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Bala Lake Railway

Yr Orsaf The Station | Station Road, Llanuwchllyn, Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7DD, Wales
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Unexpected delight

Delightful narrow gauge railway that takes you along side lake Bala. The Station is kept in its... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nigel D
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
Better for younger children

The staff were all great and the opportunity to see the signal box added something. The history of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
923nic
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St Ives, United Kingdom
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Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake Railway) offers a delightful 9 mile return journey alongside Bala Lake, through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Our 2ft narrow gauge steam trains give excellent views of the lake amid its surrounding pastoral and woodland scenery, and of the nearby mountains, Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy.The railway provides an ideal centrepiece for a day’s visit to Bala Lake. The round trip of 1 hour 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. There is access to the lake shore at Llangower station for swimming, fishing or simply lazing by the waterside.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“return journey” (15 reviews)
“free parking” (9 reviews)
“friendly staff” (15 reviews)
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Yr Orsaf The Station | Station Road, Llanuwchllyn, Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7DD, Wales
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Delightful narrow gauge railway that takes you along side lake Bala. The Station is kept in its original form and sets the tone for the whole journey. I am in no way as a rail enthusiast but was charmed by the whole experience. The enthusiasm...More

Thank Nigel D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff were all great and the opportunity to see the signal box added something. The history of the engines was interesting and impressive. Probably better for younger children as the journey is relatively short. The only thing we would say is that we found...More

Thank 923nic
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a very pleasant time riding up the track (approx 4 miles) following the shore of lake Bala. Friendly staff showed us around including the signal box, and a little background info as we travelled. Nice to see little pieces of history like this continued,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take this steam train from either end of the lake as it gently meanders along between the lake edge and adjoining countryside. Although wet it was still a great way to spend an afternoon. Facilities at Bala are virtually non existent so go to Llanuwchllyn...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great views of the lake and surrounding countryside. Kids loved it. Well worth doing even on a rainy day. But: 1) Pathway from road to the platform on Bala side is wholly inadequate. Very muddy and narrow. Dispute with landowner apparently. 2) Café food is...More

Thank Peter L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out wiv teenage daughter and partner. Loved it. Amazing day out even tho it was a cold rainy day. Beautiful scenery and people xxx

Thank Stacey B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

4 of us enjoyed the lake railway trip from Bala to Llanuwchllyn in Sunday afternoon. The train was great and we had a chat with the man running the original Victorian signal box too. Catching the train from Bala you just wait in a bus...More

Thank DocFay
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Fantastic friendly staff, a really enjoyable ride with lovely scenery. Cafe also very nice and both cafe & train ride are dog friendly.

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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Our children loved the excitement of going on this railway. The people who run it are lovely. It’s quaint! The views of the lake and the surrounding hills are spectacular. If the weather isn’t great then wrap up warm!

Thank JessieJames2
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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

This really cannot be missed! If you want beautiful views of the Welsh countryside then this fantastic little steam train is one to do! It stops off at two stations that have been preserved and look like something from a model railway! The tickets are...More

Thank Max B
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Kerry Jones Ieu... J
29 January 2018|
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Response from Nigel B | Reviewed this property |
Hi Check the website but I believe the first service isnt until Sunday 11th of February (Start of Half Term)
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Sally W
24 October 2017|
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Response from Tim G | Property representative |
Hi, Yes we are open this week on Tues 24th, Weds 25th, Thurs 26th, Sat 28th and Sun 29th Take a look at our timetable page on our website for train times Thanks Tim
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Manchip
1 August 2017|
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Response from Tim G | Property representative |
Our main station at Llanuwchllyn is the one with the café and shop where you can relax under cover (if it is raining) waiting for the train. All trains have closed coaches so you won't get wet if the Welsh sunshine pours... More
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