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South Devon Railway

Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
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About South Devon Railway
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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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a charming railway. Staff so friendly, toilets on the platform. I got off at Totnes, but you can book a round Robin circular tour. If you remember the Steam railway this is worth going back in time.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank wandam558
Reviewed 5 days ago

Professionally presented staff, clean and well maintained facilities, great big free car parking, tasty cafe and well stocked model shop too! Very enjoyable train journey through some lovely countryside. Well worth a day out for all the family.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ElmtreeLine
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the return trip between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. The stations are great, beautifully maintained and well kept. The steam train and carriage ride was a wonderful experience. Very nostalgic. The volunteers are doing a terrific job. At Buckfastleigh they also have a miniature railway,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank GarryUK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I Traveled On The South Devon Railway Again On Saturday 24th August The Weekend Of The Beer & Cider Festival At Staverton It Was An Extremely Enjoyable Trip & I Actually Got Off At Staverton First Time At Staverton Wow

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank MikeBakes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by here with our 2 dogs loved every minute Its 7 miles end to end we found the volunteers warm and welcoming the train was as expected remember this is a heritage line. Quite a long walk at the end to.get into town...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank kcurrie1965
AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this fantastic review. We hope to welcome you and your dogs back again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited in August and disappointed to find the miniature railway wasn’t running. A fundamental error in our book. More info on Totnes would have been handy when buying the ticket like a map of the town as we spent along time wondering around finding our...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank travellingjacks
AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this good review and your feedback. Our miniature railway is run completely by volunteers and although they do their best there are days when the railway cannot operate, we are sad to hear that it wasn't running on the day you visited....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was lucky enough to be able to take a trip on two different trains on the South Devon Railway. I’m not particularly interested in trains but they really were beautiful and I felt like I’d just stepped into an Agatha Christie novel or onto...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank saralovesadventures
AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Great review, thank you!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We travelled as a multi generation group with dogs. This is run largely by volunteers who seemed happy to be there. The trips aren't long but nice scenery. We had lunch in the cafe garden which was reasonably priced. Toilet facilities are limited at Totnes...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Catharine T
AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Brilliant review, thank you so much.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Bloomin’ love this place. So much to see and explore. A very friendly, welcoming place. And free!!! Free parking, museum, gardens, riverside walk, and watch the engines coming and going. Just pay for your train tickets if you want to travel aboard the steam trains....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jayneb23
AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this great review.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A bit of a walk from Totnes mainline station through some beautiful country lanes lies this gorgeous heritage railway. The staff are all volunteers and the stations are all clean and decorated with flowers. The line runs from Totnes to Buckfastleigh. There is a buffet...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank NosonK
AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Great review, thank you.

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September 8, 2019|
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Response from douglase333 | Reviewed this property |
You will be able to enter the train from platform level. The railway stations all have platforms. There will be a small gap between platform edge and railway carriage.
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Response from Suzie L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, if they stay off the seats. Enjoy your trip!
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Response from ShirlTurner6024 | Reviewed this property |
As above really. I too cannot walk distance at the moment but other than the footbridge at Buckfastleigh which you can avoid by walking just a short distance along their road everything is level and short walking distance... More
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