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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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Went on easter monday

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 July 2016
Laura M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank DECLAN F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

On the day we had our visit, we where fortunate to meet the volunteers who restore the engines and carriages. We where taken to the workshops and had a couple of hours learning all about the problems of trying to make the carriages as the original carriage used to be. We finished by taking the fantastic step back in time... More 

Thank Hugh B
Ballynahinch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

Took the opportunity to take the children on the train to see santa an they had a great time all the staff have went out of there way to make sure everything child has a great days fun in meeting santa

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Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

We had a great experience, the staff were helpful and good views! The trip was definitely worthwhile and value for money

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

On entering the railway station you are presented with an old style ticket. The train route is a circle which can include a stop at Inch abbey ruins. the kids love the 'Harry Potter' style carriages. They also love the Christmas Santa train and Halloween ghost train. I enjoy the coffee and tray bake :-)

2 Thank SeamieFitz

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