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Downpatrick & County Down Railway

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Address: Market Street, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ, Northern Ireland
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The Downpatrick and County Down Railway runs through the drumlin...

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 plenty for train fans of all ages - from wee kids to "big kids". Run by volunteers, society membership entitles you to free travel.

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Fantastic family day out!

My daughter and I have visited the Downpatrick Railway on several occasions as last few years - Easter, Halloween and Christmas, and each time has been a thoroughly enjoyable... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 December 2016
Carville84
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I have visited the Downpatrick Railway on several occasions as last few years - Easter, Halloween and Christmas, and each time has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Every person you see here making your day out run smoothly is a volunteer, and they really are a credit to themselves and to Downpatrick. The station has been maintained... More 

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Thank Carville84
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

All credit to this tiny band of steam preservationists. They are doing a brilliant job on a shoe-string. Excellent restorations in progress and great display area. Go and encourage them!

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Thank ShropshireLad48
Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

While planning our journey around Ireland, we wanted to see a variety of attractions and listed the Downpatrick and Country Down Railway as something of interest. The old steam train is run by volunteers. We were fortunate to meet one of the volunteers who chatted about the work that has gone into making the journey possible on the train. He... More 

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Thank Maureen S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Took the steam train to Inch Abbey. It was fantastic to see the carriages and engine in use and relatively unchanged from their hey-day. The smoke was billowing out and literally engulfed the platform and us.. it added to the experience - isn't that what it's all about after all, the way it used to be before technology took over... More 

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Thank Blair1Down
Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

My son and I went to Downpatrick and County Down Railway exhibition quite late in the day's schedule and took 4.15pm to Inch Abbey. A 10minute journey at a slow pace past old railway stock and out into the green for the 2 mile trip. An old buffet carriage serves tea and coffee - it's a step back in time.... More 

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Thank CMS221272
Moira, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We visited with our baby and dog. The staff were very friendly, helping me on and off the train with my pram. They also made a fuss of our dog and provided fresh water. So nice to take our dog on the train, we were just asked to keep him off the seats which was fine. Train station is nice.... More 

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Thank dsbs2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Can't say enough about this place! Been here every year for the past few years, and it's great to see the work being done with the Lottery Grant! The museum and showroom are brilliant, and so interactive- which is great fun! Of course, the train itself is the main attraction, and it gets better every year. The staff are nothing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We visited one Saturday afternoon and we really enjoyed. Admission of £6 got you access to the little museum and a trip out on the steam train. It is run by volunteers and it had a real community feel. Really enjoyed.

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Thank lee n
Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

St Patrick's day this year took my grand kids away to the train station they have never been on a train It was brill to see all the engines and to hear the loud whistle scared them a bit but got used to it Great people who organised the day full of great facts about the train Great family day... More 

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Thank Tarapetdog4389
Lisburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

We all had a great trip and enjoyed seeing round the workshop and old carriages in Downpatrick. The train journey itself was good and we all had a nice relaxing tea break at Inch Abbey which was great with the sun out,so peaceful. My only very minor gripe is that it is a short journey....but that's because we all enjoyed... More 

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Robert_Gardiner, Manager at Downpatrick & County Down Railway, responded to this review

Hi Stuart, regrettably the length of line is not up to us! All I can suggest is writing to the Chair of the local council and expressing your support for our planned line extension to try and get the land. More 

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