Downpatrick & County Down Railway, Downpatrick
(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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  • 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! 
  • 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 volunte...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Enjoyable, vintage and informative.
  • Trains de-rail, but well done to them trying to get an 80 class