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Downpatrick & County Down Railway

The Railway Station, Market Street, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 6LZ
Downpatrick & County Down Railway

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Travel back to the past with real vintage steam trains to Inch Abbey and King Magnus' Grave, on Ireland's only full-sized heritage railway.

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 to the peaceful ruins of Inch Abbey. 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".

Built on the trackbed of the Belfast and County Down Railway, which ran to Newcastle and was closed in the 1950s, volunteers have laid nearly three miles of track to create Ireland’s only full-sized heritage railway.

Steam locomotives from the 1930s or diesels from the 1960s convey their passengers in vintage carriages, past rebuilt railway buildings and into the County Down countryside to Inch Abbey, crossing the River Quoile on its way to the peaceful remains of the 12th Century monastery.

At Downpatrick Station, a modern visitor centre, the 'Carriage Gallery', tells the story of the development of railways in Ireland from the 19th century to today, and boasts six vintage passenger carriages - some of same type that starred in the 1952 John Wayne classic 'The Quiet Man' - the second oldest surviving steam locomotive in Ireland, one 1980s prototype Railbus and four goods wagons, including the former Belfast & County Down Railway's "Royal Saloon", which carried the future Kings George V and VI, as well as King Edward VII and their consorts.

The station houses an exhibition of railway memorabilia, and there is a model railway on the ground floor for children. Refreshments are served in an 1950s buffet carriage. You can also visit our restored signal cabin from Bundoran Junction.

Trains run on weekends during the summer with other special events at St. Patrick's Day, Easter, May Day, Halloween & Christmas. Please check our website for details.

Wheelchair access.
Euro accepted.

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Gift Shop
  • Guided Tours Available

Catering

  • Picnic Area
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Euros accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Dogs accepted by arrangement

Travel & Trade

  • Family Discount

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Opening Times

* 12:30 - 17:00
Please check full list of opening days and train times on website

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