When we’re open in 2019

All public trains for 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 on most operating days, with the exception of some special event days that use our South Line towards Magnus Grave.

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.

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

2019 running days will be listed here soon!

2019 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 26th October
Sunday 27th October
Thursday 31st October

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!

Find out more and book tickets here >

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:

  • 30th November and 1st December
  • 7th and 8th December
  • 14th and 15th December
  • 21st and 22nd 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.

Find out more and book tickets here >

Mince Pie Specials/New Year trains

Date to be confirmed

Relax after the hubbub of Christmas and New Year with a Mince Pie and journey through the County 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.

Trains run to our standard timetable and standard fares are charged.