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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.

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.

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.

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 ...

Capel Cartref

Capel Cartref

Swansea

Capel Cartref was formerly a chapel. 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-£1350 pupw sleeps 2-10

brook view

Valley View and Dingle Cottages

Welshpool

Beautifully restored, fully equipped farm cottages, furnished to a high standard. Panoramic views. Lovely walks. Washing machine and dryer facilities. Lawns to rear with own patio furniture.

Self-catering with 5 units, £400-£650 pupw sleeps 1-6

Tynllwyn House

Tynllwyn Farm

Welshpool

A beautiful view and warm welcome awaits you at our 19th century farmhouse. Log fires and comfortable rooms. We are close to Powis Castle and the Llanfair narrow gauge railway and the canal for boat trips.

Farmhouse with 5 rooms, £40 pppnb, £80-£85 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, £52-£158 prpnb

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, £79-£160 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-£685 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

Laura Ashley Room

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

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-£160 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, £49-£120 prpn

Elens Castle early evening

Elen's Castle Hotel

Dolwyddelan

Elen's Castle Hotel was once an 18th century coaching inn. Perfectly located, historical yet modernised hotel, peaceful, village setting away from the crush of tourists, excellent food and great bar with local gins, whiskeys and craft ale

Hotel with 8 rooms, £140-£251 prpn, £75-£166 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

Red Kite Cottage - Aberystwyth

Red Kite Cottage (Bwthyn Barcud Coch)

Aberystwyth

Renovated 12th Century Grange Farm barn close to Nant Yr Arian Visitor centre situated at the head of the Melindwr Valley with fabulous views and easy access for walking, bird watching and cycling.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £500-£1185 pupw sleeps 2-6

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

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

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. The Welsh speaking family offer a warm Welsh welcome amidst some of Wales' most beau

Farmhouse with 2 rooms, £75 prpnb

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

Ffynnon Fendigaid

Ffynnon Fendigaid

Cardigan

Ffynnon Fendigaid is an 18thC stone farmhouse set in 6 acres of grounds, just one mile off the main coast road and beaches. Comfortable and relaxing environment from which to explore the area. Seasonal: Easter until Mid September

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £80-£85 prpnb

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, £340-£390 pupw sleeps 1-4

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, £85-£165 prpnb

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