Our running days

Find out when we are running trains this year

All public trains for the the year are listed here, and run to a standard timetable between 1pm and 4pm unless otherwise indicated. Our carriage gallery, museum and model railway are open on most running days too.

Trains run to Inch Abbey only on most operating days, with the exception of some special event days.

Please note! Train times and other details are subject to change throughout the year. Please check this website closer to the date for up-to-date information before you travel to Downpatrick.

Sign up to our mailing list, and we’ll send you an email as soon as details for each event are confirmed, including advanced ticket sales!

More info: Ticket prices & timetable  |  Opening times  |  Online ticketing

2017 running days will be listed here soon

2017 Open Days Calendar

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Today's Date

Normal running day

Special running day

Museum & Gallery only

Diesel running day

Halloween Trains

Christmas trains

No colour = closed

Halloween Ghost Trains

Saturday 28th October
Sunday 29th October
Tuesday 31st October

4pm-7pm each night

Dare you travel out to the Haunted Graveyard where the Ghosts rise from the dead? And meet Merlin the Wizard on board his haunted Ghost Train! Children receive a present, if they can get past the Ghosts… Merlin likes the kids (and the parents) to be dressed up as scarily as they can!

Tickets are now on sale. See our special Halloween webpage for details.

The Lapland Express

Saturdays and Sundays for 4 weeks before Christmas

Our popular Santa’s Lapland Express trains are now advanced booking only. This year we are running on the following dates:

  • 25th and 26th November
  • 2nd and 3rd December
  • 9th and 10th December
  • 16th and 17th December

Meet Santa Claus on board his steam train and have a one-to-one meeting with him. Children’s entry is dependent on being good throughout the year.

Buy your tickets now – see our Santa webpage for details!

Mince Pie Specials/New Year trains

Saturday 30th December

Relax after the hubbub of Christmas and New Year with a Mince Pie and journey through the Co. Down countryside on a train hauled by a heritage diesel locomotive. A great day out for the family, and also a highlight  for any diesel fans out there.