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Downpatrick & County Down Railway

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A Special Day

Just back from a wonderful family trip on the Lapland Express. Even better than last year. The... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2018
Lisburn, United Kingdom
Spooky train

Once again a brilliant trip on the rail. Decorated really well for Halloween, with 2 babies under 3... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2018
Strangford, United Kingdom
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“inch abbey”(43 reviews)
The Downpatrick and County Down Railway runs through the drumlin countryside of County Down - St. Patrick's Country - over the River Quoile and under the graceful Down Cathedral. With a mix of steam and diesel trains, and vintage carriages, there's...more
Market Street, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4461 5779
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All reviews buffet car rolling stock inch abbey restored carriages steam engine step back in time all ages old style brilliant afternoon fantastic family signal box easter bunny short walk staff were very friendly main station great trip children and adults
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Reviewed 16 December 2018

Just back from a wonderful family trip on the Lapland Express. Even better than last year. The staff at DCDR really know how to put on a superb event for all ages, especially the kids. Thanks for a great day.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Once again a brilliant trip on the rail. Decorated really well for Halloween, with 2 babies under 3 not too scary but could easily entertain older kids. Staff as always brilliant, enthusiastic and helpful and lovely soft toy gift to top off a great trip.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank ChantelleB238
Reviewed 16 September 2018

if u want to come see the best it is that but needs to run more times to make more money and the food would be better as the staff r the best it has well done to them all i would tell people to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Lavery019850
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Spent the afternoon at Downpatrick railway museum, it was fun to travel first class on a steam train not a thing that happens everyday. All staff where knowledgable and helpful. One of our party was a wheelchair user but this proved no problem as all...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bug9218
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

Loved it. Absolute dream come true getting to ride on the steam train. Just wish the journey was a little longer. Staff all very polite and helpful. Especially the young lady in buffet car. Gift shop really well stocked with second hand books. Great afternoon...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rikki009
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

A step back in time of what small branch rail way in Ireland what was in reality, there is a museum of p&t postoffice train carriage and steam engines. We took the steam train to Inch which is 2 miles away takes about 15 mins....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jamesmatthews17
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Had a brilliant afternoon. Kids loved the museum and dressing up while clambering in out of the carriages and locomotive. Visit to Inch Abbey was worth it too. Staff were all extremely welcoming and friendly. I would definitely visit again

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ben S
Reviewed 25 August 2018

This venue has not reached a point of maturity. There are tracks of derelict trains covered in tarpaulins. It really does no attract the average punter. If you are a railway not- this might be the place for you.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Vincent D
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Lovely day out, very nice and knowledgeable staff, lovely little team room at the end of the train line and you can walk up to the Abbey which is beautiful in 5 mins. Loads of engines/rolling stock. The actual line is very short but you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank hotelstays1
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Wonderful experience travelling back in time on Steam hauled trains Excellent facilities very helpful staff all of whom are volunteers

Date of experience: July 2018
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8 August 2017|
Response from Robert_Gardiner | Property representative |
Hi Jennifer, we cannot offer midweek charters at the moment, however check out the Groups Visit and Venue Hire page at the main downrail website (afraid Tripadvisor won't allow direct links so you'll need to google it)