Enjoy a relaxing journey, travelling in one of our comfortable 1950s carriages to Inch Abbey by vintage diesel train and then board our buffet carriage to enjoy a mouthwatering selection of freshly handmade sandwiches, luxury homemade scones with jam & cream and some special Christmas treats. To drink there is a choice of luxury teas and coffees, quality soft drink, and something alcoholic for the 18+ non-drivers in your group.

We’re running this in association with Mange Tout, well-known in Downpatrick for their high quality food for events and also artisan markets and food providers.

This event starts at 1:45pm on Sunday 29th December


We haven’t confirmed a date for our next Afternoon Teas event.

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You can still join us on Sunday 29th December to travel on the diesel trains and visit the museum, gallery and other parts of our railway.

What happens during my visit?

Your train departs from Downpatrick station at 1:45pm, so you will have some time before that to look around the station, museum and carriage gallery if you wish.

Travel on our train with 1950s vintage carriages to Inch Abbey Station. You will get off the train and be directed to your reserved table(s) in our buffet train, where you will be served with your food and drinks. Our volunteers are on hand to look after you.

Toilet facilities are available at our Inch Abbey station but these are not accessible. Full accessible toilets are available at our Downpatrick station.Your Christmas Afternoon Tea will consist of:

  • A selection of sandwiches:
    • Turkey and stuffing
    • Gammon
    • Brie and Cranberry
    • Smoked Salmon and Horse Radish
  • Cream Scone
  • Mini Mince pies
  • Mini Christmas Pudding
  • Chocolate/Orange Brownie


If you or anyone in your party uses a wheelchair, please contact us for advice before you book. Our buffet train in use at Christmas is not accessible for wheelchairs.


Prices & tickets

Tickets are £35 per adult for tables of two, and £30 per adult for tables of three or four. This includes the train journey, and access to the museum, carriage gallery and other areas of the railway. If you have any specific dietary requirements, then please contact us before making your booking so we can make arrangements.

Children can be added at £15 each.

You can buy tables for:

  • Two adults
  • Three adults
  • Four adults
  • Two adults + 1 child
  • Two adults + 2 children

If you and friends or family are making separate bookings but wish to sit together – that’s fine, but please contact us so we can reserve you adjacent tables.

You will always get your own table allocated, you never have to share with anyone from another party.

Places are limited and pre-booking is required. Please call 028 4461 5779 Monday to Friday 0930-1330 to book your seats, or buy tickets online.