Halloween Ghost Trains 2018
Visit the Haunted Graveyard and meet Merlin the Magician… if you dare!
Visit Downpatrick & County Down Railway this Halloween… if you are brave enough!
Kids get to visit the face painter on arrival to get themselves looking as scary as possible – then board the steam train to the wicked witch’s haunted graveyard where you get to see what is stirring in the dark. Then take the train back into Downpatrick and make your way to see Merlin in his spooky cavern, where all kids get a gift bag and you have a chance for photos.
- Adults: £8.50
- Children 4+: £8.50
- Children under 4: £8.00
- Concession (OAPs, students etc.): £7.50
- Carers: free
- Infants: free
Child tickets are listed as 4+ and under 4 years old. This is make sure they get age-appropriate gifts from Merlin.
Note: very young children who do not require a present from Merlin, and do not require a seat on the train are classified as ‘babes in arms’ and can travel free of charge.
We charge a 50p per ticket processing fee to pay our ticketing partner, Digitickets. We do not charge for credit card or debit card processing, and absorb that cost into the main fare, just as we do on all tickets throughout the year when sold from the ticket office.
Reduced prices are available if you are booking groups of 10 or more people – the discount is 10% on normal tickets, and is only available if you pay in full in advance, i.e. before you arrive at the station.
To do this, add the Group Adult or Group Child tickets instead of the regular adult & child tickets. You can only check out and purchase these if you add at least 10 group tickets to your order. It can be any combination of group adult, group child +4 and group child under 4, so long as it adds up to at least 10 tickets.
Dates and times
This year’s Halloween Scream Trains are running on the following dates:
Saturday 27th October
Sunday 28th October
Wednesday 31st October
Trains depart from Downpatrick from 5pm-8pm each day.
Please check the online ticket office for times. Doors will open generally at 4:30pm and close after 8:30pm, but you will be booking for travel on a specific train and should try to arrive 10-30 minutes before your train.
If you’d rather book over the phone:
Call 028 4461 5779, 9:30am-12:30pm Monday-Friday.
On the day
Please arrive in good time for your train – allow at least half an hour in case there’s queues. You may not be able to get on an earlier train with your ticket, so please be patient! (We will always try our best to accommodate you if you arrive too early or miss your train).
Make sure you have your eTicket or reference number with you, either on paper or on your mobile phone.
Your questions answered
We’ve listed the common questions about our Halloween Scream Trains below. Just tap or click a heading to read the answer. Use our Contact Us page if your question isn’t covered here.
Is it very scary? How will my kids react?
At the end of the piece, some or all of the characters make their way to the platform and you have the opportunity for photos and a bit of fun.
Merlin is less scary! The building where he is located will be decorated with various props and coloured lights. Merlin himself will adjust his act to the kids reactions and is quite non-scary!
What happens when we arrive?
When you arrive and get your tickets checked, we recommend that you visit the parts of the attraction in order:
- The face painter is located in the station building in a quiet corner, which will be sign posted.
- Make your way to the platform and await your steam train
- Board the steam train when any passengers get off
- Travel to the haunted graveyard
- Get off the train and enjoy the spooky display
- Board the train again for a trip back into Downpatrick
- Follow the signs and lights to visit Merlin
How long will the visit take?
I have a teenage son/daughter who doesn't want to get their face painted or a present from Merlin
I have a very young child who doesn't want a present. Do I need to pay?
Can I bring a pram or buggy?
What about wheelchair access?
The only area of the station not accessible to people with reduced mobility is the upstairs museum in the main station building.
Do I have to pre-book?
What is the 50p ticket charge for?
We do not charge for credit cards or debit cards online, or if you use them in person at our railway. The cost of the card transaction is absorbed into the ticket price.
Where can I board the train?
I don't have a printer, what do I do with my tickets?
You can just show us your ticket on your phone, or you can even write down the booking reference and bring it with you.