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Vale of Rheidol Railway


Park Avenue
SY23 1PG

Contact Details

Tel: 01970 625819
All aboard the Vale of Rheidol by narrow gauge steam train. An unforgettable journey from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge, through the beautiful Rheidol Valley and sit back, relax on a nostalgic journey through the spectacular Mid Wales countryside.

Hop aboard at Aberystwyth and watch the scenery passing by your window. You will soon see the countryside change travelling through wide open fields, ancient woodland and rugged mountain scenery as the line twists and turns, clinging to the hillside to reach Devil's Bridge - home of the famous Mynach Falls and Devil's Punchbowl.

Look out for birds of prey such as red kites and buzzards soaring high above the valley floor and listen to the sound of the narrow gauge steam engine working hard on the climb into the hills.

Opened in 1902, the railway is a masterpiece of engineering and has been delighting passengers young and old for generations. Although the line no longer carries lead ore from the mines it has been carrying holidaymakers to the beauty spot of Devil's Bridge for over a hundred years!

The railway is a registered charity, dedicated to preserving the heritage railway for future generations to enjoy. The historic coal fired steam locomotives and vintage carriages were built by the Great Western Railway in the 1920s and 30s and are now fully restored.

Yes you really can hire a whole train! You can charter your own private excursion along the scenic Rheidol Valley on board the Vale of Rheidol Railway

The Railway Shop is located at Aberystwyth Station and sells a range of railway books, gifts and souvenirs including the popular Thomas the Tank Engine ranges as well as hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams and the online shop is also available and stocks a wide range of books with more titles and products being added all the time.

The 'Two Hoots Cafe' is located at the Devil's Bridge Station and is open for light refreshments when the train is running.

"Wales to the World" - All change at Aberystwyth Station with the building of a new station and multifunction display facility at our Aberystwyth station. The £1.6 million project started in late 2018 and will finish at the end of 2020; see for all the details.

The 12 mile journey takes 1 hour in each direction. See timetables for departure times.

The railway offers advance bookings through its website, but there is also the option to purchase tickets from the Booking Office on the day of travel. Passengers may upgrade to the the First Class Observation Saloon for a small charge.

Dogs are very welcome on the railway and can travel in all Third Class carriages. A dog rover ticket costs £3.00.

The railway can carry bicycles although owing to space limitations on certain popular trains, please contact us in advance so we can reserve space. For further information visit:


By Public Transport: The Vale of Rheidol Railway is located in the centre of Aberystwyth and is a short walk from the mainline railway and bus stations.

By Road: The Railway has a large car park off Park Avenue/Boulevard St Brieuc near the Park & Ride site and the SAT NAV Postcode is SY23 1PG.

Please note that if you start your journey at Devil's Bridge, car parking is adjacent to the station platform. SAT NAV: SY23 3JL

Prices and opening

You can save money by helping us to preserve this historic railway! By choosing the Donation Fare, you make an additional voluntary donation of 10%, and in return we will give you a voucher worth 12% of the total amount paid, to spend in our Gift Shops or Two Hoots café.

2020 Return Fares with Gift Aid: Adult £26.00, Child (3 - 15) £11.00, Family (1 + 2), £40.70 Family (2 + 2) £60.50. Children aged 2 years old and under travel FREE.

For non-gift aid, prices are £23.60, £10.00, £37.00 & £55.00 respectively.

Dogs are welcome. The dog rover fare is £4.00 per hound. Small bicycles may be conveyed for £6.00. Restrictions may apply at busy periods – please telephone our Booking Office in advance on:01970 625819.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesSee website for train times. Please aim to arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time in order to purchase tickets and board the train.