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Things to do in Torquay – South Devon Steam Railway

12 March 2022

Not technically in Torquay, but only within a short car, bus or train ride away, is the popular South Devon Steam Railway. The multi-award winning 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, celebrating over 50 years in preservation.

Great Western Railway Branch Line

The 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. FIND OUT MORE

Rare Breeds & Butterflies

Ride the South Devon Railway and, while you are with them you can visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm (re-opens 26th March 2022) and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies. READ OUR BLOG

Events at South Devon Railway

There are lots of events planned at the South Devon Steam Railway including 150th Anniversary Celebrations plus a garden party for the Platinum Jubilee. FIND OUT MORE

South Devon Steam Railway

Visitor information

Find them 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. FIND OUT MORE


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