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Downpatrick & County Down Railway

Market Street, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ, Northern Ireland
44-28-4461-5779
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Downpatrick
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Downpatrick and County Down Railway runs through the drumlin countryside of County Down - St. Patrick's Country - over the River Quoile and under... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Newcastle, Co. Down
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9 reviews 9 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We visited with our toddler, and we were charmed to bits by the lovely staff who were so attentive and genuine. Our wee man thought he was in heaven. It's not the world's longest railway journey but it is truly lovely - passing through the Quoile basin and over the river on a scary bridge. Inch Abbey was so peaceful.... More

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Down
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Went with some friends who were visiting from America. They loved it and so did I, although I hadn't expected to! A nice train ride, a walk around Inch Abbey, an enjoyable way to kill a few hours on a sunny afternoon.

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Well worth a visit, a lot of different railway stock, very helpful staff. A ride of the train was great fun.

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Limavady, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

Visited with my family on 6th July last year. Wonderful preserved railway line with a good range if rolling stock on view both outside and in a specially constructed coaching shed. Staff all very genuine and helpful eager to share their knowledge. Small scale oo gauge railway for kids too. Worth checking website for special events we took the kids... More

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Kanturk, Cork, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The only full sized preserved railway on the island of Ireland. Runs chiefly from Downpatrick to Inch Abbey ,very near to the ruined 1000 year old Cistercian abbey ,which is in itself worth visiting with its lakeside setting and fine distant view of the Cathedral in Downpatrick. There is a small play area and teashop (in a an old railway... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

During my late 30s I began to realize that I missed my childhood fascination with all things trains. Now at the grand old age of 41, my wife and I have visited the Down Steam Railway many times. It is the only thing of its kind in Northern Ireland (sadly). Every time we come it is wonderful. For us, the... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
55 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Everyone enjoyed this, from the teenagers to the adults, but the older visitor who remembers the days of steam - and of these carriages - was enraptured. Although it's only a very short journey (very, very short to anyone who knows the Severn Valley Railway) it has all the excitement you expect of a steam train trip. Arriving at the... More

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Douglas, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Lovely journey, very friendly staff, our little Cocker Spaniel loved it. It was a lovely day so the walk to Inch Abbey was very pleasant. If you only had time for one return journey then it was rather expensive as the train ride only lasted minutes, however if you had time to ride the train more than once and look... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Worth every pence! My wife and I arrived at this museum 30 minutes prior to closing with our three very excited boys. One of the museum employees rode with us in our train car for the ride to and from Inch Abbey and gave us a extensive history lesson about the line and about Irish Rail. The train ride includes... More

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Kilkeel, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

so enjoyed this by in time train ride kids had a great time just a shame there not more trains these days much better than driving love the halloween theme trains an christmas ones defo worth seeing an suitable for all ages .....

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