|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£16.00 per ticket|
|Child 3-15 years||£9.00 per ticket|
|Dogs||£1.00 per ticket|
|Family||£45.00 per ticket|
|Senior Citizen||£15.00 per ticket|
Single fares and tickets to and from Staverton are also available.
Super value 3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day joint tickets for the railway, Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and/or Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies are available. You'll find full information at www.southdevonrailway.co.uk.
The multi-award-winning South Devon Railway is one of the West Country’s best-loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west. The line is a quintessential former Great Western Railway branch line and, in 2019, is celebrating the 50thanniversary of its opening as a preserved railway.
The South Devon Railway runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes Riverside, stopping halfway at Staverton and passing through glorious scenery, rich in wildlife. The steam trains offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and visitors of all ages.
As well as the steam train ride, there is loads to see and do at Buckfastleigh, with beautiful gardens, a riverside picnic area, museum, workshop and refreshment rooms, plus a great gift shop with a superb selection of souvenirs and model railway items. On certain days, the miniature railway and garden railway at Buckfastleigh are also running.
Buckfastleigh station, which is just off the A38, midway between Exeter and Plymouth, has plenty of free car parking. The SDR station at Totnes Riverside is a short walk from Totnes town and the main line station is some 500 yards away on foot.
Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies is next to Buckfastleigh station. Here, you can see tropical butterflies in their specially-designed rainforest habitat and meet threespecies of otter. Next to Totnes Riverside lies the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm with its wonderful collection of friendly animals to meet. Super value 3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day joint tickets for the railway, Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies and/or the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm are available from the railway’s booking offices.
- Santa by Steam
- South Devon Railway
- 3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day
- South Devon Railway
- Accept Children over 7
- Gift Shop
- Accessible to Wheelchair Users
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
- Facilities for the Disabled
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Please call us on +44 1364 644370 for details.
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant - Cafe, for approximately 100 people at Buckfastleigh.
- Picnic Site
Children & Infants
- Accept Children Over 3
- Facilities for children
- Available for wedding receptions
- Dog Friendly
- Dogs Accepted
- Free car parking
- On-site coach parking
- Picnic Area
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Approx length of visit - From an hour and a half's visit to a full day of varied entertainment.
- Film or TV location - The railway has featured in dozens of television programmes and films, from Comic Strip's 'Five Go Mad in Dorset' on Channel 4's opening night to the BBC's acclaimed Agatha Christie 'And Then There Were None'.
- In countryside - The line runs for seven miles along the wildlife-rich valley of the River Dart, through farmland and countryside, offering beautiful riverside views not seen from the road.
- Max group size - call for details
- No Smoking Attraction
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest - The railway was originally built to Isambard Kingdom Brunel's broad gauge in 1872. Many of the buildings at Buckfastleigh and Staverton date from that era. Originally, the line served Totnes main line station but, since reopening as a heritage railway, a new station has been built at Totnes Riverside with building rescued from all over the former Great Western Railway system. The station building, for instance, was originally at Toller on the Bridport branch, the canopy comes from Axbridge, the corrugated iron structure from Bovey Tracey and the signal box was at Cradley Heath. When built the line terminated at Ashburton, two miles north of Buckfastleigh. The line disappeared under the widened A38 in 1971 but Ashburton's station buildings still survive today.
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- Car parking
- Coach Parking - Coach parking is available at Buckfastleigh station. There is also a large turning circle and flat, step free access to the platform.
- On Bus Route - Buses serve Buckfastleigh station and Totnes main line station.
- On site parking - Parking is available at Buckfastleigh station where there is a large car park. There is no car parking at Totnes station. Totnes's car parks are in the town centre, a 20 minute or so walk to Totnes Riverside station.
- Parking (free) - Parking is available at Buckfastleigh station where there is a large car park. There is no car parking at Totnes station. Totnes's car parks are in the town centre, a 20 minute or so walk to Totnes Riverside station.
- All major credit cards accepted
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free
- Can be packages by 3rd parties
- Contactless payment accepted
- Delta accepted
- JCB accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Min group size - call for details
- Solo accepted
- Special group rates - Call us to discuss our group rates on +44 1364 644370.
- Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
- Visa accepted
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
Travel & Trade
- Group discounts available - Call us on +44 1364 644370 for our group rates.
- Groups Accepted - We welcome groups. Please call us on +44 1364 644370 to discuss your requirements. Familiarisation visits can be arranged and we offer joint tickets with a number of partner tourist attractions to provide whole day or longer packages with a single booking.
Map & Directions
Buckfastleigh station, where there is ample car parking is on the A38, midway between Exeter and Plymouth. It is easy to find; simply follow the brown tourist signs.
Public Transport Directions
Rail - Great Western Railway and Cross Country trains serve Totnes station. The SDR's station, Totnes Riverside, is accessed by a walk of around 500 metres from the main line station and is signposted.
Bus - Buses from all over south Devon stop at both Totnes main line station and adjacent to Buckfastleigh station.
|Open New Year|
|Open - Santa-by-Steam (14 Dec 2019 - 15 Dec 2019)|
|Open - Santa-by-Steam (18 Dec 2019 - 24 Dec 2019)|
|Open (26 Dec 2019)|
|Open - Mince Pie Specials (27 Dec 2019 - 1 Jan 2020)|
* Special timetables run at certain times of year. Santa-by-Steam trains run in December, with further trains over the new year period. See the website for more details.