Our running days

2018 running days will be listed here soon!

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 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.

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

2018 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

May Day & Bank Holiday Trains

Monday 7th May and Monday 28th May

If you’re at a loose end on a Bank Holiday Monday, then a visit to our heritage railway is the perfect way to pass the afternoon.

DownTime Festival

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June

We’re running steam trains this weekend as part of the new ‘DownTime’ Festival of Racing, Culture and Music, bringing together tourist attractions from across the Downpatrick area for two days of early summer fun and games. More details will follow soon.

See the DownTime website here!

Summer Sundays

Sunday 1st & 8th July

Sunday steam trains running for the early part of summer. 

Summer Running Season

Saturdays and Sundays from 14th July to 9th September.

Monday Bank Holiday 27th August

* Diesel trains will run on Sunday 26th August. *

Enjoy a nostalgic trip into the past each Saturday and Sunday through the summer. As well as your train ride and visit to our other attractions, you can walk to Inch Abbey and on special event days you can meet the monk who guards the legacy of the abbey.

European Heritage Open Days event will run on 8th & 9th September – more details to follow.

Halloween Ghost Trains

Saturday 27th October
Sunday 28th October
Wednesday 31st October

Times to be confirmed

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!

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:

  • 1st and 2nd December
  • 8th and 9th December
  • 15th and 16th December
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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.

Mince Pie Specials/New Year trains

Saturday 29th 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.

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