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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Following a visit during which I felt that I was treated with contempt I wrote a detailed letter of complaint and posted it to the Railway Manager Chris Williams. A month later and still no response so I will express my opinions here. I checked before buying my £18 ticket that a particular train was running and was assured it... More 

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John H, Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Railway Manager, Chris Williams writes: We are sorry to hear that your recent visit to the South Devon Railway did not meet your expectations. Our understanding from your letter is that you were not expecting a response, however, as with all feedback (good or bad) it was discussed at the “Wash up” meeting which followed the event. The situation on... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Visited the restaurant on Sunday and had a lovely roast dinner. We were running a bit late but were not rushed out of the place. Also had a walk around the place with the dog - no trains running but loads of artefacts to see anyway - and the dog had a swim in the river. 3 hours well spent.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Completely found the SDR by accident a few years ago and my family and I have since been on numerous occasions and especially enjoy the special weekend events such as the 1940's military vehicle weekends and real ale weekends! It's truly a step back in time at this lovely well kept station and a trip down the line is a... More 

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Returning from a holiday in Cornwall,We decided to visit this railway just to have a look, We ended up having a trip on the train. The train trip was excellent and the views along the river were great. The stations were well kept, The staff informative,And to end up we had a very good meal at the station cafe.

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Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A superb example of a volunteer-run heritage railway. Regular train trips to Totnes as often under steam as they can manage, lovely helpful staff, always clean and tidy with a very interesting museum complete with things to play with for the little ones. Also includes a miniature railway and plenty of scenic space to picnic if you don't wish to... More 

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

love this ride kids loved it too staff are great with kids love the views as you travel especially the river and pheasant I spy although this time we didn't see any last time they were every where. the museum is great and small wooden trainsets for little hands to play the café is very nice for freshly prepared meals... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

A lovely train ride, the views from the train were beautiful. A buffet car meant we could relax with a hot chocolate during the journey. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves! We coxes to drive to buckfastleigh and travel back to totnes as it meant we could park for free and then spend as long as we wanted in the otter... More 

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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121 reviews 121 reviews
55 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This is a great preserved railway with some interesting stock. It was nice to see the ex London transport tank engine painted in its original maroon colour scheme. They have other engines in steam and also old diesels. The whole area is nice and clean and there is a miniature railway there as well. The trains run to Totnes and... More 

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78 reviews 78 reviews
44 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The station is clean and tidy with plenty of parking and friendly staff. We were disappointed to be asked to leave the museum as there was a school trip coming in and although we understand the need to protect the children, it was difficult to tell our son he was not allowed in and did make us feel as though... More 

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