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Llanuwchlyn Station,
Llanuwchlyn,
Bala,
Gwynedd,
LL23 7DD

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Details

Bala Lake Railway is a narrow-gauge railway journey through the glorious scenery of the Snowdonia National Park along the shore line of Wales' largest natural lake

Llanuwchllyn ('the village above the lake') is the headquarters of the Railway and regular trains link the village with the delightful market town of Bala.

Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake Railway) is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales. The 2ft gauge line offers a delightful 9 mile return journey along Llyn Tegid, through the beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. The little trains give excellent views of the lake amid its surrounding pastoral and woodland scenery, and of the nearby mountains, Arenig Fawr and Aran Benllyn.

The railway provides an ideal centrepiece for a day’s visit to Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). A round trip of 9 miles takes about I hour and can be broken at any of the stations to enjoy other activities - a pleasant 10 minutes walk into Bala town for shopping or merely browsing access to the lake shore at various intermediate points for swimming, fishing or simply lazing by the waterside; the shaded woodland nooks at Bryn Hynod are ideal for picnics, and there is a large picnic site by the beach at Llangower.

The journey offers extensive views of Llyn Tegid, its surrounding countryside as well as the Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy mountains. Keep a look out for the herons & buzzards that nest near the line – a perfect example of nature and machines living side by side. All trains start and finish there day at Llanuwchllyn station, where we have a cafe, locomotive sheds and heritage centre.

Please note, there are no toilets at Bala station. Public toilets are available at Llanuwchllyn and Llangower.

Rail Route: Llanuwchllyn - Bala

Duration: 1 hour return journey

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Gift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening details

See website for train times.

Prices

2020 Prices: Adult £12.00, Senior £11.00, Child 3 - 15 (unaccompanied) £6.00.
Family (1 Adult + 1 Child) £14.00, Family (2 + 2) £28.00, Additional child £3.00.
Under 3's free, Dogs £1.00 (Guide dogs free).
Special prices may apply to events.

Driver Experience Days: £550 includes up to three guests and must to be pre-booked

Address

Llanuwchlyn Station,
Llanuwchlyn,
Bala,
Gwynedd,
LL23 7DD

Location and nearby places

Directions

Plan route to Bala Lake Railway using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 882299  Lat: 52.85494 Long: -3.66180

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Llanuwchllyn station is just off the A494 at the South-Western end of Bala lake. Ample free car parking is available within the station site. Turning and parking facilities for pre-booked coach parties can also be provided.

Sat Nav users, please note the Google maps postcode does not lead to Llanuwchllyn station, please use LL23 7TW to get to Station Road or follow the B4403 through the village and look for the brown signs.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 23 miles from Barmouth station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • 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
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
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