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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.

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.

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.

Devil's Bridge Station

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Travelling on the Vale of Rheidol Railway is the finest way to explore the stunning Rheidol Valley. Opened in 1902, the railway has been delighting passengers young and old for over a century.

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

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 Guage Railway Museum

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is located at the Tywyn Wharf terminus of the Talyllyn Railway. It is an important collection of artifacts relating to Narrow Gauge Railways in the UK throughout the last 200 years.

Borth Station Museum

Borth Station Museum

Borth Station Museum is a hidden gem in the village of Borth, 7 miles from Aberystwyth. The Museum recreates the world of a GWR holiday railway station from 1922.

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 ...

Sunset at 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, £70-£175 prpnb

Preswylfa Guest House

Preswylfa Guest House

Tywyn

Family run guest house, within easy walking distance of all amenities. We have a luxury double, twin and single room. We also have a guest lounge. We serve a full Welsh breakfast.

Guest House with 3 rooms, £39-£115 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.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £45-£55 pppnb

Capel Cartref,

Capel Cartref

Ystradgynlais

Capel Cartref was formerly a chapel built in 1930. The lounge ceiling is vaulted, exposing the original beams of the chapel. Window sills, shutters, kitchen cornice etc have been hand-crafted by proprietor from the original pews.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £0-£1290 pupw sleeps 2-10

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, £440-£4760 pupw sleeps 5-16

Helygen & Eithinog

Tynrhelyg Holiday Cottages

Talybont

Two new barn conversions tastefully renovated to a very high standard throughout. Situated in a peaceful and picturesque valley. Convenient to the seaside and the Cambrian Mountains. Croeso Cynnes Cymreig yn aros amdanoch.

Self-catering with 2 units, £450-£760 pupw sleeps 1-6

Llechwedd Mawr

Llechwedd Mawr

Talybont

A splendid isolation personified.There are no neighbours.There is no Tarmac road to it (you have to drive on a well-surfaced gravel track and cross a ford to get there: a 4×4 or vehicle with good ground clearance is recommended

Self-catering with 1 unit, £1970 pupw sleeps 6

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-£110 prpnb

Trefeddian Hotel

Trefeddian Hotel

Aberdovey

Located half a mile from the picturesque harbour village of Aberdyfi, with panoramic views of Cardigan Bay. Relax in comfort and enjoy fine food complimented by friendly service. Lift & indoor swimming pool. Families of all ages welcome.

Country House Hotel with 59 rooms, £82-£200 pppn, £98-£125 pppnb

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 2-18

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

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, £105-£160 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, £46-£165 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

Lounge

Swn Yr Afon

Brecon

Swn yr Afon is not one of your commercial hotels (we did that for fifteen years before opening our latest home to guests). It’s somewhere that you can enjoy a home from home break “but” with all the comfort of a top hotel.

Guest Accommodation with 2 rooms, £70-£119 prpnb

Mellington Hall

Mellington Hall Hotel

Montgomery

Mellington Hall Country House Hotel is a Grade II Listed 19th Century house set in beautiful landscaped grounds with spectacular views in every direction.

Country House Hotel with 11 rooms, £145-£195 prpnb

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-£900 prpnb

Y Grange - Eirlys Room

Y Grange

Aberystwyth

Fabulous 5 star Bed & Breakfast just outside Aberystwyth. 3 Ensuite rooms available. Pets & Children Welcome. Jacuzzi available

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £90-£120 prpnb

Aber Cottage Guest House - Dolgellau

Aber Cottage Guesthouse

Dolgellau

Aber Cottage is a 250 year old listed building situated in the picturesque market town of Dolgellau, in the heart of Wales' beautiful Snowdonia National Park. The guest house offers quality en-suite accommodation with private parking.

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £80 prpnb

Isfryn Cottage

Isfryn Cottage

Machynlleth

Unique Victorian cottage adjoining our former chapel in the beautiful Dyfi Valley. Welcoming, homely, accommodation. Welcome pack, linens, bathrobes, wifi and utilities included. Short breaks available. Adults only, no pets.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £60-£95 pupn sleeps 2

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