Free access to our carriage gallery and behind the scenes tours as well as paid-for steam train rides.


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This event is running on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September

Online ticket sales close at 6pm the night before – don’t worry, you can still buy tickets on arrival

We are running steam trains again on this weekend, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, as part of the European Heritage Open Days event. In the spirit of Northern Ireland-wide scheme there will be guided tours on request of the lesser seen parts of the railway site not normally accessible to the public, as well as the chance to sample the atmosphere of rail travel at its most traditional.

Access to the carriage gallery and workshop tours is FREE!

We also will be running free diesel cab rides on our south line – capacity is limited on these, so it’s first come first

What happens during my visit?

Trains depart Downpatrick station at: 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm and 4:00pm. Services will be using our unique vintage set of carriages, all of which are over 100 years old – and still wheelchair accessible!

Free guided tours of our workshop and main signal cabin are also being provided as part of the Heritage Weekend.

The steam train, stations and buffet train are all fully wheelchair accessible. Please see this page for more details.

Prices & tickets

Our normal summer fares apply for train travel, as shown below. The extra behind the scenes tours are FREE!

  • Adults: £9.50
  • Concessions: £8.50
  • Kids (aged 4+): £7.50
  • Kids under 4: FREE
  • Carers: FREE, for people who could not otherwise travel unassisted (please see our Carer’s Policy)
  • Family ticket (2 adults, up to 3 kids): £30.