South Devon Railway

Attractions in Buckfastleigh

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South Devon Railway


The South Devon Railway is one of Devon's and the West Country's best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west.

The South Devon Railway, or SDR, is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. We run steam trains with heritage rolling stock and offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.

Ride the South Devon Railway and, while you are with us, you can visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies: 3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day. Find us just off the A38 at Buckfastleigh, very close to the famous Buckfast Abbey, or by train to Totnes on the Great Western main line.

Buckfastleigh is around 22 miles from Exeter, 21 miles from Plymouth, 19 miles from Dartmouth and 13 miles from Paignton.


The United Kingdom is not only a great place for overseas visitors to visit, but an amazing place for its residents to explore! Whilst exploring the South West area for myself, particularly the South Devon area, I came across the South Devon Railway. Only a couple of weeks after visiting the West Somerset Railway I thought I had seen the best of what the South West had to offer in steam travel, then I stumbled across the SDR. Built in 1872, this railway is just as impressive as it was back then. Seven miles of pure glory is what I experienced as I was being transported through the South Devonshire countryside. I found every volunteer with which there are many, and every member of staff not only took their job seriously but really played the part. The South Devon Railway is a very slick operation and one I would visit again in a heartbeat!

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