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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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Enjoyable little train with chance to see the lake

We took this narrow gauge train to experience the lake and see the countryside and this certainly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
christaft2016
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Billericay, United Kingdom
Lovely experience

We loved our return trip on the Bala Lake Railway. We parked up and boarded the train at... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
shellp633
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Liverpool, 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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  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“return journey” (19 reviews)
“free parking” (11 reviews)
“steam engine” (8 reviews)
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Yr Orsaf The Station | Station Road, Llanuwchllyn, Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7DD, Wales
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+44 1678 540666
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took this narrow gauge train to experience the lake and see the countryside and this certainly provided this opportunity and we all really enjoyed the trip. The little shop at the end of the line was nice and great to be able to get...More

Thank christaft2016
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved our return trip on the Bala Lake Railway. We parked up and boarded the train at Llanuwchllyn. The guard was very welcoming and the platform was beautifully maintained with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The carriages are comfortable with a variety of...More

Thank shellp633
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Together with our little dog, we absolutely loved our day out on Bala Railway. We were so impressed that parking was free at the station. We enjoyed a cup of tea and a piece of cake sitting on the beautiful platform at Llanuwchllyn, the guard...More

Thank Avril R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Felt like a lovely step back in time at the railway station. Beautifully kept & maintained. Took my 7 year old into the signal box & had a lovely chat with the very friendly signal master. We did a return trip & enjoyed getting off...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only running for another two Thursday Evenings, this special was great value for money. The special train departing at 6.15pm did a complete trip of the line. At Bala it was possible to by a drink for the return journey which was popular with most...More

1  Thank Martin C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife decided to treat me to a GB Tours trip, for my birthday. This consisted of a steam train journey alongside lake Bala, then onto Betws-y-Coed for a lunch at the Royal Oak hotel. Lakeside coaches sub contracted the tour which is normal for...More

Thank Roy H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my 15 year old son who is severely disabled on the lovely little train as he loves Thomas the Tank. The staff could not have been more kind and helpful. We had a wonderful time. The views are so beautiful even on a rainy...More

Thank WhiteOrchid01
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staying in Bala for the first time with our family and dog we thought this would give us some nice views of the lake, and we were right. Stunning little steam train, beautiful scenery, able to take the dog and lovely staff. Thoroughly enjoyed every...More

Thank Victoria W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely to find this little station with a tea room and shop, staff are lovely, the steam train runs a few times a day and takes you to Bala and back around Bala lake, didn’t get the time to ride the train but will definitely...More

1  Thank Helen M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the steam railway last week. We arrived just in time to hear the train hooting as it left the station to return a hour and three quarters later for the next trip! We walked into the village, visited the signal box and read...More

Thank XKSue
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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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