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Downpatrick & County Down Railway

Market Street, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4461 5779
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Wonderful experience travelling back in time on Steam hauled trains Excellent facilities very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bluefredie
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Wexford, Ireland
Good Quality and Good Fun

I've been to many heritage railway centres in several countries. This is one of the better. No... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
BobLackNZ
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The Downpatrick and County Down Railway runs through the drumlin countryside of County Down - St. Patrick's Country - over the River Quoile and under the graceful Down Cathedral. With a mix of steam and diesel trains, and vintage carriages, there's plenty for train fans of all ages - from wee kids to "big kids". Run by volunteers, society membership entitles you to free travel.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Market Street, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful experience travelling back in time on Steam hauled trains Excellent facilities very helpful staff all of whom are volunteers

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to many heritage railway centres in several countries. This is one of the better. No large steam engines but there were two small tank engines in steam and a reasonable length of train ride (as many times as you like on one ticket)....More

Thank BobLackNZ
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had talked for a long time in taking the grandchildren for a ride on the steam train,unfortunately due to the dry weather and heath and safety the steam train was not running. That didn’t dampen the sprites of the wee ones only the weather...More

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Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

Not been for few years. Not disappointed as Bo bo CIE running due the no steam due to fire risk. Saw the stunning Class 80 re ferb. Looks super well done to all concerned. Great static railway exhibts stunning referbs. Look for the lamps in...More

Thank Paul J
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Reviewed July 4, 2018

The Downpatrick Steam Railway is not one of the biggest but certainly one of the friendliest. Having arrived in a heat wave on 1st July we were told there would be no steam operation that day due to the risk of fire along the route....More

Thank Dave M
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

Although quite small and not open for trips apart from weekends in the summer and a few special occasions, it really is worth a visit. As usual, the staff are extremely polite and helpful and the station has a small model railway and a workshop...More

Thank Terence K
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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

This was an Easter Bunny train day and was really well organised. Great value with unlimited train rides and a quality egg. The dining car is showing its age but hopefully a replacement is inbound. Thoroughly recommended!

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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Went for the Easter event. Really interesting museum, lots of displays. All the staff are really friendly and willing to share their knowledge with visitors. Enjoyed the trip in the restored train to the buffet carriage. Gallery also great with a lot of upcoming projects....More

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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

Visited here for the Easter event. It was absolutely brilliant. From you enter the old station house you feel like you're stepping back in time. They have people dressed in period costumes, making the experience all very authentic. The day involved a ride on an...More

1  Thank Gerd C
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Reviewed December 23, 2017

Took a steam train to see Santa, the kids loved it! The train was lovely, the staff were all lovely, Santa was the nicest Santa we have seen, he was the 1st one that my 2 yr old wasnt afraid of! The museum is great...More

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NiborNorthernIreland
August 8, 2017|
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Response from Robert_Gardiner | Property representative |
Hi Jennifer, we cannot offer midweek charters at the moment, however check out the Groups Visit and Venue Hire page at the main downrail website (afraid Tripadvisor won't allow direct links so you'll need to google it)
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