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South Devon Railway

The Railway Station, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
+44 1364 642338
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
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Bristol
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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

As a birthday present, I was given vouchers for a meal for two on the South Devon Pullman, and it was excellent. Glass of bubbly on arrival, seated in a vintage carriage, then the steam lock whistled, and off we went, then stopped at a senic spot for the first course, then on a bit further and stop for the... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Great day out with the family, very friendly staff who were helpful and more than happy to tell my train mad 3 year old all about the trains and what they were doing. Great and reasonably priced.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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86 reviews 86 reviews
44 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Have been on other "vintage" steam railways in otger parts of the world but this one is the longest (7mile) each way. Great day to be had even though it was raining. Not to be missed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

If you're looking for a great day out, look no further than the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh. It is very reasonably priced and perfect for taking the children. The Butterfly and Otter Sanctuary is right off the car par as well, so you can really make a day of it. The cafe and shop are close by so you... More

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Turriff, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Wonderful trip to Totnes and back - lovely comfy seats - lovely friendly staff most are volunteers and love their work.

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

As a saddo model railway buff, I enjoyed this trip. Great photo opportunity. The main problem was of my own making _ we didn't plan our visit to the butterfly farm very well so we had a long wait for the next train, which we filled by going to Buckfast Abbey. By the time we took the train, there wasn't... More

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Devon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

Had a great trip on the Buckfastleigh to Totnes steam train the scenery was lovely too, a real step back in time. The trains left the platform bang on time on both trips well impressed. Makes a fab day out for all the family as there is plenty to do for the kids as well.

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Seaton, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We called in Totnes Tourist information for directions to walk to the South Devon railway station. We decided to follow the instructions for the walk along the river. It took nearly half an hour of brisk walking - unsuitable for push chairs or those with mobility problems. On our return trip we went via the town - only took 15... More

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

Thank you for your comments and we are glad you found the journey pleasant and the staff helpful. We don’t have any control over what information is given out by Tourist Information Centres but our own staff will always make clear the best route for push chairs and those with mobility problems which is via the main line station. Like... More

South Wales
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Joined at the Totnes end (not very well sign posted from the mainline station, or was that me!) via a short walk over the River Dart. Enjoyed the Rare Breeds Farm at Littlehempstead. A very pleasant steam train ride to Buckfastleigh along the scenic River Dart. Plenty of things to see at that end - railway museum, workshops, otters and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It was nice to travel on a steam train that used standard gauge as we've mainly travelled on the narrow gauge railways of Mid Wales and feel the delights of the old British railways coaches. The staff were really friendly and point out some of the landmarks that we pass along the way. We travelled from Totnes to Buckfastleigh and... More

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