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South Devon Railway

Address: The Railway Station, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1364 642338
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95%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Attraction details
Type: Scenic railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Good attraction to visit if in the general area. Great for the kids to get a flavour of another age and us oldies to reminisce our past. We travelled in old rolling stock, with plenty of space, behind one of the old steam engines. Lovely ride through country and wooded areas to Totnes. Warning here that the station at Totnes(next... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Loved the half term Branch Line special . Great combination of both steam locomotives and diesels . Only problem we had was the windows in the carriages steaming up inside . Great scenery along the way .

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

A well-run preserved branch line, mixing stock and features from the 1920's & 30's with those from the 1950's. The line also offers a pretty ride along the Dart Valley. Last time we visited the auto-train was in service and we took the opportunity to get off at Nappers Halt and walked along through the village to Staverton station for... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Not to bad a place. A little expensive. (£36 for 2 adults and a child for a round trip) Normally its ride or day. I was there half term. Nice place to walk and look at the old trains they have. Not such a big place maybe spend an hour there. Not really worth travelling to if travelling more than... More 

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Somewhere
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There is quite a bit to see and do on site, as the Buckfastleigh station is on the same physical site as the Otter Sanctuary and Butterfly Farm! This preservation railway runs from Buck to Totnes via one station in the middle. On the weekend we visited there was a Beer Festival being held in the middle station so we... More 

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Bristol
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73 reviews 73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This is a well run attraction with very friendly staff whisking you back in time to the days of steam. The museum is worth a look around and the station is well kept and the trains are fantastic.

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Colne, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

My, at the time girlfriend and I enjoyed the train journey to Totnes and back shortly after being keepers for the day at the otter sanctuary which is practicality next door. We was in Devon for a two day break where I had planned to ask Natalie to marry me. Being mad about otters we was booked in to be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

There are many steam railways across the country, but if you are in South Devon you would be mad to miss this one - linking the gorgeous town of Totnes (via a picturesque walk along the River Dart) to Buckfastleigh on the edge of Dartmoor, the SDR offers a service throughout most of the year, taking just under half an... More 

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exeter
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Owen got some coal for Xmas...as well as presents. But Santa leaves coal for naughty boys especially if they write on the walls. However when you are 4 and a steam train fan it does not matter if you get coal because your Granddad can lift you up and you can put coal in the tender and the driver and... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I was lucky enough to take my 4 year old grandson on the Santa train on 13th December. We were with my sister and her 3 year old granddaughter. We had a marvellous time. The service was excellent. We were entertained by a magician on the journey and Santa and his elves were in a beautifully decorated grotto. The children... More 

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