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South Devon Railway

The Railway The Station Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
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This is a real nice activity to do, quite expensive but worth it. Just see the train entering the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Magnusigbg
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A brilliant day out with our two boys!

We decided to take our 4 year old and 23 month old boys for their first ride in a steam train. They... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
VicG1985
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Chesterfield, 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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"rare breeds farm"
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"return trip"
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"buffet car"
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"model shop"
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"buckfastleigh station"
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"alongside the river"
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"steam train ride"
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"beautiful countryside"
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"ticket office"
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"step back in time"
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"small museum"
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"thomas the tank engine"
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"dart valley"
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"lovely trip"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a real nice activity to do, quite expensive but worth it. Just see the train entering the old station takes you back to the -40 s.

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Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for a great review.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We decided to take our 4 year old and 23 month old boys for their first ride in a steam train. They absolutely loved it and we're glad we spent the say with South Devon Railway. The added bonus of the Farm and Otter/Butterfly attractions...More

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Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for this great review. We are so glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed our joint attraction tickets. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

'God's Wonderful Railway' Pannier-Tank locomotives and chocolate and cream coaching stock. What more could anybody want?! Seriously though, this is a very highly recommended day out for railway-nutters and casual holidaymakers alike. Beautiful scenery and lovely endpoint destination-stations. My personal recommendation is to break the...More

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Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for this fantastic review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the South Devon Railway. We hope to welcome you back soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful train journey through glorious Devon countryside. The stations and train were very clean and well presented. The staff were all helpful and friendly, especially the canine member of staff at Buckfastleigh station. The cafe and shop were equally clean and the food was...More

Thank Malcolm W
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Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for this great review.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the steam train from Totnes to Buckfastleigh which takes about half and hour. All run by enthusiastic volunteers who do an amazing job and keep it spotless. We made a day of it and took the early train and came back on the last...More

Thank PamC149
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Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely comments, we are delighted to hear that you enhoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took some visitors from London on the train from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and back on a lovely summer's day and enjoyed the experience enormously. The staff, all of whom are volunteers, are what makes this such a delightful day out. The carriages are in spotless...More

Thank DawlishRed
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Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great review, we are delighted to hear that you and your visitors enjoyed your trip on the South Devon Railway, we hope to welcome you back again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely railway running past the River Dart. On a beautiful day it's beautiful. There is a butterfly and otter attraction on site. You can travel the railway as many times as you like, the cafe is lovely and clean, the sandwiches are...More

Thank Liz B
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Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow what a great review, thank you.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely way to see the country side,stepping back in time,nice little cafe with friendly staff.There is a small museum, Good parking,great day!!

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Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great review, thank you. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely train journey through countryside. As a wheelchair user the staff at buckfastleigh and totnes stations were very friendly and helpful.

Thank 1961caroline
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Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for a great review.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I caught the train at Totnes as I was holidaying in Brixham. Its a nice walk to the Littllehempson station from the main railway station. I enjoyed the ride and a cup of tea at Buckfastlegh and I had time to explore the area. I...More

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Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this lovely review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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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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