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Rail Enthusiasts in Mid Wales

Climb aboard one of our scenic railways and see Mid Wales from a different perspective. The Cambrian Coast line was named by the Guardian as one of the world's top ten epic train journeys.

We have historic narrow-gauge steam railways set in beautiful, unspoilt countryside. Our railways can get you from A to B and back again, but much more than that. They offer a step back in time to discover our industrial heritage and a great family day out. Many run special events and activities and provide a chance to climb into the cabs and get hands-on to see how things work.

You can even learn to drive a historic steam locomotive hauling your own private train.

Discover the many trains of Wales ...

Railways and Stations

Talyllyn Railway

Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway

Historic narrow-gauge steam railway set in beautiful, unspoilt Snowdonia. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

A narrow gauge train trip up the steepest gradients in Britain. Steam locos and coaches from around the world. Shops and picnic areas at both termini.

Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog)

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

The WHR (Porthmadog) is a small, friendly railway where the train ride is just part of the experience. Free guided tours at the sheds. Vintage train.

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Vale of Rheidol Railway

All aboard the Vale of Rheidol for an unforgettable journey through the beautiful Rheidol Valley by narrow gauge steam train. Sit back, relax and let us take you on a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery.

Bala Lake Railway

Bala Lake Railway

One of the Great Little Trains of Wales, the railway offers a delightful 9 mile return journey by narrow gauge steam train along the shores of Wales' largest natural lake.

Tanat Valley Light Railway

Tanat Valley Light Railway

he Tanat Valley Light Railway is a charity which owns the last remaining section of the Old Potts Railway near Oswestry and aims to preserve and restore this line. 2016 is the 150th anniversary of the construction of the Old Potts Railway.

Cambrian Heritage Railways at Oswestry

Cambrian Heritage Railways (Oswestry)

The headquarters of the Cambrian Heritage Railways are in Oswald Road at Oswestry, next door to the Cambrian Railways museum; a short section of line is in operation. Steam trains and vintage diesel loco.

Rhiw Valley Light Railway

Rhiw Valley Light Railway

The Rhiw Valley Light Railway is a private 15 inch gauge 0.75 mile long line that has a number of Open Days from May to October.

Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway Station

Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway Station

Blaenau Ffestiniog railway station is the terminus of the Conwy Valley Line from Llandudno Junction; most trains run from/to Llandudno. Trains connect with the North Wales Coast Line. It is also the terminus of the Ffestiniog Railway.

Fairbourne Railway

Fairbourne Railway

Narrow Gauge Steam Train journey offers superb views of Cadair Idris mountain range and Mawddach Estuary. G-Scale Railway and museum at Fairbourne. Four Steam Engines operate passenger services along the 12 ¼ inch Gauge track.

Cambrian Heritage Railways at Llynclys

Cambrian Heritage Railways (Llynclys)

The Cambrian Heritage Railways operate a 1200 metre section of line from a replica, period station at Llynclys South, to Pen-y-Garreg Lane, Pant. All passenger trains are heritage diesel multiple units.

Little Trains

The Great Little Trains of Wales are a very special way of seeing some fantastic scenery.

All are narrow gauge steam railways and some have a history spanning well over 100 years.

Discover the Great Little Trains of Wales

Rail Events

 
Canada Day

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Welshpool 01938 810441

 
 
 

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Oswestry 01691 728131

 
 
 
Railway Event

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Oswestry 01691 728131

 
 

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Transport & Railway Museums

The Signal Box Museum

The Signal Box Museum

The Signal House Museum is located on the Station Platform, Llandrindod Wells and is open for limited periods during the summer months. It is more than a hundred years old and contains many of the original furnishings and machinery.

National Cycle Collection

National Cycle Museum

Journey through the lanes of cycle history and see bicycles from 1819, such as the Hobby Horse, Boneshakers and Penny Farthings, up to the most modern Carbon Fibre machines of today.

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is an important collection of artifacts relating to Narrow Gauge Railways in the British Isles. From complete locomotives to tickets, it is a unique and comprehensive record of these fascinating railways.

Borth Station Museum

Borth Station Museum

Borth Station Museum is a new and fascinating community heritage centre, where you can wallow in nostalgia for the heydey of the railways and those happy holidays by the sea.

Scenic Railways

Arriva Trains

Climb aboard one of our scenic railways and see Wales from a different perspective.

The Cambrian Coastline has been named by the Guardian as one of the world’s top ten epic train journeys.

The 121 mile Heart of Wales Line from Shrewsbury to Swansea experience panoramic views and the impressive viaducts at Cynghordy and Knucklas are 2 of the 7 bridges crossed on a journey that also includes 6 tunnels.

 

Steam Train

If you're short of time, or simply welcome inspiration for places to visit and things to do, we've put together some suggested itineraries.

These include railway tours.

And plenty of places to stay ...

House in setting

Glan y Gro

Bala

Recently opened by new owners Robert & Ann, Glan Y Gro Bed & Breakfast (4*) is uniquely situated on the shore of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) and offers guests a place to find rest, peace and tranquility in totally beautiful surroundings.

Bed & Breakfast with 7 rooms, £65-£100 prpnb

Gwesty Cymru

Gwesty Cymru

Aberystwyth

Luxury Welsh hotel situated at the centre of Aberystwyth's promenade in Ceredigion. Inviting, fresh and stylish with 8 bedrooms featuring LCD televisions, wifi and Egyptian cotton linen. Seafront terraced restaurant serves local food.

