Vale of Rheidol Railway

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All aboard the Vale of Rheidol by narrow gauge steam train. An unforgettable journey from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge (or vice versa), through the beautiful Rheidol Valley. 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.

The station is a short walk from Devil's Bridge Waterfalls - operated as a separate attraction.

CHARTER A TRAIN
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

SHOP & CAFE
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.

ABERYSTWYTH STATION
"Wales to the World" - A new station and multifunction display facility is now in place at our Aberystwyth station. The £2.2 million project started in late 2018 and finished at the end of 2022; see https://www.rheidolrailway.co.uk/project.htm 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 First Class Observation Saloon for a small charge if it is available.

Dogs are very welcome on the railway and can travel in all Third Class carriages. A dog rover ticket costs £4.00.

If the wheelchair accessibility space is required please contact us to check availability and reserve the space.

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

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

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

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for groups

Languages

  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides
  • Italian signs/guides
  • Spanish signs/guides

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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

Accessible by Public Transport: Aberystwyth station is 1 mile away.

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Type:Narrow Gauge Railway

Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG

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Opening Times

* See 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.

Awards

  • Other AwardsWorldHost WorldHost 2016
  • Trip Advisor AwardsTrip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Visit WalesVisit Wales VAQAS Visit Wales VAQAS 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2022

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