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Bala Lake Railway

Yr Orsaf The Station | Station Road, Llanuwchllyn, Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7DD, Wales
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Lovely little railway but....

This was a lovely little railway; friendly and polite staff, dog friendly and scenic. The return... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
MammyDoyle
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Birmingham
Fantastic

Called in here for a coffee but steam train was about to leave so decided to get on it we felt... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Patricia W
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 good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“return trip” (16 reviews)
“free parking” (11 reviews)
“friendly staff” (17 reviews)
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Yr Orsaf The Station | Station Road, Llanuwchllyn, Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7DD, Wales
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a lovely little railway; friendly and polite staff, dog friendly and scenic. The return journey to Llanuwchllyn was marred, however, by a two hour wait for the train at Bala in the cold and rain with no ‘facilities’. I appreciate that it is...More

Thank MammyDoyle
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Called in here for a coffee but steam train was about to leave so decided to get on it we felt really lucky to have made this unique journey very picturesque staff very helpful. Beautiful scenery would recommend this to all lovers of the old...More

Thank Patricia W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting, well kept, totally friendly, lovely trip around the most amazing scenery of the lake. A must do if you visit lake Bala

Thank edolton
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this as one of many railways while on holiday and would want to comment especially on the friendliness of the staff and the quality of the food in the cafe. Both things really made it stand out for us on our recent holiday....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really great day out with helpful staff, beautiful country side If you love steam engines then support this railway

Thank Kimbos123
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the model railway exhibition (free parking) then a free bus took us to the station. Lovely scenic ride in open or closed carriage, we chose open would advise jacket even on a warm day! Sit on the door side of the carriage for the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the third time I have visited the Bala Lake Railway and I have loved it every time! My visits have had Holy War and Winifred hauling us. My only negative comment is that the gaurd on the train wasn't the niceist. I was...More

Thank Train Fan 2
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

This is an authentic light railway with comfortable carriages and a proud steam loco. The service in the shop was not fast but was friendly. Food was good value and train fare also good value

Thank revdavewest
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Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

Cycled down the side of Lake Bala - steam train stopped at stop on way down - asked if Bikes allowed - so return journey on the train - cafe and tourist shop very reasonable - great cakes - friendly , helpful staff - great...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

Rather than start our train journey at Bala, we started at Llanuwchllyn, because there is more car parking available there. The railway station is actually well stocked, with a gift area, toilets, restaurant, information and I believe mostly staffed by volunteer workers, who also run...More

Thank Gaynor S
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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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