In 2018 we are running trains to support the two major St Patrick’s Events – St Patrick’s Landing, and St Patrick’s Day itself.
Advance ticketing is available for these events – visit our secure online ticket office now to buy your tickets!
St Patrick’s Landing, Sunday, 11th March:
There is a host of interactive activities taking place at Inch Abbey from 12:30pm to 5pm, including boats on the Quoile (weather permitting).
You can arrive in style on one of our heritage diesel trains, as we are running services departing from our Downpatrick station from 12pm to 5pm. You can park in our free car park and the train will take you to Inch Abbey, where it is just a short walk from our station to the Abbey itself for all the festivities.
St Patrick’s Day, Saturday 17th March
The town is hosting the usual St Patrick’s Day parade, which starts around 3pm in the town centre. There’s a load of activities going on around the town as well, making it a great day out for everyone. We’ll be running steam and diesel trains throughout the afternoon, and our museum, carriage gallery and other attractions will be open as usual.
We will be running trains from Inch Abbey to Downpatrick from around 12pm, with the last return train departing from Downpatrick at 5pm. Inch Abbey can be a very useful park & ride facility to get you into the town without having to struggle with the road closures.
If you buy your tickets in advance you can choose which train to travel on up to 2pm, and return on any train you like. Advance tickets are only available for trains up to 2pm at Inch Abbey, after that you can purchase tickets on arrival at both Inch Abbey and Downpatrick stations.
Our standard fares will apply to both these days:
Children 4+: £5.00
Children under 4: Free
Family (2 adults + up to 3 kids): £20
As usual, you can take more than one train trip if you wish, and you are welcome to spend as long as you want exploring the railway, station and museum.