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South Devon Railway

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Address: The Railway Station, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1364 642338
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Family day out

We had a lovely day with our 4 year old daughter with her big sister, she enjoyed the train ride , we also took her on the miniature train she thought she was on Thomas , she... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Darren F
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely day with our 4 year old daughter with her big sister, she enjoyed the train ride , we also took her on the miniature train she thought she was on Thomas , she enjoyed every minute.

Thank Darren F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely place to visit, it's like going back in time. Everyone is super friendly and there is something to interest all the family.

Thank nicijay
Wigan, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my favourite of all the heritage railways in Britain. Here at the SDR, the volunteers strive wherever possible to recreate the atmosphere of what this gorgeous branch line used to look like back in it's heyday. The staff are very friendly, even letting my partner and I look around the engine shed before we caught our train. At... More 

Thank Christopher G
Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited with some friends for the 3rd time this year this time during the 'Half Price Weekend on the 1st of November. This railway is a lovely little railway which offers great value for money! Unfortunately this visit was not as good as the others though. We wanted to get the 10:00 train to Totnes so we could spend... More 

1 Thank robjones89
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this with my two children who are 4 and 7 and met a friend with her little lad. We had come to go to the Buckfastleigh Butterfly and Otter Sanctuary which is next door and came over to the station to see the steam trains. I previously visited in August this year and thoroughly enjoyed the trip from... More 

1 Thank TimboBoy
Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice place for family and friends it has a little park for the kids. And a nice smooth ride on the train

Thank Cameron K
Bath, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Three grandchildren (7, 11 and 12 Years) love this railway and over half term the associated activities of Pumpkin Carving at Buckfastleigh went down well. Always a great favourite and the rare breeds farm at the Totnes end is very special , too.

Thank Sylvia T
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have travelled on the South Devon Railway several times in the past; usually behind a steam loco. Always interesting - particularly with two 'train-mad' young grandchildren! But last weekend spend a day's driver experience in a class 37 diesel: a great experience - well organized, really good tuition; what an experience! Also the visit 'behind the scenes' at Buckfastleigh was... More 

Thank Chris B
Andover, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The line has everything a rural Devon line should have. Lovely stations, views of the Dart and of course 'steam'. Stager ton is such a lovely place to eat your lunch in between trains. Shame Ashburton is but a dream due to the short sightedness of previous generations of road builders.

Thank TonyandJanH
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We recently visited the Railway and I must say the ticket and the train staff were lovely. On our visit we had to wait for the train so visited the café and shop. The café had dirty tables the food was of a very poor quality, miserable lady in the kitchens and slow moving staff. My daughter had to change... More 

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