What to See and Do

Discover what there is to see and do at the South Devon Railway. From our stations at Buckfastleigh, Staverton and Totnes, and our line in between, we have plenty of activities for a full, fun, family day out.

Buckfastleigh Station

With the backdrop of Dartmoor and beautiful Devon hills, Buckfastleigh is our headquarters and where most people start their journey on our line.

You can explore our well-stocked Gift and Model shop, Museum and award gardens.

The station has easy access for wheelchairs, including ramps to access the trains, and reserved parking close to the platform.

There is plenty of free car parking and coach parking with a turning circle and close, level access to the platform.

Gift and Model Shop

Stocking a vast selection of Gifts (and not all railway related!) alongside a comprehensive range model of railway items.

Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies

Located adjacent to our car park, where you can see and learn about tropical butterflies and three species of otter.


Visit our museum and see various artefacts from the history of the South Devon Railway and the railways of Devon.

Buckfastleigh Station Gardens

Explore our award-winning gardens at Buckfastleigh Station with plenty of space for the children to play.

Children's Play Area

Located next to our Miniature Railway Station, you can sit back on one of our picnic benches while the children play.

Riverside Walk

Enjoy a walk alongside the river Dart. A haven for wildlife so be sure to keep an eye out and see what you can spot.

Staverton Station

Staverton is a delightful, unspoilt country station that has remained largely unchanged for 100 years.

It is typical small wayside station that served the nearby village as well as the adjoining mill and local farms, some of which used to produce Devon cider. If you have time, stop off here and take a walk and enjoy this tranquil spot and its 15th century river bridge

Riverside Walks

There are a number of delightful riverside walks. Ask our station staff for more details.

Staverton Buffet Coach

On selected days during the season, the Staverton Buffet Coach is open for a delicious selection of teas, coffees, drinks and snacks. It is also open on certain special event days.

Totnes Riverside Station

Our award winning station at Totnes Riverside was originally a green field, branch line trains having run into the main line station in GWR and British Railways days.

What you see today has been built up from buildings rescued from all over the West Country. For instance, the station building is from Toller Porcorum on the former GWR Bridport branch in Dorset, the canopy is from Axbridge station in Somerset and the signal box was at Cradley Heath in the West Midlands. The corrugated iron hut came from Bovey Tracey on the GWR Moretonhampstead branch in Devon and the small lamp hut came from about 20 yards away next to the site of the original Ashburton Junction signal box by the junction of our line and the main line.

From Mondays to Fridays, regular Bob The Bus ‘Hail & Ride’ buses link the main line station with the town. Check the website for times, see the posters or pick up a leaflet at our stations.

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

Come and stroke the owls, feed the red squirrels and meet the friendly hedgehogs at the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm.

Totnes Mainline Station

For nationwide connections on the national railway network, just a 5 to 10 minute walk from our station.

Totnes Castle

Why not visit Totnes Castle, a classic Norman motte and bailey castle with sweeping views across the town rooftops to the River Dart.