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Rail Enthusiasts
Rail Enthusiasts

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.

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.

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.

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.

Corris Steam Railway & Museum

Corris Steam Railway & Museum

The Corris Railway is a narrow gauge (2 foot 3 inch) railway whose origins date back to the 1850's. The line was initially built as a horse-and-gravity worked tramroad to carry slate from the quarries of Corris Uchaf and Aberllefenni.

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.

Ffestiniog Railway

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

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.

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.

Teifi Valley Railway

Teifi Valley Railway

The Teifi Valley Railway was created from a branch line of the Great Western Railway which served the West Wales rural area.

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.

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.

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

Welshpool & Llanfair Light 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

Explore what our trains have to offer ...

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.

Narrow Guage 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.

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.

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 ...

Cambrian View

Bryncarnedd Cottages

Aberystwyth

Bryncarnedd Cottages are located 1 mile from Aberystwyth’s town center. Nestled in the immediate countryside at the top of Aberystwyth, these cottages enjoy the closeness to the town as well as being just far enough out to enjoy the country

Self-catering with 20 units, £350-£2800 pupw sleeps 2-10

Bryn Elltyd-Snow Scenery

Bryn Elltyd

Blaenau Ffestiniog

ECO....Bryn Elltyd is carbon neutral. All energy inputs from renewables, located in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park at the foot of the Moelwyn mountains, this is an ideal location to explore North Wales.

Guest House with 6 rooms, £45-£90 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

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, £65-£105 prpnb

Gwesty'r Conrah Hotel

Gwesty'r Conrah Hotel

Aberystwyth

Set in 18 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens and have one of the finest examples of a Ha Ha in the UK. Peaceful and relaxing accommodation and gardens await you - just 3 miles from Aberystwyth.

Country House Hotel with 17 rooms, £31-£145 prpnb

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 & Free Wifi

Serviced Apartments with 2 units, £75-£104 pupn sleeps 2

Llangoed Hall

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-£700 prpnb

Lounge Bar

The Wynnstay

Machynlleth

The Wynnstay Machynlleth is a charming old Coaching Inn. The restaurant appeals to gourmets, hungry locals and travellers. Open fires, log stoves, excellent wines and real ales. "This one is different", said Martin Bright in The Observer.

Hotel with 23 rooms, £65-£120 prpnb

Laura Ashley Room

The Elephant and Castle Hotel

Newtown

The Elephant & Castle has a long tradition of hospitality and our management team and staff extend a warm welcome to you. Enjoying a central position in Newtown, Powys.....

Hotel with 19 rooms, £60-£140 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, £49-£150 prpnb

Heated Indoor Pool

Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages

Cardigan

These delightful stone barn conversions offer you beautiful on-site indoor heated pool, sauna & gym. Croft is situated in unspoilt countryside a short drive from the tranquility of Poppit Sands & the Pembrokeshire National Park.

Self-catering with 10 units, £500-£3300 pupw sleeps 1-12

Penbontbren Farm Hotel

Penbontbren Boutique B&B

Cardigan

The definitive luxury bed and breakfast with home comforts and more. An Ideal base for a short break or long holiday near the West Wales coast.

Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £99-£160 prpnb

4 poster bedroom

Ffynnon Cadno

Aberystwyth

A warm welcome awaits you at Ffynnon Cadno. Located in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains close to Devils Bridge and Aberystwyth, a perfect place to explore Mid Wales. Red kites guaranteed & ideal for mountain biking at Nantyrarian.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £50-£65 prpnb

Rm 7 - Einion House Bed and Breakfast

Einion House

Fairbourne

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

Guest House with 5 rooms, £32-£44 pppnb

Cysgod Bach

Cysgod Y Coed

Bala

Caban y Saer is situated overlooking the river Hafesb. Cysgod Bach has a secluded south facing garden. Both properties are for two people and are equipped with everything you need for your break.

Self-catering with 2 units, £65-£90 pupn sleeps 1-2

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-£120 prpn

Llwyndu Farmhouse

Llwyndu Farmhouse

Barmouth

Llwyndu Farmhouse stands at the base of the Rhinog Mountains overlooking Cardigan Bay with stunning views over the Lleyn Peninsula and just a couple of miles north of Barmouth on the coast of Snowdonia. 2 Family, 4 Doubles, 1 Twin.

Guest Accommodation with 7 rooms, £110-£124 prpnb

Tynrhyd Retreat

Tynrhyd Retreat

Aberystwyth

Spectacular five star self catering accommodation with hot tub, on a private estate. Set in the Celtic Cambrian Mountains, Tynrhyd Retreat is country luxury with a soul.

Self-catering with 4 units, £532-£8281 pupw sleeps 5-16

The Coach House Brecon front exterior

The Coach House

Brecon

Coach houses were traditionally warm and welcoming places. This particular example is one of a new breed, offering contemporary townhouse accommodation. The Coach house is one of only 2% in the country that hold the five star GOLD award

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £74-£165 prpnb

Close up in Comfort

Old Radnor Barn Bed & Breakfast

Brecon

Family friendly Bed and breakfast accommodation with four bedrooms in a 16th century converted stone barn. A warm welsh welcome, with a quality service and excellent food.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £80-£9100 prpnb

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