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Downpatrick & County Down Railway

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Address: Market Street, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 4461 5779
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The Downpatrick and County Down Railway runs through the drumlin...

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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All credit to this tiny band of steam preservationists. They are doing a brilliant job on a shoe-string. Excellent restorations in progress and great display area. Go and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 3, 2016
ShropshireLad48
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

All credit to this tiny band of steam preservationists. They are doing a brilliant job on a shoe-string. Excellent restorations in progress and great display area. Go and encourage them!

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

While planning our journey around Ireland, we wanted to see a variety of attractions and listed the Downpatrick and Country Down Railway as something of interest. The old steam train is run by volunteers. We were fortunate to meet one of the volunteers who chatted about the work that has gone into making the journey possible on the train. He... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

Took the steam train to Inch Abbey. It was fantastic to see the carriages and engine in use and relatively unchanged from their hey-day. The smoke was billowing out and literally engulfed the platform and us.. it added to the experience - isn't that what it's all about after all, the way it used to be before technology took over... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

My son and I went to Downpatrick and County Down Railway exhibition quite late in the day's schedule and took 4.15pm to Inch Abbey. A 10minute journey at a slow pace past old railway stock and out into the green for the 2 mile trip. An old buffet carriage serves tea and coffee - it's a step back in time.... More 

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Moira, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

We visited with our baby and dog. The staff were very friendly, helping me on and off the train with my pram. They also made a fuss of our dog and provided fresh water. So nice to take our dog on the train, we were just asked to keep him off the seats which was fine. Train station is nice.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Can't say enough about this place! Been here every year for the past few years, and it's great to see the work being done with the Lottery Grant! The museum and showroom are brilliant, and so interactive- which is great fun! Of course, the train itself is the main attraction, and it gets better every year. The staff are nothing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

We visited one Saturday afternoon and we really enjoyed. Admission of £6 got you access to the little museum and a trip out on the steam train. It is run by volunteers and it had a real community feel. Really enjoyed.

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

St Patrick's day this year took my grand kids away to the train station they have never been on a train It was brill to see all the engines and to hear the loud whistle scared them a bit but got used to it Great people who organised the day full of great facts about the train Great family day... More 

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

We all had a great trip and enjoyed seeing round the workshop and old carriages in Downpatrick. The train journey itself was good and we all had a nice relaxing tea break at Inch Abbey which was great with the sun out,so peaceful. My only very minor gripe is that it is a short journey....but that's because we all enjoyed... More 

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Robert_Gardiner, Manager at Downpatrick & County Down Railway, responded to this review

Hi Stuart, regrettably the length of line is not up to us! All I can suggest is writing to the Chair of the local council and expressing your support for our planned line extension to try and get the land. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

First visit to this place and the kids and I really enjoyed it we got our tickets fairly quickly and the place was quite busy. Because it was easter, there was a hunt to do which ment we were also looking out for bunny's and dolls and once found we would mark it off our list which we were giving.... More 

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