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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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A lovely little line, whatever the weather.

Not even torrential rain could dampen the delights of this friendly and scenic narrow gauge line... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mkjock
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Milton Keynes
Shame about the weather

Great experience on the little train but was damped by the driving rain. On the way we sat in the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Melissa D
via mobile
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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 good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“return journey” (15 reviews)
“friendly staff” (15 reviews)
“free parking” (9 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 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Short line but has stop in the middle where you can picknic. You can as wel see the train from the middle of the lake.... from canoe 🙂

Thank sylwiakuczynska
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely time on the Bala steam train and it's not over priced. Lots of rail enthusiasts are involved in keeping the train and track in good order for visitors to enjoy. Best to catch the train in Llanuwchllyn to Bala and then back...More

1  Thank eagleking66
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Went on the 1.20 ride on Saturday. Tickets were £26 return for two adults, two children (aged 14 and 9) and a dog (really appreciated the fact that dogs were welcome on board). Didn't really know what to expect... The ride was about 25 minutes...More

2  Thank Soss73
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

The railway itself is gorgeous, the little engines capturing all our imaginations. Alice and George B being our 4yo daughter's favourites. That said, other than the run up the lake and back there really isn't much else to see. We were hoping for a couple...More

1  Thank deBoogle
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Really good way to get to bala. Good fun and lovely sights. Lovely staff. Inexpensive. Loved it Kids on trip loved it. The station got little cafe too.

Thank Tigeryohann
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

We visited here on 23rd August for the 11am trip Unfortunately the train broke down about 3 mins from Bala Didn't ruin the trip, they offered a full refund which we declined and no one on our carriage seemed annoyed or upset Yes was disappointing...More

Thank Alexbw2008
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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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