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.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Downpatrick & County Down Railway

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Market Street, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 44-28-4461-5779
Website
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 83 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 59
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Good day out for ALL the family

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
dsbs2011
,
Moira, United Kingdom

Similar Things to Do in Downpatrick

Add Photo Write a Review

83 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 83: English reviews
Moira, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Helpful?
Thank dsbs2011
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

Helpful?
Thank jessmurphy99
Level Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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.

Helpful?
Thank lee n
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Helpful?
Thank Tarapetdog4389
Lisburn, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
89 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Helpful?
1 Thank Stuarty1975
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 

1 review
5 of 5 stars 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 

Helpful?
Thank Laura M
Newtownards, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

It was to be a showery day and we had the grand kids to entertain ...so a trip to the steam trains grabbed there attention. Easy to find, we soon found ourselves thrown back to the 1960s. Kids loved it and we spent our time with memories of our youth. Did the walk up to the Abbey which kept the... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank JohnRHughes100
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Well signposted in the centre of Downpatrick with free onsite parking. The ticket office, platform and staff all take you back to the bygone days of steam. We took plenty of photos of the steam train and then settled into our carriage. The train took off (late!) but it doesn't go fast so you can have a good look around,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Samantha P
Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Great day out at this train museum. ALL the volunteers were so friendly and informative, they all obviously love this special place. We traveled to Inch Abbey on a steam train there you can get a snack onboard the buffet carriage or bring a picnic to enjoy at the beautiful Inch Abbey. Return to Downpatrick on the train then visit... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank David T
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

The museum was very interesting and the staff were very friendly and were happy to explain the rolling stock on display and answer any questions.The steam journey to Inch Abbey is too short a ride.A return trip via the curve to King Magnus Halt from Inch Abbey would make this a longer better experience.The buffet carriage at Inch Abbey is... More 

Helpful?
Thank Andrew C

Travelers who viewed Downpatrick & County Down Railway also viewed

Downpatrick, County Down
Downpatrick, County Down
 
Downpatrick, County Down
Downpatrick, County Down
 

Been to Downpatrick & County Down Railway? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Downpatrick & County Down Railway staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?