Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Company

Step back in time through a captivating heritage railway organization in North Devon, where the magic of steam trains comes alive, whisking you away on a nostalgic journey through amazing landscapes, perfect for both history buffs and railway enthusiasts.

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Company

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Company is an exciting place for history-enthusiasts to visit

Since opening in 1898, it has played an important role in the North Devon region by providing fast and safe transportation around the area

The Railway was originally closed in 1935 but since 2006, it has been lovingly restored to its original glory

Now, visitors can travel from Woody Bay Station to Killington Lane Halt aboard a real steam train with experienced volunteers driving the locomotive – a truly unique experience

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway was the first ever narrow-gauge railway to operate in Great Britain and its opening was considered one of the most significant events in rail history, so it is an excellent place to learn about railway heritage and explore a piece of living history


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Volunteer-run train service along a restored narrow-gauge railway through lush Exmoor countryside.

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Opening Hours:
Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Address: Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, Barnstaple EX31 4RA, UK

Becky Gray avatarBecky Gray
a month ago
I enjoyed the concept…but £8.50 is too expensive for the few minutes you are actually moving on the train. People were fantastic, and I understand all (or certainly most) are volunteers who are clearly passionate about the railway. You can book tickets online, but as it was a week day and not school I holidays, I took my chances and there was loads of availability. I would consider booking during holidays and weekends though. Wait time depends on train times, but the timetable is online and was accurate. The cafe, as with all the tourist places, is expensive for what it is and I decided to go elsewhere so can't comment on the quality.Overall, nice, but too expensive.
Jason Owen avatarJason Owen
3 months ago
We stopped here as we were passing and wanted to have a look.We turned up just in time to catch the last train of the day.It was a lovely little train ride for a couple of miles. Very scenic along the way!The staff were very friendly and helpful with our questions about the history of ten line and the plans for extension eventually.
Olivia Richards avatarOlivia Richards
a month ago
This is a must see!!! It was a great experience and good value for money! The receptionist was very kind, knowledgeable and patient with us as we were big group! Do look up the timings of the journeys before you leave as you could be waiting for 30 minutes or so. We didn't have time to visit the cafe but the scones smelt great! There is even a little model railway at the back. The gift shop is well stocked :))
sdbradford avatarsdbradford
a year ago
Super friendly staff and a cute but brief ride along the line. If we’d thought ahead a bit more we would have given ourselves 2-3 hours to walk to the nearest pub for a drink then return.The food in the cafe was very pleasant too.
Kelv 82 avatarKelv 82
2 months ago
Nice little railway, hope they keep raising the funds to extend as could do with being a longer trip. You can go up and down track as many times as you want with your cost of entry. Kids enjoyed it and scenery was fantastic. The staff on train were all very friendly and the driver let my kids in the engine to have a look around. Cream teas from the cafe were the best we had on our week in Devon.
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