Downpatrick & County Down Railway, Downpatrick

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 85 reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read more »
  • 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 int...  read more »
  • 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 ...  read more »
  • The evident enthusiasm and hard work of the volunteers bring alive the economic and social importance of the railway system in this part of Ireland. The trains, tracks, tickets, carriages are all there - you just want to experience the steam and that distinct noise of a steam engine!
  • Enjoyable, vintage and informative.
  • Fantastic place. I hope someday my affection for the railway will lead to myself volunteering. A fantastic selection of trains such as the 450 Class, A Class and 141 Class (diesels). Not many steam locos but that doesn't matter, the DCDR still maintains a nice fleet of heritage trains, including a small fleet of permanent way maintenance vehicles - and good on them for preserving them. The last time I paid a visit was 2009, however I hope to return someday soon. I would highly recommend this place to all rail enthusiasts, or anyone who wants to see something that little bit different.
  • loved everything about the railway..the staff were excelent and clearly love what they are doing. There was a model railway (inöcluding Thomas); a collection of real historic coaches and engines; uniforms and hats for children to get photographed in; and of course the ride in a steam train to Inch abbey (unfotunately wrecked by "the bold boys"). My Grandson Callum had a great day as did his grandparents :-) ..Im already looking forward to going back there soon.
  • A really lovely railway with welcoming & fantastic staff along with loads of heritage trains & stock.....
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