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South Devon Railway

1,133 reviews
About South Devon Railway
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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Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

First steam train experience meant for my 2 year old but we the adults thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Slow pace ride through streams and farms..it was very relaxing and peaceful. We got on at Buckfastleigh and got off at Totnes. Meandered into Totnes town for lunch...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

Thank you for this great review. We are delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 28 December 2018

This was our 3rd Santa Steam special ....... and last. It might as well have been in a department store. No wandering down the platform to see the steam train as both (for why both see later) engines were` off platform. Also, the train stopped...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed after your visit. Your feedback will be passed onto our events team.

Reviewed 24 December 2018

Great place for a day out with the family and friends ,great restaurant smashing food . Lots to see and do in all types of weather . Staff very helpful and kind a place not to miss .

Date of experience: November 2018
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AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

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

Reviewed 23 December 2018 via mobile

I visited with my 5 year old daughter. The snack included was disappointing. Low-cost biscuits such as custard creams, not very festive. Something a little more creative like gingerbread from the elves would have been better. My five year old said Santa was not real....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

Thank you for your feedback which is greatly appreciated and helps us to improve for the future. We are very sorry to hear that you were disappointed after your visit and all your comments will be passed on to our Santa team. We are delighted...More

Reviewed 19 December 2018 via mobile

We loved the whole exprerience, we loved that we had a pre show in the marquee , especially appreciated if yesterday as it was raining , The train run efficiently and was very magical for all of our family including the 13 yr olds All...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2018

Thank you for this fantastic review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your trip. We hope to welcome you back again next year.

Reviewed 9 December 2018

Fantastic, the effort that has been put to make it Christmasy was amazing. We went as a family and all really enjoyed it. The station looked beautiful and with the fire roaring in the ticket office and the Christmas trees it was very atmospheric. Highly...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2018

Amazing! Thank you for this great review, we are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your Santa by Steam experience.

Reviewed 29 November 2018

This went on the dart rivercruise ,fantastic day out for everyone ,we headed for totnes for easer parking ,caught the boat for the river dart cruise down to Dartmouth/kings wear ,absolutely lovely picturesque place .ferry from Dartmouth across to kingswear 5/10mins approx then the steam...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

An average experiance. Glad it was half price special weekend. I wouldve left very disappointed if i had paid full price. Staff seemed very friendly

Date of experience: October 2018
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AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 1 November 2018

A period extremely well restored railway with a small museum at Buckfastleigh. Lovely smooth rides. Inexpensive refreshments on the trains. Simple well presented food in the spacious café at the end of the line. ALL the staff were delightful and informative once one signified an...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

Thank you for this great review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit.

Reviewed 31 October 2018

A lovely place to visit. Take a train ride to nostalgia.Go back in time to the good old days of steam.After your trip enjoy a lovely meal in the restaurant, and then browse in the gift shop. Great day out

Date of experience: October 2018
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AmberleyC3, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Thank you for a great review

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Pam C
22 January 2019|
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Response from Anthony P | Reviewed this property |
15 to 20 minutes would be a very leisurely pace, I’d do it in ten minutes easily. This is assuming you mean Totnes main line station and not the heritage line.
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20 August 2018|
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Response from MalcolmW446 | Reviewed this property |
There are several places to stay in Buckfastleigh whicj is just off the A38 Devon Expressway. I suggest you look on the South Devon Railway website which carries a lot of information including timetables, fares etc. It... More
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Stephen D
21 July 2018|
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Response from GaryGuard | Reviewed this property |
About an hour and a quarter for a round trip.
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