Bala Lake Railway

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Bala Lake Railway is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales. The 9 mile return journey through the striking scenery of the Snowdonia National Park and a must see attraction on the shoreline of Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid).

Llanuwchllyn Station

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

The round trip 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.

Visitors will see 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 you will find a cafe, locomotive sheds and heritage centre.

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

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Return£16.00 per adult
Child Return (3-15 years)£5.50 per child
Family Return (2 adults & 2 children)£37.00 per family

Child under 3 years travel for free. Cafe and Free Parking at Llanuwchllyn.

Events

Saturday, 27th July 2024 - Saturday, 27th July 2024

A Day Out with Alice Bala Lake RailwayA Day with "Alice the Little Welsh Engine"Come along to Balal Lake Railway and meet “Alice the Little Welsh Engine” from Pauline Hazelwood’s beautiful childrens' books.
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Thursday, 1st August 2024 - Thursday, 1st August 2024

Thursday, 8th August 2024 - Thursday, 8th August 2024

Thursday, 15th August 2024 - Thursday, 15th August 2024

Barbeque Specials | Bala Lake RailwayA very pleasant way to spend the evening on a return journey by steam. Stop for a barbeque at Llangower and watch the sun going down across the lake.
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Saturday, 24th August 2024 - Monday, 26th August 2024

Steam Gala at Bala Lake RailwasyBala Lake Railway August Steam GalaThe entire entire home fleet of engines (subject to availability) will be taking part in the Bala Lake steam gala along with one or two visiting locomotives and some freight services using slate wagons from their extensive collection
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Saturday, 21st September 2024 - Sunday, 22nd September 2024

Bala Railway - Great Little Tains Model ShowBala Lake Railway | Model Railway ShowThe 2024 Bala Model Railway Show will be held at Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn Secondary School, Ffrydan Road, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7RU.
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Wednesday, 30th October 2024 - Thursday, 31st October 2024

Bala Lake Railway Halloween Bala Lake Railway | Halloween TrainsJoin us for a scary evening train to celebrate Halloween!
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Saturday, 7th December 2024 - Sunday, 8th December 2024

Bala Lake Railway Santa SpecialsBala Lake Railway | Santa SpecialsSanta has once again accepted our invitation to visit Llanuwchllyn on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 2023.
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Facilities

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for groups

Parking

  • Free Parking - Free parking at Llanuwllyn Station. Turning and parking facilities for pre-booked coach parties can also be provided.

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - £1 charge for dogs travelling on train. Assistance dogs travel free.
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Llanuwchllyn station: off the A494 at the South-Western end of Bala lake. Ample free car parking is available within the station site. Parking facilities for pre-booked coach parties can 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.

Bala (Penybont) Station: Limited roadside car parking with large car parks in Bala town centre, half a mile away.Sat Nav users, please use: LL23 7BS for the Bala town station is at the junction of the B4391 and B4403

Llangower Station: Llangower station has a pay and display car park with toilet facilities. Follow the B4403 and look for a public car park and picnic area at the southern end of the village. Llangower station is next to a popular beach, so the car park is frequently busy in good weather.

Public Transport Directions

Barmouth railway station is 23 miles away.

Llyn Tegid | Bala Lake Railway

Type:Narrow Gauge Railway

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

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Tel01678 540666

Opening Times

* See website for train times.

Awards

  • Visit WalesVisit Wales VAQAS Visit Wales VAQAS 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2022

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