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Downpatrick & County Down Railway

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Address: Market Street, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 44-28-4461-5779
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Description: 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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Pleasant couple of hours

The railway museum was interesting with lots to see. The train journey was a pleasant jaunt along to inch abbey. Inch abbey is very tranquil wishing I had of had a picnic packed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

The railway museum was interesting with lots to see. The train journey was a pleasant jaunt along to inch abbey. Inch abbey is very tranquil wishing I had of had a picnic packed to relax there. The restraint cars at inch station are a great idea for hot or cold drink and snacks. Well done to the volunteers who staff... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit, especially our almost 3 year old daughter was fascinated! The steam and the whistle of the train, the old carriages with cabins, a little cafe at the Inch Abbey, the museum with interactive play area for the little ones, all great! Inch Abbey is lovely, well worth a visit as well. The staff are very... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

The day was good with exceptional weather their locomotive performed beautifully and the crew were friendly and talkative being a volunteer myself back home in Norfolk {NNR} I understand how hard it is for a heritage railway to operate but these guys have pulled it off very well.

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County Down, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Lots to see. Interactive exhibits. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Highlight of the day was the 'Footplate Experience.' Great value for money and a day to remember.

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County Antrim, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I have visited many preservation railways and this may not be the biggest but they certainly take pride in their station and trains to present everything very professionally. I was very pleasantly surprised and look forward to returning to see the many trains and rolling stock around preservd and prensented kn display again. We had a gloriously sunny day for... More 

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Dundalk, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a wonderful place to visit. We whiled away 3 very enjoyable hours looking at the various trains, carriages and the museum. The highlight of the visit was the steam train journey to the beautiful abbey. It was fantastic to see the steam train in action and the journey was so relaxing. A real trip down memory lane. While... More 

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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

A brilliant afternoon out on the stream train to Inch Abbey. You can go on the trains for a small fee and also ride in the first class carriages at no extra cost. There is a small museum above the station with an excellent timeline history and you can see the renovation projects that are currently being worked on in... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We visited on a rainy week day afternoon but we were given a guided tour by an enthusiastic volunteer. There is something here for everyone, even if you're not an engine head. The little museum is packed with interesting rail memorabilia but it's the trains which keeps the interest of everyone. They have been painstakingly restored to their former glory... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The steam train ride itself is quite short ~15 mins from Downpatrick to Inch abbey taking you through pretty countryside. There is a short walk from the station to the abbey with a small children's playground and picnic area en route . The train has carriages from different eras couple to it, so you can try out a different one... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Had a very enjoyable trip on Sunday to Inch abbey station. It is a short walk to the abbey which is beautiful. I think £18 for a family ticket is a little over priced for a short ride. But to be fair we did not have time to go in the engine shed. The small engine was sweet and my... More 

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Robert_Gardiner, Public Relations Manager at Downpatrick & County Down Railway, responded to this review

Hi Neal, thank you for leaving a positive review and glad you enjoyed your trip. We note that you purchased an £18 family ticket. The admission price not only includes the train trip to Inch Abbey, but also admission to the restoration workshop, the Carriage Display Gallery; and the museum on the first floor above the ticket office which tells... More 

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