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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

South Devon Railway

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park, England
Phone Number:
+44 1364 644370
Website
Today
09:30 - 17:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Description:

The South Devon Railway is one of the West Country’s best loved tourist...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 836 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 578
    Excellent
  • 203
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Good Family Day Out

We have been to the South Devon Railway Buckfastleigh quite a few times now and took the train to the Rare Breed Farm then on to Totnes and back, note the Rare Breed Farm doesn’t... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jwilley67
,
Ivybridge, United Kingdom

Similar Things to Do in Buckfastleigh

Add Photo Write a Review

836 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 830: English reviews
Ivybridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to the South Devon Railway Buckfastleigh quite a few times now and took the train to the Rare Breed Farm then on to Totnes and back, note the Rare Breed Farm doesn’t open in the winter so check before you go. It’s a good day out with the kids; you can also visit the Butterfly Farm and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jwilley67
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review. we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

Level Contributor
72 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the station and took a ride on the train with our 2 young children, one being obsessed with trains. They loved it! It was a lovely ride, and they were very excited. All the staff were really friendly and great with the kids. Would definitely recommend it. The only negative is the little farm wasn't open, as it... More 

Helpful?
Thank LJMJ2010
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Great to hear that you and your children enjoyed your day with us. We hope to welcome you back again in the summer to visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and take a ride on the steam trains. More 

Level Contributor
37 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second time visited here since 2012, there's new shed is currently under construction.This will not effect your visit, lovely people there are so friendly and thanks for guide me to the yard take photography of locomotives. Beautiful countryside, if you have the time recommend to walking public footpath alongside the river. I will definitely visit again

Helpful?
Thank Fabiano V
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. More 

Level Contributor
33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

No trains running on the day of our visit, but the station has been restored to a fantastic standard and there were some great steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock in the sidings. We had lunch at the Buckfastleigh station cafe, which was very reasonably priced, and it's easy to see why it's a firm favourite with the guys... More 

Helpful?
Thank Orlando P
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your lovely comments I will make sure they are passed on. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for a ride on our trains. More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We go all the time to South Devon railway, they have a range of engines and carriages, a lovely trip to Staverton and back and a nice restaurant and lovely grounds and it's dog friendly too.

Helpful?
Thank Lynda C
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear you enjoy your visits to the South Devon Railway. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. More 

Redruth
Level Contributor
28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Visited back in April for Thomas the tank event have to say The Thomas event was much better. Not saying this was a complete dissapointment it had its ups and downs....We went on 4th December....It lacked the ambience of Christmas.....Staff were fantastic no denying but I think more effort could have been made in decorating the train carriages.....Santa felt very... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mel D
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us this Christmas and for your comments. We always take customers' thoughts and views very seriously and will certainly take into account what you have said. We had a very busy Christmas period and are pleased that we had a lot of very positive feedback. We shall be looking at all the feedback we... More 

Nuneaton
Level Contributor
137 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We found this delightful place quite by accident whilst visiting a local Otter Sanctuary. Unbelievably, the car park was free which enabled us to cross the railway bridge just in time to see a steam train and four carriages under steam. There were plenty of indoor things to do but we didn't venture into any entrances that might attract an... More 

Helpful?
Thank TheBandmaster
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

Level Contributor
27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We visited santa on Christmas Eve as a group of 16 and it was such a magical experience. We arrived at the station and there was plenty of parking and very well organised through to the train. Once on the train we were made to feel very welcome. We enjoyed a mulled wine and mince pie before going to visit... More 

Helpful?
Thank Vrshaw
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for a brilliant review. Great to hear you enjoyed your ride to the North Pole. We hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

Level Contributor
50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

such a great fun day out with the kids! The train ride was fun and short and sweet! We went on the Mince Pie Special and got a free mince pie - yummo! Although my Aussie kids were wondering where the tomato sauce was - you will only get this if you are an Aussie! Worth a day out even... More 

Helpful?
Thank Anita P
Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the South Devon Railway. We hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

Level Contributor
29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

This is our 5th year of traveling on the Santa by Steam specials and it really gets our Christmas started! All the staff and volunteers are so friendly and welcoming, shown to your reserved seats, served warm mince pies and mulled wine for the adults with juice and biscuits for the children. You're invited to see Father Christmas in his... More 

Helpful?
Thank Family_Dempster

Travellers who viewed South Devon Railway also viewed

Lydford, Dartmoor National Park
 
Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park
Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park
 

Been to South Devon Railway? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of South Devon Railway and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
19 days ago

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from South Devon Railway staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?