Devon Railway Centre, Tiverton
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We have a lovely day here with our friends and two young boys. The staff are lovely and friendly and I think it offers good value. There are a few things you can pay extra for, but it is nice to have ... read more »
We visited late September. On entering the centre we found that we were the only ones there. It did seem a bit of a disappointment. Our first stop was to the train rides, we found that it would be up ... read more »
The only reason I did not award a 5* is the overpriced cafe. Excellent collection of model railways/model villages - my son would have spent all day pressing the buttons to see the trains going around... read more »
This is a truly brilliant day out. There's loads to do and see. We went as two adults with a two year old and all of us had fun. The model railways are brilliant and there are little steps you can carry with you so the children can see. The indoor play carriages are fun with toy trains, a sandpit and a ball pool. There's a larger indoor play area too but we didn't look in there. The two train rides are brilliant. The mini golf is only OK and in my opinion the 70p charge per player was a bit much, I know that sounds silly as it isn't much money but you pay enough to get in and the 'course' doesn't really warrant an additional charge. The model village is amazing and I really enjoyed the little gnome town. The facilities are good. The food is really good and the staff are lovely. All in all a fab day out
Fantastic train-themed attraction which is especially suited for children 6 and under. The scale of this place is perfect for small children with lots to do. The majority of rides are included in the entry price (unlimited trips on the train for example) with a few which require a coin. I am really surprised at some of the other nagative reviews on value. £8 entry for an adult doesn't buy very much these days and if people are expecting theme park scale and variety then they should expect to pay anything from 2x to 5x the price of this place. Some of the rides may be coin-operated but I haven't been asked for as little as 20p for an attraction since the late 90s so nothing to complain about! I thought it was perfect for train-mad little ones and all the better for being charming and a little eccentric. There is still plenty to fill at least a half-day as long as the children you are taking are not too old. Hope to go back!
Outdated look and feel. 4 rides you have to pay extra for after your £28 entry, one of which was broken. I felt like i had paid for entry to an arcade, several climbing frames (btw these are free in your local park). The staff could be heard complaining about kids being noisy (on a kids train really?). My wifes cornetto ice cream had melted and refrozen. When I complained the teenage shop assistant literally walked away from me mid sentence to get her supervisor. When I pointed this out...we were in 'am I bovvered' territory. Its really very very small. Some things are plain odd, the gnome village is like a bad trip in a garden centre. The soft play is more modern but so built up you cant see your kids once they're in. Go to Trago Mills, the train ride is better, as are the models and choices of rides and cafes with no entry cost.
Fantastic day out, perfect for little ones who are too small to enjoy the bigger attractions in the area and also older train buffs as full of scaled working models too, safe area, lovely cafe, and well thought out fenced play area so you can enjoy a cup of tea without the toddler panics. If you buy a season ticket it becomes incredibly good value to pop in for an hour here and there. Little ones never tire of the train rides and there are even picnic facilities half way round the track so you can get off and catch a train back. Not a gimmicky theme park just a good honest day out - have read other reviews, but everywhere has paid things as well - there is plenty to do without using any of these.
It was "OK" but I'm loathe to give it any more than 2 stars. The large entry fee gets you unlimited train rides, which gives the impression that there are lots of options, but it's really just 2 trains that take nearly identical routes and 10 minutes at most. Everything else feels like an attraction from the 80s. Adults get some button operated model train sets and a mediocre model village to look at, while the kids get some coin operated rides that have been thrown in at a budget (both in terms of space and money) and a train carriage with a ball pit, a sand pit, and a weird empty space with all of 3 plastic trikes. We would've gone on the mini golf course (which definitely doesn't qualify as crazy golf) but we weren't about to pay extra for the privilege. For a place that's been running for 17 years I'd have frankly expected a bit more for my money. Overall it's good to kill an hour if you have the money to burn and really love trains but otherwise avoid.
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