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“Lovely day trip”

Vale of Rheidol Railway
Ranked #2 of 33 things to do in Aberystwyth
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
somerset uk
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Lovely day trip”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We had a fantastic day out! The views were amazing.It was gloomy in land, with fog over the mountains, but the weather out towards Aberystwyth, was glorious. We saw red kites and buzzards, in abundance. The bench seats in the middle of the carriage cut us off at the kidneys so we sat with the wall behind us on the way back.

Visited October 2012
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2 Thank Nikki E
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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review, April 12, 2016
Many thanks for your review. Pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the railway. Since your visit we've made improvements to the carriage seating.
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Poole
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“Day out on a Steam Railway”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Enjoyable day out on this Steam Railway. For an extra fee we travelled 1st Class and was fortunate to have the carriage to ourselves. The scenery from Aberystwyth to Devil Bridge was excellent and was well worth a visit. The staff were very friendly. Would definitely revisit

Visited October 2012
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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review, April 12, 2016
Many thanks for your review. Pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the railway.
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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“Fantastic Scenery - but!”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

There is no doubt that the Vale of Rheidol Railway is one of the premier steam worked narrow gauge railways in the UK. The scenery is superb and is as good as that which can seen from the trains on the other Welsh narrow gauge railways. The pristine locomotives and rolling stock are maintained to very high standard and fares represent very good value for money. However it would appear that the line is run on shoe string budget.

Unlike most of the other steam railways in Wales, the Vof R does not use volunteers and perhaps it is this fact alone that means that facilities for passengers are minimal. For instance, at the Aberystwyth terminus covered accomodation for waiting passengers is noticeable by it's absence, apart from the small booking office/shop that is. So if it rains as it often does in Wales, the passengers simply get wet! The public toilet facilities are extremely basic being of the "Portaloo" variety while there is also a complete absence of any sort of refreshment room. There is a small cafe/ shop at the Devil's Bridge terminus but this cannot compare with the excellent staion facilities at the Talyllyn Railway's Wharf Station or those of the Ffestiniog Railway at their Harbour Station in Porthmadog.

Similarly the timetable is somwhat sparse and indeed it was only this year that the railway introduced Sunday services in September. Two return services on a steam worked narrow gauge railway in September, operating from a major tourist destination like Aberystwyth can only be described as extremely basic. So if passengers intend to visit the waterfalls at Devil's Bridge they must catch the morning train and return by the second train of the day -there isn't any choice.

Visited September 2012
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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Thanks for your comments and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. You'll be pleased to know we have big plans in the pipeline for developing the facilities at both Aberystwyth and at Devil's Bridge stations over the coming years. Watch this space!

Regards,

Will Smith
VoR
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating for young and old”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Well kept historical railway, running from the mountain terminus at Devil's Bridge to the seaside town of Aberystwyth. Spectacular views across and down the valley (keep a keen eye out for the wildlife) as the train runs down towards the coast. You pass the sidings and workshops on the way into Aberystwyth, with engines and rolling stock in various states - showing how hard the staff and volunteers are working to keep this line running. Aberystwyth station is right in the town centre, with shops and eating places and a short walk to the beach.

Our 4 year old not only loved the train journey, but also going up to see the engine afterwards - the driver and fireman were most friendly and helpful: letting him climb up into the cab, showing him all the controls and letting him blow the whistle.

You can never trust the weather in this part of the country, but even if it is wet the views from the train are still wonderful.

If you are arriving by car then it is better to start at Devil's Bridge, with parking available in the station yard (£1 for the day, pay in the café).

Visited August 2012
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2 Thank James M
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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review, April 12, 2016
Many thanks for your review. Pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the railway. Pleased you hear the praise for our staff.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Rail journey to Devils Bridge”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

The ride was pleasent although it would have been better to see the sun! Some views were breathtaking but then others you couldnt see anything from your window

Visited September 2012
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rheidolrailway, Public Relations Manager at Vale of Rheidol Railway, responded to this review, March 23, 2016
Many thanks for your review - afraid there is little we can do about the weather. In recent years we have made major developments to clearing tree growth improving the views for all.
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