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Downpatrick & County Down Railway
Carriage Gallery, Downpatrick & Co. Down Railway
Downpatrick & Co. Down Railway (courtesy Robert Gardiner)

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 part of the Belfast and County Down Railway, which ran to Newcastle, the old line was closed and abandoned nearly 60 years ago, the volunteer enthusiasts have laid nearly three miles of track to create Ireland’s only full-sized heritage railway.

Steam locomotives from the 1920s and 30s, or diesels from the 60s, convey their passengers in 50 to 100 year old carriages past rebuilt railway buildings and into the County Down countryside to the terminus at 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.

Trains run on weekends during the summer months with other special events at St. Patrick's Day, Easter, May Day, Halloween & Christmas.

Wheelchair access.

Euro accepted.

Opening times

St. Patrick's Day

The Easter Eggspress - Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday

May Day and Spring Bank Holidays

Weekends mid-June to mid-September

The Phantom Flyer - Halloween (end of October)

The Lapland Express - December weekends

Price list

Fares

£6 Adults

£4.50 Children (Under 3's go free)

£5.50 Concession

£18 Family (2A + 2C)

Fares for special events such as Hallowe'en, Christmas and Easter may vary.

Facilities

  • Family Discount
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • Parking Available
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Euro Accepted
  • Picnic Area
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

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Facilities

Facilities

  • Family Discount
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • Parking Available
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Euro Accepted
  • Picnic Area
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Dogs accepted by arrangement
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
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Downpatrick & County Down Railway

Address
The Railway Station, Market Street
Downpatrick
County Down
BT30 6LZ
Phone number
T: 07482186019
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