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Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat

Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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mysticgoku wrote a review Jan 2021
London, United Kingdom59 contributions25 helpful votes
I never been on a steam train but my other half has so I was very excited when she booked these tickets. A blessing in disguise was that due to COVID-19, we had 4 seats to ourselves which was great, despite it raining! We took so many good photos, waved at people walking alongside the beaches and paths next to the track. At each of the stations, you get to see the steam train go back and forth which was a sight to behold! To note, when you get off at Kingswear, there is a free crossing for ticket holders to and from Dartmouth, and if you want to leave early you can. All we did was ask the ticket office and they assigned us new tickets very quickly which was fantastic as we had anticipated paying extra (this could change when things get back to normal though)
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Skiboy 20/20 wrote a review Nov 2020
Kent, UK221 contributions183 helpful votes
We took a day trip on the Steam train from Paignton to Dartmouth. The train is excellent, passing coves and inlets on its journey down the Devon coastline. The price is very reasonable indeed and includes the ferry crossing from Kingswear to Dartmouth return. Once you arrive at the terminus station in Kingswear, Dartmouth is just across the river Dart and the ferry awaits you every 15 mnutes or so. Don't forget to visit the small village of Kingwear. Most people just get off the train and get on the ferry. Such a shame as the small fishing village where the train terminates is a lovely colourful village built in tiers above the river bank. It's a nice place to look around and is much quieter than Dartmouth which is full of tourists. The steam train is perfect for a day out from Paignton or Torquay and there are reduced fares for seniors and family group tickets. We visited during the Covid19 pandemic and they were very clear on regulations and you must wear a mask on board. Of course you'll always get the one or two that won't follow 'rules' but they're one of lifes little niggles, and as far as we were aware, everyone enjoyed their trip. A great day out Covid or not! Highly recommended. Note: The train does not stop at any of the smaller stops en route. Whilst they are trying to manage the service during Covid, the route is direct only Paignton to Kingswear (for Dartmouth) only. Dartmouth is a small bustling town with lots of tourists. Enjoyable but a little uncomfortable having to try and avoid one another when trying to Socially distance. Well worth a couple of hours visit. There doesn't seem to be a lot of places to shelter if the weather is bad, so be prepared.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Allan C wrote a review Nov 2020
Ipswich, United Kingdom295 contributions182 helpful votes
Lovely day in September began with a ferry trip across the river to Kingsweir and continued with a very pleasant eight mile jouney to Paignton by steam hauled train with the old Midland rasberry and custard coaches. Covid protocols were observed by most of the passengers while on the train and all of them at the stations. We had a couple of hours in Paignton and then the journey back. Very reasonably priced excursion, well worth doing if you are staying in Dartmouth, or Paignton for that matter, for a few days.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Hollyrg22 wrote a review Oct 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom91 contributions15 helpful votes
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We booked to do this during half term COVID-19 the weather was rubbish but we still had a great day. The steam train was fun would have been nice to be able to see out the windows better as they were filthy but never the less we enjoyed the train ride to kingswear and had a great time exploring Dartmouth. We would love to do it again in the nicer weather.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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KateBucks wrote a review Oct 2020
Bucks47 contributions58 helpful votes
Nostalgic journey by steam train with beautiful views. Make sure to pre book as it’s very popular. Would not hesitate to recommend!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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