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 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

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

St. Patrick’s Day ‘Shamrock Specials’

Sunday 17th March

Park your car at Inch Abbey station and take a train trip straight into the town’s street carnival and join in the commemorations of the Patron Saint of Ireland. Heritage steam and diesel trains operate throughout the afternoon.

The Easter Eggspress

Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd April

Have an Easter break with a difference. Take the train from Downpatrick to Inch Abbey, take part in a word hunt, get your face painted and meet the Easter Bunny. All children get a chocolate egg.

Read more about the Easter Eggspress here.

May Day & Bank Holiday Trains

Monday 6th May and Monday 27th 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.

Summer Sundays

Sunday 7th & 14th July

Sunday steam trains running for the early part of summer. 

Summer Running Season

Saturdays and Sundays from 20th July to 8th September.

Monday Bank Holiday 26th August

* Diesel trains will run on Sunday 25th 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 run at the end of summer – more details to follow.

Halloween Ghost Trains

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

Train 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!

Visit our Halloween page 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.

Tickets will go on sale during the summer!

Sign up to our mailing list here, and we’ll let you know as soon as tickets are available.

Visit our Lapland Express page here.

Mince Pie Specials/New Year trains

Saturday 28th December

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.