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South Devon Railway

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Very good

I don't know why rides on steam trains are so appealling, when you're sitting in the carriage it... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Barry S
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Watford
Very enjoyable

Our 2nd visit. Such a scenic line and the rolling stock seems to have improved since our last... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
nessief
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Worcester UK
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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...more
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The Railway The Station Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
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Reviewed yesterday

I don't know why rides on steam trains are so appealling, when you're sitting in the carriage it doesn't really matter what is pulling it and yet we all love a steam train ride. The staff are very friendly and enjoy what they are doing....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our 2nd visit. Such a scenic line and the rolling stock seems to have improved since our last visit. Friendly and helpful staff and good value for money. Would recommend

Thank nessief
AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for this great review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your 2nd visit as much as your 1st. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited South devon Railway to celebrate my husbands birthday. We had lunch first in the restaurant. And then we had a lovely steam train ride to Totnes,such a beautiful line to travel on. All the staff are dedicated volunteers and do such an amazing...More

Thank ExeterMary
Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful day on the steam railway, the staff all volunteers are really good, helpful and informative. We came for afternoon tea on the train, but your ticket allows you to travel as many times as you want, so we had a lovely...More

1  Thank Gillian B
Amberley C, 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 and Afternoon Tea. I will make sure your lovely comments are passed on to our staff and volunteers. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The South Devon Railway is totally run by volunteers and is e real credit to them all. The journey to Totnes takes about half an hour and has great views . There's a great range of trains from old steam to early diesel engines. Come...More

Thank Alan W
Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this great review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit, your kind comments will be passed on.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not a train nerd at all. I'm not someone either who necessarily thought a train ride could be as contemplative and relaxing as it was. The volunteer staff were simply wonderful, kind and warm in nature. Their passion comes across in their interpersonal skills....More

1  Thank Jez T
Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow what a fantastic review, your kind comments will be passed onto our staff and volunteers. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you for lovely day out we came on 30th August for my daughter's 2nd birthday she loves trains .. the staff were lovely and very happy to help me with all help I needed as a wheelchair user, I spoke with staff before hand...More

Thank AmyM86
Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Easy to use, everything well sign posted. One train had more comfortable seats than the other but considering the age etc not much can be done about that. Well Recommend

Thank Ben C
Amberley C, 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, we hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Second journey on this Great Historical Railway, not disappointed by doing so. Broke the journey on the Totness end by visiting the City. Had a wait before catching the return and spoke to Peter, the on duty Stationmaster, very informative as to the Railway and...More

Thank grandad48
Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this brilliant review, your kind comments will be passed on. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

beautiful trains, station and other features. It wasn't good enough weather to go on but i enjoyed my visit and the staff were very helpful

Thank Rob V
Amberley C, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this great review. We look forward to welcoming you back for a train ride soon.

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timchoi y
21 August 2018|
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Response from David A | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at an air B&B and drove down the last 5 miles to the station. Look at the website for the different colour codes as they run diesel and steam trains on different days. If you get a day ticket you can ride up and... More
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Stephen D
21 July 2018|
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Response from AshleyH4056 | Reviewed this property |
About an hour and a quarter for a round trip.
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17 May 2017|
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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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