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

Adam Gray avatarAdam Gray
5 months ago
We had a great day! The restoration of the buildings, engines, carriages is top notch. 👌 The tea room was great lots of cakes pasties and drinks to choose from. Hopefully the line will continue to grow.
Anthony S avatarAnthony S
7 months ago
Lovely little railway experience with very friendly volunteers running it. It's a very short trip there and back but you get close up views of the engine as it backs up etc, and the driver was all too pleased to explain to the kids how he drives the train. If the weather is half decent, take the viewing carriage to make the experience even better. The cafe had a surprising selection of gluten free cakes which were delicious by any cake standard, and very reasonably priced.
Oliver avatarOliver
7 months ago
Delightful heritage railway with beautiful views over Exmoor to the coast. Beautifully restored steam locomotive and coaches. In contrast to another reviewer, the ticket price is very good value since it allows you unlimited rides all day. Cafe has decent choice of good quality food with pleasant outside seating areas (and indoors if the weather doesn't cooperate). The staff, most of whom are volunteers I understand, were all friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. Dog-friendly too. Wishing them all the best as they raise funds to extend and develop the railway further.
Gill P avatarGill P
6 months ago
We attended their Autumn Gala. They are very well organised. I was impressed. Good array of locos, food, things to see and buy, vintage vehicles, music. People were in costume. A great family day out. Small, narrow gauge railway in lovely scenery.
Patsy Weedon avatarPatsy Weedon
6 months ago
Lovely old steam train. Lovely views of rolling fields and animals. Journey very short for the money and was surprised to get off at the other end and told, stretch your legs before the return trip. Thought there were things to see and do before the return trip. Quite disappointed.
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