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Vale of Rheidol Railway

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Enjoying the ride on the Vale of Rheidol Railway
  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • WorldHost
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Steam Railway, next open Sat 25 - Sun 26 Mar 2017, £8-£23.50

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Address

Park Avenue,
Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion,
SY23 1PG

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 29 - Wed 31 May Driver for a Fiver
Wed 31 May Music on the Train with Rewired Music
Wed 31 May Summer Evening Excursions
Thu 1 Jun Driver for a Fiver
Mon 17 - Thu 20 Jul Driver for a Fiver
Mon 24 - Thu 27 Jul Driver for a Fiver

Details

From the coast at Aberystwyth, watch the scenery passing by your window. See the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields, ancient woodland and rugged mountain scenery as the line twists and turns, clinging to the hillside to reach Devil's Bridge - home of the famous Mynach Falls and Devil's Punchbowl.

Look out for birds of prey such as red kites and buzzards soaring high above the valley floor and listen to the sound of the narrow gauge steam engine working hard on the climb into the hills.

Opened in 1902, the railway is a masterpiece of engineering and has been delighting passengers young and old for generations. Although the line no longer carries lead ore from the mines it has been carrying holidaymakers to the beauty spot of Devil's Bridge for over a hundred years!

The railway is a registered charity, dedicated to preserving the railway for future generations to enjoy. Our historic coal fired steam locomotives and vintage carriages were built by the Great Western Railway in the 1920s and 30s and are now fully restored.

The 12 mile journey takes 1 hour in each direction. See timetables for departure times.

Passengers may upgrade to the the First Class Observation Saloon for a small charge.

Dogs are very welcome on the railway and can travel in all Third Class carriages. A dog rover ticket costs £3.00.

The railway can carry bicycles although owing to space limitations on certain popular trains, please contact us in advance so we can reserve space.

The railway offers advance bookings through its website, but there is also the option to purchase tickets from the Booking Office on the day of travel.

Rail Route: Aberystwyth - Devil's Bridge

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Devil's Bridge Station is a short walk from Devil's Bridge Waterfalls - operated as a separate attraction.

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Sat 25 - Sun 26 Mar 2017
Sat 1 Apr - Sun 5 Nov 2017 Mon - Sun
Sat 11 - Sun 12 Nov 2017
Sat 18 - Sun 19 Nov 2017
Sat 25 - Sun 26 Nov 2017
Sat 16 - Sun 17 Dec 2017
Wed 20 - Sat 23 Dec 2017
A full timetable can be found on the railway website or in printed brochures. Please aim to arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time in order to purchase tickets and board the train.

Prices

2017 fares
£23.50 Adult return (with Gift Aid)
£22 Senior return (with Gift Aid)
£10 Child (3 - 15) return (with Gift Aid)
£59 Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) (with Gift Aid)

For non-gift aid, prices are £22, £20, £9 and £53 respectively.

Dogs are welcome. The dog rover fare is £3 per hound. Bicycles can be conveyed for £5 subject to space being available. If you plan to bring a bicycle, it is advisable to telephone beforehand.


Location

Directions

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Map reference: SN 586812  Lat: 52.41114 Long: -4.07912

By Public Transport: The Vale of Rheidol Railway is located in the centre of Aberystwyth and is a short walk from the mainline railway and bus stations.

By Road: The Railway has a large car park off Park Avenue/Boulevard St Brieuc between the Park & Ride site and the Co-operative Supermarket. SAT NAV Postcode SY23 1PG.

Please note that if you start your journey at Devil's Bridge, car parking is adjacent to the station platform. SAT NAV: SY23 3JL

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Aberystwyth station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Devil's Bridge Station is a short walk from Devil's Bridge Waterfalls - operated as a separate attraction.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesChildren's menu

Notes

  • Trains The railway operates a fleet of historic railway carriages which were built for the line between 1923 and 1938. To access the carriages, there are two steps of 400mm between the platform and the carriage floor. Extra steps are available if required. The carriage doors are 580mm wide and internal gangways are 420mm and 520mm wide. We regret that these vintage carriages are not suitable for customers who need to remain in their wheelchairs.

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