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South Devon Railway

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Address: Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park, England
Phone Number: +44 1364 644370
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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The South Devon Railway is one of the West Country’s best loved tourist...

The South Devon Railway is one of the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the region.

The former GWR branch line runs along the stunning valley of the Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes on a 14 mile round trip. The steam trains offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.

The railway also has a fascinating museum, gardens, riverside walk, locomotive restoration workshops, a gift and model railway shop, refreshment rooms and more.

Free car parking at Buckfastleigh, just off the A38, midway between Exeter and Plymouth; Totnes is a 500 yard walk from the main line station.

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Devonshire Pullman. A superb dining experience

We booked a party of four on the September Devonshire Pullman Dining Train and throughly enjoyed the whole evening The food was presented exactly as ordered and delivered by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Johnk8920
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked a party of four on the September Devonshire Pullman Dining Train and throughly enjoyed the whole evening The food was presented exactly as ordered and delivered by immaculately turned out staff The ambience created in the beautifully turned out coaches as the train slowly made its way from Buckfastleigh to Totnes was really excellent and provided us all... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As a great Western affionada I must confess a special interest in The SVR. That said, a great place to spend a family. Is it for a few hours with kids and wallow in steam nostalgia. Highly recommended!

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Cowes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely day out, we had so much fun. We came about 3 years ago and had an amazing time. The river Dart is so beautiful. I would highly recommend spending a few hours going back in time and enjoying the sounds and smells of steam

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Southdevonrly, Guest Relations Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your recommending review, I will make sure your lovely comments are passed on. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. More 

Devon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Would certainly recommend the diesel driver experience on the SDR, really great value for money, with the chance to drive one return trip of the line in the loco, and then also act as a second man on another round trip, the day is really well organised with a visit around the sheds at Buckfastleigh in the morning, with 4... More 

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Southdevonrly, Guest Relations Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our diesel drive a train experience I will make sure your lovely comments are passed on. We hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

i went on the south devon steam railway yesterday from totnes to buckfastleigh along a lovely line which follows along the upper parts of the river dart it was a lovely trip also you can visit the totnes rare breed farm or at buckfastleigh is the otter and butterflies attraction so you can visit 3 attractions in one which you... More 

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Southdevonrly, Guest Relations Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your day with us at the South Devon Railway. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. More 

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a lovely trip on the South Devon Railway Very scenic ride following the river.. Very good shop at Buckfastleigh plus an adequate cafe. All wheelchair friendly. Dogs can travel on the train and go in the shop, but sadly not in the cafe.

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Southdevonrly, Guest Relations Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. We hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

Haytor Vale, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Dart Valley is beautiful, and this train journey is the best way of seeing it. The railway is run by very enthusiastic volunteers. We used it to visit Totnes. Parking at Buckfastleigh, we took the first train, returning on the last train. Parking can be difficult in Ttnes, so this is a great way for an all round day... More 

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Southdevonrly, Guest Relations Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your day with us. We hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fantastic place. Cafe and model shop well worth a visit staff very helpful . Train ride is really good. Unlimited travel and you can get off and visit totnes.

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Southdevonrly, Guest Relations Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your day with us. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I traveled on the steam train recently and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Being a wheelchair user it's sometimes difficult to access attractions but the staff couldn't have been more helpful. They got a portable ramp to enable us to get on and off the train with ease without making me feel like a nuisance, which sometimes happens.... More 

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Southdevonrly, Guest Relations Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for this brilliant review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your day with us. Make sure you come and see us again soon. More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit for children of all ages. It lovely steam engines, a railway shop and plain but excellent cafe. Very reasonable priced meals and train travel. It is also handy for a wide variety of other attractions including the Butterfly Farm and Buckfast Abbey.

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Southdevonrly, Guest Relations Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your day with us and our joint attractions. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. More 

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