Downpatrick & County Down Railway, Downpatrick

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The Downpatrick and County Down Railway is a 5 ft 3 in gauge heritage railway in County Down, Northern Ireland. It operates passenger trains with Irish steam and diesel locomotives and carriages on part of the former Belfast and County Down Railway mainline. Its four miles of track connect the town of Downpatrick with the local tourist attractions of Inch Abbey and King Magnus' Grave, as well as Downpatrick Loop platform.

The railway's Downpatrick terminus, located at the foot of Down Cathedral, contains an award-winning museum which houses a variety of railway artefacts. These range from restored locomotives and coaches to historic railway relics and buildings from across the whole island.

It is the only operational Irish standard gauge (5' 3") heritage railway in the whole of Ireland.

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  • Well run, very enjoyable Santa experience. Good present for kids. Kids enjoyed the hot chocolate after. Would definitely recommend.  more »
  • Remember when trains had style were spacious and rann on time, Well the Downpatrick and County Down Railway does just that with the added benefit of smoke and steam. We took a delightful trip to Inch....  more »
  • My 5 year old son and I went to the Superhero Day. Christopher loved riding on the steam train and getting his photo taken with Spider-Man,Spider Girl and Captain America 🤩 We even had Superhero training out at Inch Abbey to help the heroes stop Red Skull from taking over the train!! Loads of family fun and all of the staff are lovely,they are all volunteers who are doing a fabulous job 😀 We will definitely be back again!!
  • Very interesting and needs quite a bit of time to see everything. Basic cafe facility at Inch Abbey stop. Return ticket means you can ride as often you like that day.
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