Restaurant with Rooms with 8 rooms, £50-£165 prpnb

Dolforwyn Hall

Dolforwyn Hall

Newtown

Comfortable Country House style B&B overlooking the Severn Valley. All rooms en-suite. Timber framed licenced dining room, guest lounge, sun terrace, winter log fires, ample parking

Bed & Breakfast with 8 rooms, £40 pppnb

Glandwr Mill B&B

Glandwr Mill

Barmouth

Both rooms are 2nd floor & south facing, offering stunning views of the Mawddach Estuary & Cader Idris range. Glandwr Mill, an idyllic location, nestled away beside the Mawddach Estuary less than 2 miles from Barmouth

Guest House with 2 rooms, £44-£51 pppn, £60 pppnb

Cartref Guest House

Cartref Guest House

Aberdovey

Cartref is a stylish and comfortable guest House in the picturesque sea side village of Aberdovey. Our aim is to provide 4* comforts on a small scale for the visitor who wants restful, contemporary interiors while still enjoying the charm

Guest House with 5 rooms, £0-£115 prpnb

Cwm Irfon Lodge Holiday Cottages

Cwm Irfon Lodge Holiday Cottages

Llanwrtyd Wells

Four Cottages sleeping from 2 to 6 people in gardens and 3 acres woodland of Victorian Hunting Lodge. Light & airy with glorious views down valley, direct access to network of walking, riding and mountain biking paths. Fishing rights.

Self-catering with 4 units, £300-£600 pupw sleeps 1-6

Afon Rhaiadr Country House

Afon Rhaiadr Country House

Dolgellau

A warm welcome awaits at this Victorian House, set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens. Stylish decor, luxury bathrooms & rain showers, underfloor heating. River & waterfall in the garden. Seating areas to relax.

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £82-£1185 prpnb

Richmond Hotel

The Richmond

Aberystwyth

The Richmond boasts the prime seafront location on the main Aberystwyth Promenade overlooking Cardigan Bay and is at the heart of town. All room have ensuite facilities. The hotel has its own large private car park.

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £0-£105 prpnb

The Wynnstay Hotel

The Wynnstay

Machynlleth

"This one is different", said Martin Bright in The Observer. Friendly, quirky, charming, The restaurant appeals to gourmets and hungry locals and travellers. Open fires, log stoves. Excellent wines. Real ales. Please book via hotel website

Hotel with 20 rooms, £65-£115 pppnb

Rm 7 - Einion House Bed and Breakfast

Einion House

Fairbourne

Sea views - 4 star Georgian B&B, Southern Snowdonia, near Dolgellau opposite Barmouth. Beach 5mins walk from B & B, beautiful scenery, The Mawddach Trail, Wales Coastal Path, Blue Lake, & Sensational sunsets. Great Walks & Cycle trails.

Guest House with 5 rooms, £30-£42 pppnb

Dolgoch Holiday Homes

Dolgoch Holiday Homes

Tywyn

A group of 4 split-level homes built on the site of an old water mill. Minutes walk from the foot of Dolgoch Falls. Each is individually owned. Ideal location for walking, fishing, birdwatching, golf, steam-railways, water sports & beaches.

Self-catering with 4 units, £235-£895 pupw sleeps 1-8

The relaxing garden at Bodiwan B&B, Bala, Gwynedd

Bodiwan

Bala

Bodiwan is located in Bala a short walk from local shops, restaurants and the lake. This grade II listed historic building is run by Mark and Sarah as a modern, friendly, family bed and breakfast.

Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £65-£105 prpnb

Sitting Room

Granary Cottage

Llandrindod Wells

The perfect place to relax and unwind, Granary Cottage is cosy and well-equipped with panoramic views. The converted granary retains its character whilst providing modern facilities. Peaceful and quiet, surrounded by our own land.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £320-£570 pupw sleeps 1-4

Straw Cottage

The Straw Cottage

Llandrindod Wells

The Straw Cottage is far from the madding crowd. Enjoy the romance of a bygone era with 2016 comfort, no modern gadgets or electricity but lovely comfy beds, H & C shower, woodburning stove and nature on your doorstep. Wonderful walking.

Alternative Accommodation with 1 unit, £500-£790 pupw sleeps 4

Old Vicarage

The Old Vicarage, Corris

Machynlleth

The Old Vicarage, Corris was built 1875, has been completely renovated in the last year. It has 4 large bedrooms, a guest lounge offering first class accommodation and hospitality.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £120 prpnb

Dolanog B&B

Dolanog B&B

Welshpool

Set in the peaceful Welsh countryside in a place of outstanding natural beauty we are a fully licensed Bed & Breakfast with views overlooking acres of farm and woodland and a newly built trout pool for fly fishing

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £70-£90 prpnb

The Penrhos Arms

The Penrhos Arms

Machynlleth

A warm welcome is assured at this ivy clad former coaching inn, located in the heart of the village. Bedrooms have been sympathetically renovated to provide good standards of comfort and have the benefit of modern en-suite bathrooms.

Inn with 5 rooms, £150 pppnb, £450 prpn, £55-£110 prpnb

Living and Dining Area

Awel Môr

Aberystwyth

Awel Môr luxury apartments are stylish holiday homes on Aberystwyth Sea front. They combine the comfort of a hotel with the convenience of a private residence.

Self-catering with 3 units, £450-£900 pupw sleeps 1-6

Swan at Hay

The Swan at Hay

Hay-on-Wye

As a former coaching inn, The Swan at Hay is full of character, from the original Georgian windows overlooking the garden to the cobbled stable block.

Hotel with 17 rooms, £95-£200 pppnb, £105-£250 prpnb

Farmhouse

Brynarth Country Guest House

Aberystwyth

17th Century 8 acre property in the foothills of Cambrian Mountains, south of Aberystwyth, near the coast, The Ystwyth & Elan Valleys. Great birdwatching, walking, stunning scenery. Licensed Snug Bar.

Guest House with 8 rooms, £55-£150 prpnb

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