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South Devon Railway

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Address: Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park, England
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+44 1364 644370
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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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.

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The age of steam and a hearty lunch

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Orlando P
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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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
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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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 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I traveled on 10th December with my daughter and her partner and my grandson. We had an amazing time. The staff went out of their way to interact with the passengers and were full of Christmas cheer. WE were given mulled wine and mince pies and nothing seemed too much trouble. All the staff contributed to the magical experience. We... More 

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Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popped in here yesterday to look around, did not travel as it was their Santa special only trains running. Had a good look around the diesel locomotives and was very impressed in the condition of them and not only that it was lovely and clean everywhere. Had a coffee in the cafe which also sells hot food at a good... More 

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Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to us. More 

Crediton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an amazing day! The whole experience was amazing. My two Grandchildren, 4 and 2, had a lovely time meeting Santa and the gifts were perfect. Biscuits and juice were a hit with the little ones and the adults really enjoyed the mulled wine and mince pies! Already talking about visiting next year and going to the Thomas day in... More 

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Southdevonrly, Front Office Manager at South Devon Railway, responded to this review

It's great to hear that you and your grandchildren had a great experience at the South Devon Railway, we look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

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