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South Devon Railway

The Railway The Station Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
+44 1364 644370
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Great day out for any steam enthusiast

My family and I looked forward to a day on an authentic steam train and, despite the cost being a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
John H
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Lovely

Quite simply a lovely step back in time! The staff were all very friendly and the train trip... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
LuxuriousNomad_com
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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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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The Railway The Station Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I looked forward to a day on an authentic steam train and, despite the cost being a little steep, we paid at the old fashioned ticket office and waited for the train to arrive. We were not to be disappointed. The engine...More

Thank John H
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a fantastic review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our railway. I will make sure your kind comments are passed on to everyone involved. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite simply a lovely step back in time! The staff were all very friendly and the train trip itself was wonderful.

Thank LuxuriousNomad_com
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this lovely review, we hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff extremely helpful and knowledge. Very popular, lovely countryside. Consider Buckfastleigh to Totnes on SDR and then Totnes to Exeter on GWR. Get a slow train and really enjoy the Dawlish run. A really excellent day out but don't miss the last train back from...More

Thank thehubbards1954
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this great review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our railway. I will make sure your lovely comments are passed on to our staff and volunteers.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The last weekend of their season, so booked tickets for both days, having arrived at Totnes Riverside a good thirty minutes prior to trains departure only to find the ticket office not open, it appears they are having trouble trying to recruit enough volunteers, but...More

Thank WILLIAM H
Southdevonrly, Peter, Trustee and Marketing Director at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Well, what can we say? Your review has been shared with a number of our team who, quite frankly, are both disappointed and surprised by what you say. Our half price weekend, on which you visited, was a busy one – it’s a very popular...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of our group as disabled but after researching on website found this attraction supported wheelchairs. How Glad we were that we went. We were made to feel so welcome and were helped everywhere with wheelchair. They put out ramps so you can get on...More

Thank malcolm c
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this fantastic review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our railway. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited today and had a wonderful trip, all the staff we lovely and helpful, we sat in the buffet carriage, as my son is disabled, the staff we very helpful in getting him on and off and were also kind and patient with him....More

Thank Colin M
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this fantastic review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Steam Railway at Buckfastleigh as a family of 4 adults, 2 teenagers and a dog, dogs are allowed on the train but not in the café. You can have a look around the sheds and see the volunteer’s restoring the rolling stock,...More

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Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this great review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the railway. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At each end of the line, Buckfastleigh and Totnes Riverside Stations although not both original are extremely authentic and immediately evocative of days gone by. The route although only around seven miles has much of interest and is very picturesque as for most of its...More

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Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for a great review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We do our best to open our museum up to the public daily but when a school visits we do close our museum while the school looks around, it...More

Reviewed 16 October 2017

...been visiting Ashburton for over 25 years...first visit to the site.....lots to see including a marvellous and FREE museum full of local history exhibits etc..

Thank markfox1939
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 10 October 2017

I did think that £15 for a return ticket to Totnes was a little steep, for what equates to an hours total journey time. However, the ride itself was enjoyable. You can't help but find that you relax as the steam train chugs along. I...More

Thank Martyn T
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thank you for this great review, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to us. We try to advise visitors to arrive early in the day as you tickets entitles you to unlimited travel on that day. We look forward to welcoming...More

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Response from Johnk8920 | Reviewed this property |
Standard Fares for travel all day on normal timetabled days. Check website for when special fares apply Adult £15 Senior Citizen £14 Child £9 Family 2Adults +2Children £43 Other fares available See Fare tables at Booking... More
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Response from WendyDevon2014 | Reviewed this property |
No not all year round Website would have detailed opening times
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Response from Richard L | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about play area but there is the butterfly and otter centre next to the Buckfastleigh Station or the rare breeds centre next to Totnes Station. Children and adults alike will be delighted by either of these.
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