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South Devon Railway

The Railway The Station Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
+44 1364 644370
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A whole day out

Quite an expensive charge at £15 return but lovely old steam engines and station. 30 min return... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nigel M
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Lovely trip

We loved our trip on this little narrow gauge railway. a real treat - friendly staff, nice cafe and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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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The Railway The Station Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Quite an expensive charge at £15 return but lovely old steam engines and station. 30 min return journey to Totnes, is worth leaving yourself a few hours to look around as there's some lovely galleries and places to eat, just make sure when leaving the...More

Thank Nigel M
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for a great review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit, we hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved our trip on this little narrow gauge railway. a real treat - friendly staff, nice cafe and lots of fun. We travelled in the first class carraige - cost a little more but well woth it.

Thank frantasticdesigns
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

2nd time we have been and is great fun - starting out at Paignton station and finishing off at Dartmouth. Kids loved it too and very child and push chair friendly. Excellent

Thank lifeboatone
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The children (and adults) all enjoyed the return trip up and down the steam hauled line, and the museum at the Buckfastleigh terminus. Staff on board clearly passionate about what they are doing and nice to get good value refreshments on board. Overall feels a...More

Thank NinaTom
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 6 days ago

We had tried to visit this railway 2 years before but a car accident prevented that happening. So we decided to try again. A very enjoyable few hours spent riding the trains but, unfortunately, the wet weather meant that we cut the visit short. Interesting,...More

Thank Keith T
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our railway, we hope to welcome you back again soon and hopefully the weather will be better.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great preserved railway. Been here a number of times and never get bored of it. Lovely area to walk round from all stations. Always nice and tidy. Staff all helpful. A very good day out.

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Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for a great review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoy visiting the SDR. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the steam trains and this place does not let you down, loads to look at real friendly staff where noting is too much trouble and even though they have been asked the questions a million times they answer you as if its the first...More

Thank BobF19
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for a fantastic review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our railway and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

A good place to visit with a family-though a pity the children's play area and garden trains were out of action to be worked on during the summer school holidays-slightly strange. Very nice staff who were happy to help and it must be remembered are...More

Thank Andrew L
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a real nice event for friends or families. Nice trains and very friendly staff. We enjoyed to start in Buckfastleigh and to spend the day in Totnes (ladt station). Clear recommendation!

Thank FritziLakritzi
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Brilliant review, thank you!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the SDR today with our 2 year old and 7 year old. We took the train from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and took advantage of the 3 in 1 ticket, which meant we could also visit the otters/butterflies and the rare breeds park. The...More

1  Thank Claire O
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow what a great review! We are delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit to the railway. We hope to welcome you back again on your next holiday.

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peterisa_email
May 16, 2017|
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Response from Sonia B | Reviewed this property |
I think we paid £13 something but don't remember the exact amount as we were with friends who paid they have the prices and times on their web site though
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Dawn S
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Response from WendyDevon2014 | Reviewed this property |
No not all year round Website would have detailed opening times
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munchkin906
August 14, 2016|
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Response from Richard L | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about play area but there is the butterfly and otter centre next to the Buckfastleigh Station or the rare breeds centre next to Totnes Station. Children and adults alike will be delighted by either of these.
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