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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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Highly enjoyable.

Booked a return trip from Llanuwchllyn station to Bala and back. Plenty of free parking at... read more

Reviewed yesterday
BillEIsleofMan
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Pleasant steam train ride.

Took the steam train from Bala Lake to its terminus. Lovely journey running by lakeside. Pleasant... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
MerseysideLynn
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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” (17 reviews)
“free parking” (11 reviews)
“friendly staff” (18 reviews)
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Yr Orsaf The Station | Station Road, Llanuwchllyn, Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7DD, Wales
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Reviewed yesterday

Booked a return trip from Llanuwchllyn station to Bala and back. Plenty of free parking at Llanuwchllyn station. Dogs welcome. Staff very helpful and keen to advise people about the railway. Lovely views of Bala Lake along the way. Highly recommended.

Thank BillEIsleofMan
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Took the steam train from Bala Lake to its terminus. Lovely journey running by lakeside. Pleasant scenery. At terminus you can visit café or walk into village. Train journey return for over 60s is £10 each. This service is manned by volunteers.

1  Thank MerseysideLynn
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bala light railway is a delightfully short scenic railway that runs the length of lake Bala. It has open carriages as well as a closed carriage to take in the stunning scenery along the lake. It’s a trip ideal for all, particularly families with small...More

Thank Shakers3
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful sunny day riding in a open train carriage along the south of Bala Lake. The lake looked wonderful and the surrounding views of Snowdonia were magnificent. We only travelled one way which took about 25 minutes.

Thank Annie212013
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We both enjoyed our visit to the Bala Lake Railway The Sun was shining and everyone was in a cheerful mood The Engine was called Mel B I think GirlPower ,Sorry George B,Male Power Great looking little steam engine Love the smell and sound

Thank CUMBRIAVIEW
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This narrow gauge railway travels along the quiet side of the Lake to give excellent views of the lake and the mountains of Snowdonia.With a return ticket there is a short stop at the Bala end. After taking the trip there is opportunity to browse...More

Thank TripMember020820161
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Used railway to return us to our car following a walk from Llanuwchllyn to Bala. It was a very hot day so enjoyed trvelling in the open carriage. Lovely views of the lake and mountains. Dog was welcome on train. Friendly staff,

Thank 544jules
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little railway travels along the track bed of once the territory of the GWR. As for the railway itself it is a great place to go and visit everything you need is situated at the moment at LLANUWCHLLYN but the railway is expanding towards...More

Thank peterentwistle1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Got train from Bala, alighted at Llangower, which is a great place for picnics , swimming etc., spend 1 & a half hours here & then got the train to continue to the last stop LLanuwchllyn, Had a coffee at the station cafe then re...More

Thank Cliff C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely railway well kept and you can see the people who look after it have a lot of passion for what they do... Would happily go again the weather was amazing and the staff very friendly... Thanks for a good afternoon out.. 😁

Thank Mick W
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Kerry Jones Ieu... J
January 28, 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
October 24, 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
August 1, 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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