Paddle Steamer Steam & Cruise

The 2019 Paddle Steamer Steam & Cruise runs on selected dates from 25th May to 30th September.


Full day excursion. Steam & Cruise is the perfect day out if you have children as it has ultimate flexibility - you decide what train and cruise to go on! This is the perfect day out for those that love all things steam. 

Travel on the steam railway from Paignton to Kingswear, then cross the River Dart on our foot passenger ferry to Dartmouth, where you board the paddle steamer Kingswear Castle for a circular River Cruise (approximately 1.25 hour duration) around the river and estuary. The cruise takes you to the mouth of the river passing Kingswear & Dartmouth Castles, Dittisham village, Britannia Royal Naval College and Greenway House – home to the late Dame Agatha Christie. The River Cruise departs and returns to Dartmouth, (where the foot passenger ferry drops you off).

Tell the children to keep their eyes peeled for the varied wildlife that can be seen – Dolphins, Seals, Herons, Egrets, Buzzards and Kingsfisher if you're quick enough! Pick up a colouring in sheet in our Visitor Centre at Kingswear station. Why not get the children to colour in the wildlife they spot.

On your return to Dartmouth there'll be time to look around, go shopping and have some lunch before going back to Kingswear for your return steam train ride to Paignton. Or if it suits, back to Kingswear for an earlier train to Paignton. All inclusive ticket.

  • All trips begin by train from Paignton if you are purchasing online. However, you can buy this ticket from intermediate stations on the day of travel.
  • At Kingswear board the foot passenger ferry to Dartmouth
  • Choose the harbour cruise from Dartmouth that suits you and your party
  • Back to Kingswear for the return journey to Paignton

Timetable image below. Click on the image to download the leaflet. Scroll down for our tour map.