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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

A delightful ride through the glorious scenery of the Snowdonia National Park along the shore line of Wales' largest natural lake.

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 (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 (Oswestry)

The headquarters of the Cambrian Heritage Railways can be found in Oswald Road at Oswestry, next door to the Cambrian Railways museum; a short section of line is in operation here.

Corris Steam Railway & Museum

In the Heart of the Land of the Little Trains, The Corris Railway is a narrow gauge (2 foot 3 inch) railway whose origins date back to the 1850's.

Fairbourne Railway

A stunning train journey alongside the most beautiful shoreline with a view of the countryside in the background. Fairbourne Railway extends two miles between Fairbourne Village and Barmouth Ferry railway, Mid Wales.

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

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

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.

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.

Teifi Valley Railway

The Teifi Valley Railway is a 2 foot narrow gauge railway created from a branch line of the Great Western Railway which served the West Wales rural area.

Vale of Rheidol Railway

All aboard for an unforgettable 12 mile journey from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge travelling up 700ft through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery on a historic narrow-gauge steam railway.

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway is a small, friendly railway where the train ride is just part of the experience. Free guided tours at the heritage centre. Vintage train.

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 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

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 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.

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.

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 ...

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 prpn

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, £52-£165 prpnb

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, £480-£3800 pupw sleeps 2-18

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

Aber Accommodation - Seafront Apartments

Aberystwyth

Aber accommodation offer boutique self catered apartments located on the seafront of Aberystwyth in Wales. With a view of the ocean and less than 5 minutes walk to the Town centre and train station.

Self-catering with 5 units, £110-£180 pupn sleeps 2

Maes Bach

Aberystwyth

Luxury 4*, 4 bed Boutique style house. Communal Kitchen and Lounge available. Private Parking. 5 minutes away from Town Centre and Train Station

Self-catering with 1 unit, £225-£250 pupn sleeps 1-7

Cyfie Farm

Lake Vyrnwy

Minutes from fairytale Lake Vyrnwy, Cyfie Farm offers excellent five star self-catering accommodation in four luxury cottages. With spectacular views overlooking the Vyrnwy Valley

Self-catering with 4 units, £235-£750 pupw sleeps 2-4

Myrddin

Aberystwyth

A spacious town house situated in a quiet cul-de-sac by the MARINA and SOUTH PROMENADE - sleeping 11. Less than a minute's walk to the beach.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £900-£1720 pupw sleeps 8-11

Blue Grass Cottages

Aberystwyth

Set in the heart of Cardigan Bay, Blue Grass Cottages are situated in the hamlet of Chancery just a short drive form Aberystwyth. Tranquil and relaxing surroundings where you can unwind and enjoy the countryside. Spectacular views.

Self-catering with 3 units, £57-£294 pupn sleeps 1-5

Gogarth Hall Farm Holidays

Aberdovey

4 Self-catering cottages on a working farm between Machynlleth & Aberdyfi. Gogarth Hall Farm and its tranquillity offers Barn Owls, Bats and Kites a safe haven, thus the farm has won the Countryside Caretakers Award for conservation.

Self-catering with 5 units, £150-£645 pupw sleeps 4-6

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-£795 pupw sleeps 1-6

Aeron View Touring & Camping Park

Aberystwyth

Aeron View Camping and Touring Park is surrounded by beautiful scenery nestled in the heart of the Aeron Valley, within easy reach reach of the Cardigan Bay coast and just 12 miles from the historic market town of Aberystwyth.

Touring & Camping Park with 69 pitches, £12-£28 ptpn

Static Caravans @ Aeron View Camping

Aberystwyth

Aeron View Holiday, Camping and Touring Park is surrounded by beautiful scenery nestled in the heart of the Aeron Valley, within easy reach reach of the Cardigan Bay coast and just 12 miles from the historic market town of Aberystwyth.

Self-catering with 3 units, £50 pupn sleeps 4-8

Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages

Cardigan

Award winning family friendly cottages with luxury onsite indoor heated pool, sauna & gym. Enjoy private hot tubs and log burners. Situated in unspoilt countryside close to Cardigan Bay & Pembrokeshire National Park. Dog friendly.

Self-catering with 10 units, £410-£4615 pupw sleeps 1-12

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-£165 prpnb

Pen-Y-Bont Hotel

Tywyn

A 16th Century Coaching Inn with spectacular views across Talyllyn Lake, near Cader Idris. Enjoy the Lakeside Beer Garden and Log fires in the Bar and Restaurant. We are waiting to welcome you to our little piece of Heaven on Earth!

Inn with 5 rooms, £90-£165 prpnb

Garden Cottage @ Torrent Walk

Dolgellau

Dog Friendly Self-Catering Cottage - Sleeping 5 in 3 rooms with beautiful views over Cader Idris, Snowdonia. Real log fire and Wifi available. Great for couples, short breaks, family escapes and walking holidays.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £510-£690 pupw sleeps 2-5

The Elephant and Castle Hotel

Newtown

The Elephant & Castle Hotel on the banks of the River Severn, is ideally located in the centre of Newtown. An 18th century Mid Wales coaching inn - the perfect base for both leisure or business traveller.

Hotel with 19 rooms, £60-£140 prpnb

Trenewydd Farm Holiday Cottages

Cardigan

Relax by our outdoor heated pool and hot tub spas after walking the coastal path, playing on the many local beaches or watching dolphins in Cardigan Bay - a typical day at Trenewydd!

Self-catering with 6 units, £565-£1470 pupw sleeps 2-9

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, £260-£555 pupw sleeps 1-8

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