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.
Save
Review Highlights
Great Train ride

Had a fun day out visiting the Plym Vally Railway lots of things to look at and a trip down and... read more

Reviewed October 9, 2018
EGmac_307
,
Alexandria West Dunbartonshire
Always an interesting visit

Wel the steam train is up and running, travel the old fashioned way, in a classic steam train... read more

Reviewed August 12, 2018
julierichards0n
,
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Read all 91 reviews
  
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Plymouth
from $129.60
More Info
from $366.50
More Info
Reviews (91)
Filter reviews
91 results
Traveler rating
57
21
10
1
2
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
57
21
10
1
2
Show reviews that mention
All reviews north pole express run by volunteers santa train van rides friendly bunch ticket price all ages return journey platform carriage track engine woods brakes sentinel halloween plym
Filter
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 91 reviews
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Had a fun day out visiting the Plym Vally Railway lots of things to look at and a trip down and back along the track on the steam train was the icing on the cake

1  Thank EGmac_307
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Wel the steam train is up and running, travel the old fashioned way, in a classic steam train, remembering that the trains have been lovingly restored by volunteers, take a ride enjoy the beautiful views, have a look in the carriage shop, in expensive items to be bought, look over the old maps of bygone days train lines etc. Enjoy a lovely cup of tea and enjoy a freshly made bacon roll whilst watching the fantastic steam train. Take a walk along the path to see the other trains, engines and carriages being given renewed life by these fantastic men and women who give their time freely, this is suitable for all ages, look online to check when they have special trains running - halloween - christmas.

1  Thank julierichards0n
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 9, 2018

A great little line, short but wort the money paid. The driver for a fiver experience on the sentinel shunter and brake van is one if not the best available. Parking is in the adjacent council run car park, entry to the site via a slope

1  Thank Russell H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 13, 2018

This is a small concern, which has grown very slowly in its 35+-year existence. It now has a mile and a half of track, and stations have been built at each end. There is a train service on something like fifty days of the year, including every Sunday in the spring/summer season. Mostly the services are diesel-worked brake van trips, but on certain days there is a steam service.

The journey is only a short one, but the fares are very modest, and it is quite agreeable to stand on the veranda of a brake van as it is pushed slowly along.The guard and I chatted about this and that while my little granddaughter enjoyed the view and spotted the wildlife.

There is a small shop/ticket office, a simple but good (and very low priced) buffet and small. The approach to the station is not level and would prove challenging for wheelchair users. But the volunteer staff are very friendly, and the whole set-up has a relaxed, unhurried feel that we greatly appreciated.

A pleasant couple of hours without being truly spectacular. More refinements and improvements are planned. Really worth three and a half stars.

1  Thank Stephen T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 19, 2018

The line is only about a mile in length, which had included a small extension to the Plym Valley Woods. Great for the kids and families, however like with all attractions, best not to attend when there's a special event or during the peak tourist season where it can get extremely claustrophobic and uncomfortable.

1  Thank Micklah
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 29, 2018

Located on the outskirts of plymouth ... small steam railway ...very reasonable prices ... great themed days ...things to see and do in same area ... great place to visit with children ... shop there also for refreshments and railway items

1  Thank gary l
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 22, 2017 via mobile

At the weekend we had tockets to take the grandchildren on the North Pole Express to see Santa.
After boarding the old fashioned train we left for the North Pole. On the way Santa came through the train and spoke to every child. On reaching the North Pole we got off the train and went along the platform to meet Santa again. It was snowing here and all had their photo taken with Santa. Every child was given a present.
If you want to go on an old fashioned train Plym Valley is the place to go. Go online to check train times. Very enjoyable and the children loved it.

1  Thank Weddingtrip147
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 22, 2017 via mobile

I'll start this review by stating that I take no joy on writing anything less than positive vibes for a piece of heritage run by volunteers. This is purely to highlight to those, possibly likes us, with a young family and no money to waste. I can comment only on our experience of purchasing the "first class" experience at a cost of £24 for 2 adults and 1 under 2 year old (free). For the extra money you were placed on a different carriage, received a themed mug, hot drink and a bar of chocolate. Older childtem also teceived a gift but as pur child was under two and thetefore free they did not receive a gift, we actually brought our own so the boy didnt muss out as this was advertised beforehand. Well, straight away as others have mentioned the site upon arrival, with the promised Christmas stalls and activities looked more like a building site. On to the train for a short journey to the 'North Pole'. This consisted of a shed which housed Santa, a 'snow machine'... which was a foam machine(?!) and a loooooong queue to visit santa. Having waited about 20 minutes in the queue with an increasingly frustrated 1 year old we met Santa. Our boy was asked what he'd like for Christmas and there ended our boy's experience of meeting Santa. A quick photo and we were out in less than a minute. This Santa didn't appear to be comfortable interacting with young children. Back on the train for the return journey. Upon return we looked at the stalls which amounted to a local owl society with birds to pet, a Christmas trinket stall and the booth for purchasing photos from your experience with Santa. I should add, the free mug is given to you at the start so you have to carry your mug with you for the entire experience. The hot drink was awful, an instant hot chocolate which I'm sorry went on the floor.

It pains me to report this experience. I am local to Plympton and have been all my life. I am an advocate of preserving heritage and there isn't enough of it around. The volunteers were friendly and I wish them well in their contribution to the community, but this experience was frankly dire and which I blame the organisers for. The premium ticket price I can assume went on the mug and chocolate which was ultimately unnecessary.

What could have been a memorable experience was let down with poor planning. I hope they continue and improve for the future, I really do, but if you're considering paying a visit I honestly wouldn't bother with the premium experience... just pay the standard ticket price and make it a bit of a laugh with the family.

1  Thank MossyCorn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 9, 2017

The entrance, car parking, works yard etc can all be a bit off putting if you are used to the somewhat sterile atmosphere at other heritage railways - but if you get over this, you will find a really friendly group of volunteers and a great railway to wander around - most Sundays they run guard van rides along part or all of the line - on special occasions they have steam trains operating the whole length. They really need more support - it is surprising that Plymouth can simply ignore this great asset for the City.

2  Thank Famrave
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

Went here with little expectation. What I found was a very friendly bunch of older volunteers who have them selves a very nice scenic railway. They could do with more volunteers and money but this seems to be the story for all smaller preserved railways. We payed just £5 for my partner, 14 year, 2 year old, 1 year old and myself to go on the brake van ride. This was pulled by a sentinel shunter in a fictitious BR blue livery. All in all a nice couple of hours for very little money but best to check on line if trains are running.

1  Thank pooldave180
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
View more reviews