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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Woody Bay Station, Parracombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4RA, England
+44 1598 763487
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A must see

This is great to while away an hour or so. The journey is only about 15 mins, but the staff are so... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kimmy T
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Worth a visit for tea room alone

I like steam trains so for me this was a must. The car park is free, platform viewing is free. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
JeremyTennent
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Westgate-on-sea
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Owned and operated by an educational charity, Woody Bay is an original Lynton & Barnstaple Railway station, opened in 1898, and closed along with the rest of the line in 1935. What you see today, with one mile of track, is just the beginning of an exciting project to rebuild this unique, famous and picturesque narrow gauge railway. Woody Bay is the place to board our narrow gauge heritage train for a journey back in time. All trains run to Killington Lane Halt then return to Woody Bay. We have exciting plans to extend the line towards Caffyns, Wistlandpound - a total of some five miles - and beyond. Return Fares Adult: £7.50, Child (aged 5 -14): £3.00*, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £18. Senior Citizens (Over 65): £6.00. 1st Class Upgrade £3.00 Return (per person). *Children under 5 accompanied by fare-paying adults travel Free. Single Fares are also available. Access to the station, shop, toilets and parking is completely free, except at some special events.
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“first class” (24 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Woody Bay Station, Parracombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4RA, England
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+44 1598 763487
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is great to while away an hour or so. The journey is only about 15 mins, but the staff are so knowledgeable you can spend just as much time chatting to them! There is a great cafe with sun/rain shelter which is reasonably priced....More

Thank Kimmy T
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I like steam trains so for me this was a must. The car park is free, platform viewing is free. The train is only 1 mile each way but the ticket is for all day, ride as often as you like. This is a unique...More

Thank JeremyTennent
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spent the morning riding up and down on the steam train. Little station so lovely, so quaint. They are trying to extend the line so need support. Cafe there serves really good lunches and cakes. Had a cream tea. Best I’ve ever tasted. Had home...More

Thank _eveandjez
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This narrow gauge railway aspires to the greatness it had before closure in 1938. A mammoth project, buying land, buildings, and stations back from multiple owners, gaining planning permission to rebuild a railway. Building replica steam engine, buying back and rebuilding rolling stock, nothing seems...More

Thank MusicKettle
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first time we had visited , first we thought lets get a coffee . I wish we had not bothered the lady with Red hair had the most deplorable manners , we were going to give a donation , but decided against...More

Thank Barbera M
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Woody_Bay_Station, Manager at Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments regarding Woody Bay visit. We are sorry that you had a poor experience while visiting our tea rooms. The majority of our visitors leave fully satisfied with their experience, and we are particularly proud of the excellent reputation our tea...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to have a drive out to see the railway as in the area. Reviews were mixed but hey let's see for ourselves. Very hot day and had dog with us so was unsure about going on train. Took some photos of the train and...More

Thank Mark T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not the longest heritage railway but it takes you to the middle of nowhere where you can get off and walk to a pub. Trains are every 45 minutes. You can ride all day if you wish seeing the cows and sheep and magnificent scenery....More

Thank fatmanpauluk
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing ride on the train and the guards were so helpful to us. It was lovely for us and the children to see a piece of history. Sadly we decided to go into your tearooms and stood around for 15 minutes waiting...More

Thank madmayyo
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Woody_Bay_Station, Manager at Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit to Woody Bay. We are sorry that you had a poor experience while visiting our tea rooms. The vast majority of the visitors we welcome every year do leave fully satisfied with their experience, and we are particularly...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We paid 7-50 each for a 15 minute round trip and i really do feel it was a tad steep.I understand it requires funds to exist;however £4 would have been a fairer price.The steam train at Haworth was an excellent experience with a ticket price...More

Thank Tracy W
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Woody_Bay_Station, Manager at Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review of your recent visit to Woody Bay. We are sorry that you were disappointed by your visit. The facilities we offer - including the two-mile round trip - is explained on our website, flyers, at the ticket office/shop, or by...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A brilliant and what must be a labour of love for the volunteers this is a must. I really hope the plans for expansion happen. OK in real terms it's a mile ride one way which chuggs it way through some lovely countryside and views...More

Thank MarcandLauraB
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Chezzabellle
28 June 2016|
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Response from Woody_Bay_Station | Property representative |
RETURN FARES Adult- £7.50 Child (aged 5 -14) - £3.00* Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £18 Senior Citizens (Over 65) - £6.00 1st Class Upgrade £3.00 Return (per person) Single fares are al;so available... More
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fudge888
18 January 2016|
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Response from Woody_Bay_Station | Property representative |
Yes, we do welcome dogs to visit Woody Bay Station, and to travel on our trains. Please see our web page, "Dogs Travel Free", or follow the "Visitors" tab from our home page.
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