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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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Nice day out

Leisurely and scenic train ride (30 mins each way ) to Totnes, where you can go and visit the town. Train follows the river dart and there is one stop on the way, if you want to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Leisurely and scenic train ride (30 mins each way ) to Totnes, where you can go and visit the town. Train follows the river dart and there is one stop on the way, if you want to get off and try e.g real ales.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What better way to spend a bank holiday afternoon than a trip on a steam train, stop off for a pint of real ale, and then back on the train, this is fabulous preserved line and the station at Staverton exquisite, very friendly staff and excellent facilities on all 3 stations all the volunteers do an fantastic job keeping the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A lovely day was spent on this glorious preserved steam railway.Almost everything is here to thrill old and young and all in between.Stress free journey of course friendly informative staff picturesque scenery and stations and a lovely cafe at the end of the line at Buckfastleigh.Great day out.Recommended!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a lovely day, best steam experience we have had. Went with elderly Cousin 87yrs young who spent the day saying "l remember that" and was thrilled to see they had Tiny the only survivor of the Broad Gage Atmospheric Railway. All the staff were very helpful and informative. Thank you all for a memorable day.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This railway is so pretty and there are three stations which are lovingly kept so tidy and so pretty with many flowers. Buckfastleigh station also has a lovely gardens area and picnic area and a large car park. They also have a small railway in the gardens. The trains and carriages are beautifully maintained. The journey takes you through superb... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely comments I will make sure they are passed on. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband doesn't smile very much mainly because he's got dodgy knee, stresses about life & is married to me. Today he's a happy chappy because he loves trains. He could go back & forth all day if he wanted & I could go & find a pub & get slowly sozzled on local cider. Wonderful day for us both!... More 

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

Thank you for your great review. We are delighted that both you and your husband enjoyed your day at the South Devon Railway. We hope to see you both again soon. More 

Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you are in to trains or hate the daily commute every day on the 0815 to Victoria, a trip on the South Devon Railway will sway you to being an avid fan. From the moment you arrive at the station, you are transported back in time to the golden age of steam. Greeted by friendly staff, all smartly dressed,... More 

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

Thank you for your review, We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your day with us at the South Devon Railway and I will pass on your lovely comments. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Fareham, United Kingdom
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298 reviews
171 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely little heritage railway, running alongside the River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. Totnes is worth a visit in its own right.

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Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. More 

Berlin, Germany
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The variety of historic rolling stock and breathtaking views with friendly staff and history galore make this railway a cut above other vintage railways.

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Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Fantastic picture! Thank you for your lovely comments, we hope to see you again soon. More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a trill of travelling by steam train and looking out of the window as the countryside passes by to the rhythmic sway and chug of the train. A very enjoyable journey. A ticket collector even clips your ticket, the experience is most charming.

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Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. Our volunteers and staff aim to take you on a experience back in time, we are delighted that you enjoyed it. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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