THE TRAINS OF NORTH WALES
LET THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN!
There are lots of train rides to be taken in North Wales. Take your pick from mountain trains to lakeside trains, something for all the family to enjoy…
SNOWDON MOUNTAIN RAILWAY
“Journey to the rooftop of Wales” on which is arguably one of the most famous railways in the world. Starting from Llanberis, the train will take you through stunning, picturesque scenery; waterfalls, mountain lakes and the rugged hills of Wales to the very top of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. At the summit there is a cafe, souvenir shop and visitor centre It is advised to pre-book your trip and on-line booking is available. Early bird discounts apply to trips taken on the 9am train. This is a journey to remember! **Trains operate from March to October. From March to early May they stop at Clogwyn Station – 3/4 of the way to the summit. From May onwards they travel to the summit.
WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY
Sit back relax and watch the world go by – a coast to coast journey through Snowdonia – from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. This train travels through the awesome scenery of Aberglaslyn Pass, through fields and woodland and across the slopes of Mount Snowdon – then a descent down to the opposite coast into Caernarfon. Buffet service available. It is advised to pre-book your trip and on-line booking is available.
The Ffestiniog Railway shares the station at Porthmadog with the Welsh Highland Railway. The Ffestiniog railway is a journey with breath-taking views through Snowdonia – from Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Buffet service available. It is advised to pre-book your trip and on-line booking is available.
LLYN PADARN/LLANBERIS LAKE
Time to sit back and enjoy the beauty of Snowdonia from a narrow-gauge steam train. Travelling from Llanberis you will travel passed Dolbadarn Castle, journey between the twin lakes of Llanberis and non-stop through Padarn Country Park. There’s a short stop at Cei Llydan, a beautifully tranquil place that’s ideal for a lakeside picnic, and at Gilfach Ddu, where you can visit the National Slate Museum, watch the driver stoking the fire, the engine taking water, or spend some time in our gift shop and cafe. It is advised to pre-book your trip and on-line booking is available.
BALA LAKE RAILWAY
Travelling alongside Bala Lake, this railway journey takes in the amazing views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Your journey starts from the pretty village of Llanuwchllyn, where ample free car-parking, refreshments, small gift shop, toilets, picnic tables plus all the railway’s storage and repair facilities can be found. Bala Lake is the largest lake in Wales and you will see lots of people enjoying watersports here.
GREAT ORME TRAMWAY
This tram runs up the Great Orme in Llandudno. At the Halfway Station there is a little museum telling the history of the tramway and its Victorian engineering. Catch the next tram to the summit, travelling through the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve. The summit has amazing views!