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Vale of Rheidol Railway

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Address: Park Avenue, Aberystwyth SY23 1PG, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1970 625819
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Description: Travelling on the Vale of Rheidol Railway is the finest way to see the...
Travelling on the Vale of Rheidol Railway is the finest way to see the stunning Rheidol Valley. We pass through wide open fields,woodland and rugged mountain scenery as the line twists and turns clinging to the hillside gradually climbing nearly 700ft (200m)from Aberystwyth to reach our destination at Devil’s Bridge. Birds of prey such as Red Kite and Buzzards are regularly seensoaring high above the valley floor and breathtaking views can beenjoyed by all.
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great super day out

myself, my wife and our two kids went on the train, great parking, really nice staff, spectacular views, top afternoon out i would advise going in the open carriages for the steam... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Ciliau Aeron, United Kingdom
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Ciliau Aeron, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

myself, my wife and our two kids went on the train, great parking, really nice staff, spectacular views, top afternoon out i would advise going in the open carriages for the steam in your hair and bits of soot lol, great day out in the best part of wales,

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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review

We are glad you had an enjoyable day out at the railway. I quite agree the open sided summer cars are the best way to travel. We are fortunate the weather this February has been fair. The enclosed carriages are heated. Do come and see us again before too long. More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Ahh what can o say lovely steam train small cute carriages and amazing Welsh rolling hillside scenery. If it's peak season pre book tickets. At the top lovely quaint shops then a great robust walk around Devils bridge and the waterfalls a lovely day out

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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to review us here on TripAdvisor. We are glad you had an enjoyable day out at the railway. Do come and see us again before too long. More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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198 reviews 198 reviews
186 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Located at Aberystwyth -Mid Wales A487 Car park near the ticket office Steam trains travel about 15 miles along a very scenic route ending at Devils Bridge, where it turns around and returns. I believe the track was built to carry slate from the mountains down to the coast. I have travelled on this train line about 6 times, I... More 

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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. It is great to hear you are a regular visitor to the line. Whilst many of the Great Little Trains of Wales were built for slate, this was not the case with the Vale of Rheidol. Our commodity was the lead ore from mines, timber (for pit props) and it has carried a passenger services... More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Easy to park in Aberystwyth and a choice of carriages, covered or open, for the journey. The views were spectacular and the little cafe at the top, Devil's Bridge, served reasonable snacks in nice surroundings. Many photographic opportunities from the train as it bends around the mountainous track and time to visit the falls before taking one of the regular... More 

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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to review us here and your 5 star recommendation. it is really much appreciated. We will pass on your praise to all the team here at the Vale of Rheidol. Do come and see us again some point. More 

Wolverhampton
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98 reviews 98 reviews
5 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

We visited the Vale Of Rheidol railway attraction last August on Bank Holiday weekend. I'd not been on it since I was a child, so didn't remember much about it. You can choose to sit in either an enclosed carriage or outdoor (still roof covered). We sat outside on the outgoing journey and inside on the return leg. When we... More 

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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. We are glad you had an enjoyable day out on the Vale of Rheidol. Do come and see us again before too long. I'm glad you enjoyed the Welsh tea option. This is a new option we launched in 2014, I'm sorry the member of staff on duty did not offer this at the time... More 

Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Vale of Rheidol is very special to me. I have been taking the train to Devil's Bridge for over 50 years and it has always been a wonderful experience. The new parking area adjacent to the entrance is a great benefit instead of trying to find a space elsewhere in one of the many car parks in the town.... More 

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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review

Many thanks for your lovely review of the railway. We are glad to hear you enjoy your visits and look forward to welcoming you on board again before too long. We have a few developments up our sleeve for the 2015 season and beyond to make the experience even better. As for Locomotive No 7, I'm pleased to say that... More 

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Excellent for the children , Very nice atmosphere . Tickets are priced well , but worth every cent ! Lovely mulled wine and the mince pies are delicious ! santa was fantastic with the children ! And even mrs clause came around to tell all the children a lovely chritsmas story :) Highly recomended , A must go !

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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing our Santa Train on TripAdvisor. It is always pleasing to get 5 star reviews - we are glad you had an enjoyable trip with us. I'll pass on your praise to all the Santa team. We hope you had a good Christmas and hope you may visit us again before too long. More 

Newtown, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We decided to take our daughter and boy friend on the train for a Christmas treat. We booked on the internet easy to do I presented my tickets to the man at the paying point he handed them back with complimentry tickets for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie as I was driving I had a black... More 

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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review

Hi there, Many thanks for your review of our Santa Train. We are glad you all had an enjoyable day out with us and liked the entertainment during the journey. All of our staff are passionate about what we do so we really appreciate your 5 star review! I'll pass on your comments to all the Santa Team here. Can... More 

Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I took my 21 month old son on one of the Vale of Rheidols annual Santa Specials. I'd heard good reviews, and wasn't disappointed :-) The trip was a magical event from start to finish. My son was captivated by Santa - as were the other kids. He loved his present from Santa - and Mother Christmas kept all the... More 

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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review

Hi there, Many thanks for your review of our Santa Train. We want to give something a little different to your average 'grotto' type visit to Santa and ensure it is a memorable trip for all the family. Thanks for your kind words, I'll pass these on to the Santa Team here. We hope you have a fantastic Christmas and... More 

Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

First reaction to buying tickets was "not cheap", but it's worth every penny and more. Wonderful staff, lots of attention for all kids, a drink, some food AND a steam train! Everyone board agreed that this was an excellent trip.

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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review

Hi there, Many thanks for your review of our Santa Train. I'm glad you found it to be good value for money and an enjoyable experience for all the party. Merry Christmas and do come and see us again some point. More 

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