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

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey Railway Station

Aberdyfi has a station on the Cambrian Coast Line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli and also at Penhelig at the east end of the village.

Aberystwyth Railway Station

The railway station is the terminus of the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury. Located less than 5 minutes from the town centre, there is a taxi rank and bus station adjacent.

Bala Lake Railway

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

Barmouth Railway Station

Barmouth/Abermaw railway station is on the Cambrian Coast Line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli and is located by a level crossing just off the A496 which runs through the town.

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.

Borth Railway Station

Borth railway station is on the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth.

Bow Street Railway Station

Bow Street railway station is on the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth

Bucknell Railway Station

Bucknell railway station is on the Heart of Wales Line which runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea.

Builth Road Railway Station

Builth Road railway station is on the Heart of Wales Line which runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea.

Caersws Railway Station

Caersws railway station is on the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth; most trains run from/to Birmingham International.

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.

Dyffryn Ardudwy Railway Station

Dyffryn Ardudwy railway station is on the Cambrian Coast line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli.

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.

Fairbourne Railway Station

Fairbourne railway station is on the Cambrian Coast Line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli.

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

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

Harlech Railway Station

Harlech railway station is on the Cambrian Coast Line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli.

Knighton Railway Station

Knighton railway station is on the Heart of Wales Line that runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea.

Knucklas Railway Station

Knucklas railway station is on the Heart of Wales Line which runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea.

Llanbedr Railway Station

Llanbedr railway station is on the Cambrian Coast line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli.

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 ...

Acorn Court Country House

Llandrindod Wells

A warm welcome awaits you at this luxurious 5 Star Country House. Nestling in the heart of the Welsh countryside just 1.5 miles from the Victorian spa town of Llandridod Wells.

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £71-£200 prpn, £76-£86 prpnb

Kilsby House

Llanwrtyd Wells

An elegant 19thC house set in 2.5 acres of garden and private woodland with spectacular views and a huge variety of birds. Paradise for walkers, birdwatchers, cyclists, fishermen and horse riders.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £72-£80 prpnb

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, £500-£4900 pupw sleeps 1-12

Denmark Farm Eco Lodge

Lampeter

The self-catering Eco Lodge at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre provides sustainability and comfort for holidays immersed in Nature.

Alternative Accommodation with 3 units, £495-£785 pupw sleeps 2-6

Old Mill

Brecon

A 16th century converted corn mill, peacefully situated, en-suite rooms, residents lounge. Ideal for walking and touring the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and Hay-on-Wye. Single Occupancy £45.00 per night

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £70-£75 prpnb

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, £480-£910 pupw sleeps 6

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, £500-£4000 pupw sleeps 2-18

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, £255-£705 pupw sleeps 1-8

Helmau Cottages

Dolgellau

Helmau Cottages are situated 2 miles from Dolgellau within the Snowdonia National Park, and just 10 minutes walk direct to the spectacular waterfalls at Torrent Walk and near to Coed Y Brenin mountain-bike centre.

Self-catering with 3 units, £700-£15000 pupw sleeps 2-8

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, £570-£1040 pupw sleeps 2-9

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.

Guest Accommodation with 19 rooms, £60-£140 prpn

Nannerth Country Holidays

Rhayader

Choose from 3 quality self catering cottages near Rhayader & The Elan Valley. Set on our 200 acre farm, Nannerth is set in astonishingly beautiful countryside. Relax under the stars in your own private hot tub.

Self-catering with 3 units, £325-£1025 pupw sleeps 2-7

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, £225-£750 pupw sleeps 2-4

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

Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park

Aberystwyth

The Woodlands is a well established, family run caravan park set amidst some of the most beautiful scenery Mid Wales has to offer. It is situated in Devils Bridge, a small village nestling at the top of the Rheidol Valley.

Touring & Camping Park with 54 pitches, £12-£26 ptpn

Gypsy Pod @ Woodlands Caravan Park

Aberystwyth

The Woodlands is a well established, family run caravan park set amidst some of the most beautiful scenery Mid Wales has to offer. It is situated in Devils Bridge, a small village nestling at the top of the Rheidol Valley.

Glamping with 1 unit, £40-£55 pupn sleeps 1-3

Broncoedwig

Aberystwyth

This well equipped two bedroomed bungalow is situated in the picturesque village of Devils Bridge and is an ideal base for exploring Mid Wales or for a relaxing stay in the countyside. Free Wifi.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £85-£125 pupn sleeps 1-5

Coedmor Self Catering Holiday Cottages

Barmouth

Four charming units nestled between the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and Cader Idris mountain range. Minutes away from Barmouth and Dolgellau the cottages are ideally situated for walking, fishing, bird watching or just relaxing.

Self-catering with 4 units, £230-£500 pupw sleeps 1-3

Bythynnod Pengwernydd Cottages

Aberystwyth

Experience a warm Welsh welcome at Pengwernydd, a traditional family farm in the beautiful, tranquil uplands of north Ceredigion on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales. Four stone cottages providing high quality & comfort.

Self-catering with 4 units, £0-£695 pupw sleeps 1-6

Welsh Hideaways

Aberystwyth

Ty Mari (sleeps 6) and Penroc (sleeps 4) are set in a stunning Cambrian Mountains landscape, 17 miles inland from Aberystwyth where forests and mountain top views make this one of the beautiful hidden secrets of Mid Wales.

Self-catering with 2 units, £324-£795 pupw sleeps 1-6

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