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Bala Lake Railway

Yr Orsaf The Station | Station Road, Llanuwchllyn, Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7DD, Wales
+44 1678 540666
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Not open when I called but got a warm welcome

Called in when passing by. The railway was not operating and renovations were going on. Was given... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
via mobile
Fabulous little narrow guage railway. A real must for a visit

What a superb little railway alongside a very picturesque lake starting and ending in the pretty... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2017
Nigel B
Edenbridge, 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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Yr Orsaf The Station | Station Road, Llanuwchllyn, Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7DD, Wales
+44 1678 540666
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Called in when passing by. The railway was not operating and renovations were going on. Was given a warm welcome and lots of info on the railway and their plans. Really hope their extension into the town goes ahead for their sake and for the...More

Thank IT-nerd-on-the-road
Reviewed 12 December 2017

What a superb little railway alongside a very picturesque lake starting and ending in the pretty village of Llanuwchllyn. They are looking to extend the railway into Bala itself. I hope they are successful! We enjoyed a good half day riding the route and taking...More

1  Thank Nigel B
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

We visited on a damp Tuesday afternoon. We boarded the train at the Bala end and bought tickets as we boarded. A bargain £11 per adult and an extra £2 for an additional child. We had a carriage to ourselves and loved the journey down...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 1 November 2017

This is a friendly little railway with a great ride along the lake. Do visit the signal box and chat to the signalman who can tell you all about how it works. The cafe is very good too - a simple menu very well done...More

1  Thank RichardEade
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Terrific little railway. You must talk to the signal man at the other end of the railway from Bala - he's outstanding. Not cheap but great fun.

Thank anth0nygriffiths
Reviewed 25 October 2017

We did this since we had less time & wanted to experience a train ride when in Snowdonia. We were fortunate to get the last train of the day. The experience is expensive. It costs £12 per adult. Takes you one way up along Lake...More

Thank B_Manjusha
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Not even torrential rain could dampen the delights of this friendly and scenic narrow gauge line that hugs the southerly shore of Llyn Tegid on the trackbed of the former GWR Barmouth to Ruabon line, slain in the 60s by the infamous Dr Beeching. The...More

Thank Mkjock
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Great experience on the little train but was damped by the driving rain. On the way we sat in the open sided carriages and were soaked and very cold by the time we got to the last station. On the way back we sat in...More

Thank Melissa D
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Really nice little railway, perfect for a morning activity. They accept card which was very helpful! Dog friendly too.

Thank discoballad
Reviewed 8 September 2017

A delightful way to experience Bala Lake/Llyne Tegid. This excellent narrow gauge railway is superb, and worth taking in both directions. Time it to have lunch at the fantastic Llanuwchllyn Station Café, where the station has a lot more to offer than the Bala end....More

Thank Herbie-Green
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Sally W
24 October 2017|
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
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