Belfast & Northern Ireland

Downpatrick & Co. Down Railway

  Market St, Downpatrick, Co. Down      (+44) (0)28 4461 5779     more than a year ago
Relive the golden age of rail travel with an evocative steam train journey through the glorious Co. Down countryside. Local railway enthusiasts have laid over two miles of track along the abandoned Belfast and Co. Down Railway trackbed to create Ireland’s only full-sized heritage railway.

Steam locomotives from the 1920s and 30s, and diesels from the 60s, pull 50 to 100-year-old carriages from Downpatrick town centre across the River Quoile towards the 12th century remains of Inch Abbey.

Back at base, the Carriage Gallery, Ireland’s only dedicated carriage museum, tells the story of Northern Ireland's railways from the 19th century to today. Historic carriages, artefacts and artwork sit alongside audio-visuals explaining the history and heritage of this definitive railway era.

And, if all that nostalgia has you hooked, you can book a day's footplate experience and have a go at driving your very own steam engine. Or hire a steam or diesel train, or buffet carriage at the station, for a party with a difference.

Hop on-board at their town centre station beside Downpatrick's gleaming St. Patrick’s Centre. For more details on all trips, tel. (+44) (0)28 4461 5779 or visit

Hallowe'en Ghost Trains
October 26 & 27 from 2pm to 5pm and 31 from 6pm to 9pm

Meet Merlin the Magician on board his haunted Ghost Train as it travels out to the haunted graveyard! Children receive a present, if they can get past the Ghosts... Tickets: Child £8, Adult £6, U3 & Seniors £4.50.

The Lapland Express
Every Sat & Sun from 30 Nov - 22 Dec

Meet Santa Claus on board his steam train and have a one-to-one meeting with the man of the moment. Children's entry dependent on being good throughout the year! Plus Mince Pie Specials on New Year's Day. Check ahead for train times and ticket prices.


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Absolutely excellent place - well worth seeing.
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