We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Sunday afternoon” 4 of 5 stars
Review of South Devon Railway

South Devon Railway
The Railway Station, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
+44 1364 642338
Improve this listing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Attraction details
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
30 attraction reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Sunday afternoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

If you enjoy steam trains this is a very scenic line which can be enjoyed by young and old. Plenty of parking at Buckfastleigh and the cafe/restaurant was spacious as well.

The staff were really friendly as well and we thoroughly enjoyed our day there. Visited the Butterfly and Otter Sanctuary next door as well

Visited September 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

415 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Port Moresby
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great trip!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Lovely trip to Totnes, which in itself is a lovely old market town. The journey by steam is wonderful - the station along the way is all dressed up in period with advertising signs and old suitcases. A good museum at Buckfastleigh also.
The only downside is they don't really tell you just how far it is to walk into Totnes - it's NOT a short walk! We managed but anyone older or with a disability would have real problems. Perhaps they should consider a mini bus to the centre of town. I'm sure it would be welcome!

Visited September 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
St Germans , Cornwall
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
42 attraction reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
“Young or old you can’t beat steam trains.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

This has been a favourite of ours for many years. If you live locally it is worth joining for discount rates. From the age of 18 months to 6 years old this was the favourite place to take our grandson for a half day out and later his sister also, when staying with us for the weekends,we also like steam trains too. Nothing quite beats the smell of steam and distinctive sound of a steam train approaching. On wet days we packed a picnic in a hamper and set off from Buckfastleigh to Totnes a 30 minute journey with a stop at Staverton on the way. The line runs alongside the scenic river Dart and is known as the primrose line because of the abundance of primroses in spring. The early spring is a good time to visit. There is a shop on the train so expect to spend money on youngsters keen on collecting trains.
We generally avoided the “special “event days as the station can be too crowded then which youngsters find a bit bewildering.
You can leave the train at Staverton and walk to the village pub but it is a long walk along a narrow lane with youngsters and the food very average. Next to Totnes Station there is a small farm and animal sanctuary but not much to see and it is expensive to visit. The train changes ends at Totnes and this is something youngsters like to watch. The main line passes the steam line here and the intercity diesel trains acknowledge the steam trains as they pass with hooters and steam whistles sounding bringing Thomas tank Engine and his friends to life.
On quiet days our grandson was allowed on the foot plate to see the firebox and all the levers which was a great experience for him.
If you like walking it is great to go by train to Totnes and walk from Totnes back to Staverton along the river Dart close to the steam railway. You can catch a train back to Buckfastleigh or Totnes from Staverton. This is particularly special in the spring when the wild daffodils are in bloom. For the more energetic you can walk the whole way (approx 8 miles) from Totnes back to Buckfastleigh but from Staverton north the footpaths and lanes do not follow the railway line.
Back at Buckfastleigh . There is also a model 7 inch gauge railway which is popular with youngsters.
At Buckfastleigh Station there is a shop and a very basic cafeteria.
You can also visit the butterfly farm and otter sanctuary.

Visited September 2010
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Worth a visit - transports you back in time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

If you have children take a family ticket. Also try to fit in a trip on the River Dart from Totnes to Dartmouth, but you must look at the times of the boats from Steamer Quay as these are guided by the tide times. It is a long walk from the railway station especially for younger children so might be advisable to get a bus or taxi.

Visited July 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bournemouth England
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“loved this attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

We had a great time on the south devon railway, really nice people running this railway, beautiful 30 minute journey along the river and it really made you think you were back in time, well restored it was lovely, all the family really enjoyed it.

Visited August 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed South Devon Railway also viewed


Been to South Devon Railway? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage South Devon Railway, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.