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Our railway is closed

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, we are closed to the public and all visitors for the rest of 2020. Sadly, this includes the popular Christmas and Halloween events. 

It is not possible to book any tickets at this time.

Please see our Covid-19 appeal page for more details.

 

Halloween Scream Trains

More details of this event will appear later in the year.

Tickets for this event are not on sale yet

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This event is running on Saturday 31st October & Sunday 1st November

Your questions answered

We’ve listed the common questions about our Halloween Scream Trains below. Just tap or click a heading to read the answer. Use our Contact Us page if your question isn’t covered here.

Is it very scary? How will my kids react?

Most kids find the graveyard display a bit scary but not overly so. You will know your own kids better than us, so you need to decide how they will react. The display consists of actors in costume, a flying witch display, smoke and lighting effects, characters coming to life and one of them emerges from a grave or coffin in the ground.

At the end of the piece, some or all of the characters make their way to the platform and you have the opportunity for photos and a bit of fun.

Merlin is less scary. The building where he is located will be decorated with various props and coloured lights. Merlin himself will adjust his act to the kids reactions and is quite friendly!

What happens when we arrive?

  1. When you arrive and get your tickets checked, we recommend that you visit the parts of the attraction in order:
  2. The face painter is located in the station building in a quiet corner, which will be sign posted.
  3. Make your way to the platform and await your steam train
  4. Board the steam train when any passengers get off
  5. Travel to the haunted graveyard
  6. Get off the train and enjoy the spooky display
  7. Board the train again for a trip back into Downpatrick
  8. Follow the signs and lights to visit Merlin

How long will the visit take?

The visit should take approximately 90 minutes to two hours.

I have a teenager who doesn’t want to get their face painted or a present from Merlin

Children not wishing to partake of the face painting and gift bags can pay the concessionary rate.

I have a very young child who doesn’t want a present. Do I need to pay?

No – infants or ‘babes in arms’ travel free of charge. They will probably have enough space for a seat in any case, but they may need to sit on your lap or be carried if it is a busy train.

Can I bring a pram or buggy?

Space is limited on our trains, and it is not possible to wheel a pram down the carriages of the train you travel on. There is an area for prams and wheelchairs on one of our carriages, but we can only carry a few prams at a time. Normally this is not a problem unless we get inundated, in which case you may have to leave the pram in a safe place at the station in Downpatrick.

What about wheelchair access?

All of the Halloween attractions can be accessed by wheelchair users. You will find level access into the station and along the platform, ramps to get you on and off trains, a dedicated wheelchair space on the train, and level access all the way to Merlin’s cavern.

The only area of the station not accessible to people with reduced mobility is the upstairs museum in the main station building.

Also see our Accessibility page for general access information.

Do I have to pre-book?

It’s not essential to pre-book for our Halloween trains, but we do recommend it if you can. It saves a bit of time when you arrive and you can be certain of getting a certain train and you can miss any queues.

Where can I board the train?

You can only board the train at our station in Downpatrick.
See this page for details of how to find our station.

I don’t have a printer, what do I do with my tickets?

Don’t worry. You don’t need to print your ticket out, though some people do find it handy.

You can just show us your ticket on your phone, or you can even write down the booking reference and bring it with you.

What if I miss my train?

If you miss your booked time, don’t worry. We will try our best to accommodate you on the next train. If you manage to miss the last train of the night, then we will either re-book you onto another date or refund your ticket in full.

Is it an outdoors event?

Yes, it’s outdoors – and it’s October in County Down, so wrap up warm just in case!