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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

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.

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.

Ffestiniog Railway

Ffestiniog Railway

The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the world, established in 1832.

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.

Brecon Mountain Railway

Brecon Mountain Railway

Travel in an all-weather observation coach behind a vintage Steam Locomotive through beautiful scenery into the Brecon Beacons National Park along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir to Torpantau, high in the Brecon Beacons.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 and heritage diesel multiple units.

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.

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.

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.

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

1980s Weekend

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Apr 2017

Tywyn 01654 710472

 
 
 
Quirks & Curiosities II

Fri 28 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017

Porthmadog 01766 516024

 
 
 
 

Explore what our trains have to offer ...

Transport & Railway Museums

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.

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.

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 ...

Dolffanog Fach

Dolffanog Fach

Tywyn

Situated at the heart of Snowdonia, Dolffanog Fach nestles by the side of Talyllyn lake and at the foot of the awe inspiring mountain of Cadair Idris. A welcoming and restful retreat, away from the strains of everyday life.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £80-£110 prpnb

Ty Derw

Ty Derw

Dinas-Mawddwy

Ty Derw is a charming Victorian stone built house in a picturesque setting in the Dovey Valley about 12 miles from Machynlleth and Dolgellau. The four guest rooms have been refurbished to a very high standard. Ample parking.

Bed & Breakfast with 4 rooms, £45-£55 pppnb

The Old School

The Old School

Welshpool

Victorian school in beautiful rural setting adjacent to Glyndwr's Way. Large ensuite rooms. Hearty breakfast and home cooked evening meals. Ten minutes from Welshpool and the historic Powis Castle.

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £75 prpnb

Tan y Graig

Tan y Graig

Welshpool

Tan y Graig is a family run establishment presenting a warm welcome to guests. Situated in the beautiful Vyrnwy valley 1 mile from the village of Meifod and 10 minutes from the market town of Welshpool. Castles, lakes, walking & adventure.

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £38 pppnb

Hendy Farm Cottages

Hendy Farm Cottages

Tywyn

A warm welcome awaits you at Hendy, situated in the Snowdonia National Park. Enjoy Self Catering accommodation on a working farm with the privilege of its own halt on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway.

Self-catering with 5 units, £210-£775 pupw sleeps 1-6

Entrance

Penygelli Apartments

Newtown

1 Mile from Newtown town centre. Dog friendly accommodation with an 8 acre field for walking, Great for small groups (up to 4) or couples looking to get away. Barbeque, Fire Pit, Wifi, Full Sky Package, Kitchen, Ample Parking

Serviced Apartments with 2 units, £60-£100 pupn sleeps 2

Troedyrhiw Holiday Cottages

Troedyrhiw Holiday Cottages

Cardigan

Troedyrhiw Holiday Cottages are situated in south west Wales approximately 5 miles north of Cardigan. The cottages are part of a 13 acre smallholding nestling in a picturesque wooded valley of the Nant Arberth.

Self-catering with 5 units, £0-£1750 pupw sleeps 2-8

Hot Tub and Heated Gazebo

Gwynfan

Llandrindod Wells

Boasting panoramic views this very spacious well appointed single storey property enjoys a secluded rural setting on a working farm. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedroom. Sumptuous leather reclining sofas in large lounge. Hot tub and pets welcome

Self-catering with 1 unit, £100-£750 pupw sleeps 2-6

Beautiful Room with Panoramic sea views

Gwesty Ael y Bryn Hotel

Dyffryn Ardudwy

A beautiful small Hotel with a fine dining and standard restaurant snug, bar and conservatory. There are 7 en-suite rooms, 4 with front sea views.. There is also a chalet to the rear which is perfect for families and less able people.

Guest House with 8 rooms, £90 prpn, £55-£110 prpnb

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

View over Dyfi Valley from bedroom balcony

Plas Dolguog Hotel

Machynlleth

Secluded Country House set in mature grounds, bounded by the River Dulas, overlooking the Dyfi Valley and Snowdonia National Park. Comfortable rooms with ground floor & family rooms available. Superb traditional and vegetarian cuisine

Country House Hotel with 13 rooms, £55-£120 pppnb, £75-£130 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, £60-£165 prpnb

Yr Hen Felin

Yr Hen Felin / The Old Mill

Machynlleth

Converted woollen mill on the Glyndwr Way with En suite rooms. Our riverside walk runs past the vegetable garden, orchard, honey bees, and chickens.

Guest House with 3 rooms, £60-£70 prpnb

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, £89-£525 prpnb

Guest Bedroom

Llangoed Hall

Brecon

Llangoed Hall Hotel is set within 17 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. It is the 'home from home' that you would expect from your 'best friend's Country House'.

Country House Hotel with 25 rooms, £99-£1750 prpnb

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

Tyddyn Mawr

Tyddyn Mawr

Dolgellau

This carefully restored & extended 18th Century farmhouse lies at the foot of Cader Idris mountain amongst breathtaking scenery. All bedrooms en-suite with superb mountain views.

Farmhouse with 2 rooms, £86 prpnb

Maes Y Mor - Double

Maes y Mor

Aberystwyth

Maes y Mor hostel is situated 80 metres from Aberystwyth beach and 500 metres from the bus and train station and offers superior accommodation at budget prices. Launderette facilities. Lock up shed for bicycles. A warm Welsh welcome !

Hostel with 9 bedspaces, £48-£100 prpn

Wyevale

Wyevale

Builth Wells

Attractive character bungalow set in large secluded garden. Easy walking distance to Builth town, the Showground & spectacular riverside strolls. Birdwatching, walking, pony-trekking, fishing, golf available nearby. Children & pets welcome.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £290-£380 pupw sleeps 1-4

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Aberdovey

Tyddyn Rhys commands a privileged position half a mile above the village of Aberdovey with a panoramic view overlooking the Dovey Estuary and Cardigan Bay.

Individual Caravan with 1 unit, £320 pupw sleeps 4

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