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Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

Steam Railway, next open Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct 2016, £3.50-£12.80


The Station,
Llanfair Caereinion,
SY21 0SF

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec Santa Special Trains
Sat 17 - Mon 19 Dec Santa Special Trains


16 mile return journey by narrow gauge steam train through beautiful Mid Wales countryside.

Opened in 1903 to link the market town of Welshpool to the rural community of Llanfair Caereinion, this 2 foot 6 inch narrow gauge steam railway now provides a tourist service for all the family and a welcome change from the rush of everyday life. Built as a Light Railway to avoid some of the costs of railway construction, the narrow gauge allows for tight curves and steep gradients, enabling the line to follow the contours of the countryside. Most of our trains are steam hauled, either by one of our unique original locomotives or one from abroad. The carriages too are special; those in regular use being from Hungary and Austria with access to the enclosed seating area via an open balcony - a great way to watch the world go by.

Your journey begins on the edge of the historic market town of Welshpool. Right from the start it is all action as the train battles up the notoriously steep Golfa Bank accompanied by the sound of the locomotive echoing off the hills.

From the open balconies of our unique Hungarian and Austrian coaches you will see the beautiful mid Wales countryside roll slowly by as you travel into the delightful Banwy Valley.

Your train will be hauled by either one of our historic steam locomotives which include 'The Earl' and 'The Countess' supplied new to the railway in 1902 or one of our other operational steam locomotives were built for use in Sierra Leone and Romania.

As your journey unfolds through this picturesque part of Wales you may well see deer, hawks and even otters. As you approach your journey's end the train travels along the River Banwy into Llanfair Caereinion. Here you can visit our shop, have a snack in the Tea Room or chat to our friendly staff who are happy to answer any questions. Or you may just want to take a leisurely stroll by the river.

Please note that the Raven Square Station, Welshpool is closed during the winter.

Rail Route: Llanfair Caereinion - Welshpool

Facilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshments

Children welcome

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct 2016
Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016
Sat 17 - Mon 19 Dec 2016


Day Rover Tickets:
Adult £12.80 (online £12.00)
Senior Citizens £11.80 (online £11.00)
Accompanied Children (Aged 3 to 15) £4.00 (online £3.50)
Children Under 3 Free
Dogs £3.00 (0nline £2.50)

Note: Different fares may apply at Special Events.
One-way Fares and Group Reductions (10 Adults or more booked in advance) are available.



Plan route to Welshpool and Llanfair Railway using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 105067  Lat: 52.65061 Long: -3.32438

By Rail - The Welshpool Raven Square Station is approx. 1 mile from the mainline (Shrewsbury - Machynlleth - Aberystwyth) station. Passengers arriving by rail should head towards the center of town and continue straight ahead at the crossroads. Beyond here the road begins to climb before dropping back down to the roundabout at Raven Square.

By Road - Both the main stations are located adjacent to the A458 main road. Welshpool Raven Square station (Postcode is SY21 7LT) is at the west end of the town (follow the brown signs or A458 Machynlleth / Dolgellau).

Llanfair Caereinion station (Postcode SY21 0SF) is at the east end of the town. Coming in from the east (Welshpool end) on the A45, the station is first on the left immediately after the 30mph speed restriction starts. From the west continue on the A458 and follow the brown signs.

There is plenty of free parking at both Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion stations. Please note that there are no car parks at the intermediate stations.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Welshpool station


  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
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