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“Charming and cherished” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gwili Railway

Gwili Railway
Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen SA33 6HT, Wales
01267 238213
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Ranked #3 of 17 attractions in Carmarthen
Type: Scenic Railroads
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Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Charming and cherished”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Well, if you are expecting something like Bishop's Lydeard near Taunton forget it...but the Gwili is terrific all the same. We visited with our two small boys (aged 2 and 3). First impressions...well directed from just outside Carmarthen into large car park with toilets and display areas below (bio digester toilets - excellent!). Entry is past a charming Victorian tea room which served us with a delicious chocolate cake and lashings of tea (or milk, if you are small). Our family ticket cost about £20.00 which allowed us to travel back and forward as much as we liked. It also gave us free use of the miniature railway at the end of the track (there's another refreshments van there, too).

There are roughly six trains a day, each one going at 20 minutes past the hour from Bronwydd Arms. Platform shop selling ubiquitous Thomas the Tank Engine stuff which the kids loved but also Gwili specific products. We picked up (as is our family tradition) a Gwili souvenir mug. Staff (of a wide age range) mostly very friendly, obviously enjoying the relationship with the railway which will soon be travelling further than ever due to an extension. We would love to go back. As a family with a great deal of experience of heritage railways, this is one of the nicest. Obvious hard work goes into managing the rolling stock. The platform is scattered with flower tubs (I loved the parsley and lettuce hidden amongst the flower pots and beds!). Really enjoyed the varying environments: sunny and hot at Bronwydd, shaded and cool at the other end. Thank you, Gwili Railway!

Visited August 2013
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Mastergeehy, Kerry, Ireland
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A lovely experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Stepping back in time on a lovely August afternoon. Fabulous journey through the woods/countryside. Very friendly staff. If you are in this part of Wales I would highly recommend this trip. Reasonably priced. Well done!!

Visited August 2013
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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Lovely ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I have just come back from an afternoon tea with Gwili Railway. It was an absolutely lovely afternoon, made all the better by the fine weather. We were served scones with jam and cream, along with strawberries, and tea and coffee aboard the train. The scones were absolutely delicious, and we even had second helpings of strawberries. And cream too, although I declined as I already had plenty of cream. We got off by the miniature railway, so we had an extra little train ride for the price of our ticket! :) There was also a food stand there selling burgers, coffee, etc which was good for those who had not had the cream tea.Then we travelled back to Bronwydd and had a look round the shop, which sells a nice little variety of train related items for children and adults alike. There's also a victorian tea room at the station, selling tea, coffee and cakes, which again is nice for those who didn't choose to go for the cream tea on board the train, and also when special events such as the cream tea aren't running. The journey along the river Gwili really is lovely, and there are picninc tables at the other end of the journey, which brings back happy memories of my childhood. My parents and I often travelled on the Gwili Railway train to go for a picnic when I was a child.
I also went on Gwili Railway last year, when I surprised my father with a Father's Day lunch. We had a lovely meal - starter on the way up to Llwyfan Cerrig, main course on the way back to Bronwydd, then back to Llwyfan Cerrig, having pudding on our way back there, then back to Bronwydd, having coffee and mints on our way back there. We also got to go out to stretch our legs during the journey, and made a toilet stop too. It was a very pleasant journey, and the food was delicious. Definitely a wonderful father's day surprise. My father was thrilled to bits. I couldn't think of anything to top that this year, not without spending a fortune!

Visited August 2013
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Was ok”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

As we visited during a heatwave the steam engine was unable to run owing to the risk of setting scrubland alight which we could understand so the carriages were pulled by an ordinary train. Even though we had a 10% discount we felt we did not get very good value as it was a very short train ride

Visited July 2013
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Nice little railway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Nice little railway, emphasis on little, but well worth a visit. Reasonable fares, nice gift shop, smashing signal box. Tiny museum which is basically one persons collection, however the volunteers here are doing a great job. Nice little ride up the valley and staff approachable and chatty. Good to visit on a rainy day.

Visited July 2013
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