diesel engines and a wide variety of carriages from the 30's & 50's. The staff (volunteers?) were friendly and helpful.

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Thank Clive480077
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first visit to the railway having come from Wales for the winter steam gala and I highly recommend it. From friendly staff and volunteers, to outstanding food in the cafe, it was a delight to visit. The Scenery is beautiful along the line, as well as having beautifully restored stations, coaches and steam locos. I would consider... More 

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Thank Nathan M
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review, I will make sure your kind words are passed on. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. More 

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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This review is about the cafe. It has really gone downhill in recent years and today was not good. My friend had a cottage pie that was very salty, which he did not enjoy, and I had pale undercooked scampi and chips. Could hear annoying radio from kitchen. The prices are too high. It's a shame because the cafe used... More 

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Southdevonrly, Marketing director at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have taken on board your comments and discussed them with our team in the Refreshment Rooms, who are always open to feedback. The cottage pie is a home made dish and we did sell a number of these on the day of your visit, as well as since, and have had no other complaints.... More 

Ivybridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to the South Devon Railway Buckfastleigh quite a few times now and took the train to the Rare Breed Farm then on to Totnes and back, note the Rare Breed Farm doesn’t open in the winter so check before you go. It’s a good day out with the kids; you can also visit the Butterfly Farm and... More 

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Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review. we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

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72 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We visited the station and took a ride on the train with our 2 young children, one being obsessed with trains. They loved it! It was a lovely ride, and they were very excited. All the staff were really friendly and great with the kids. Would definitely recommend it. The only negative is the little farm wasn't open, as it... More 

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Thank LJMJ2010
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Great to hear that you and your children enjoyed your day with us. We hope to welcome you back again in the summer to visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and take a ride on the steam trains. More 

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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Second time visited here since 2012, there's new shed is currently under construction.This will not effect your visit, lovely people there are so friendly and thanks for guide me to the yard take photography of locomotives. Beautiful countryside, if you have the time recommend to walking public footpath alongside the river. I will definitely visit again

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Thank Fabiano V
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. More 

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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

No trains running on the day of our visit, but the station has been restored to a fantastic standard and there were some great steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock in the sidings. We had lunch at the Buckfastleigh station cafe, which was very reasonably priced, and it's easy to see why it's a firm favourite with the guys... More 

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Thank Orlando P
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your lovely comments I will make sure they are passed on. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for a ride on our trains. More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We go all the time to South Devon railway, they have a range of engines and carriages, a lovely trip to Staverton and back and a nice restaurant and lovely grounds and it's dog friendly too.

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Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear you enjoy your visits to the South Devon Railway. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. More 

Redruth
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Visited back in April for Thomas the tank event have to say The Thomas event was much better. Not saying this was a complete dissapointment it had its ups and downs....We went on 4th December....It lacked the ambience of Christmas.....Staff were fantastic no denying but I think more effort could have been made in decorating the train carriages.....Santa felt very... More 

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Thank Mel D
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us this Christmas and for your comments. We always take customers' thoughts and views very seriously and will certainly take into account what you have said. We had a very busy Christmas period and are pleased that we had a lot of very positive feedback. We shall be looking at all the feedback we... More 

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