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“Don't believe all the negatives .”

Snowdon Mountain Railway
Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Llanberis
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Since 1896 Snowdon Mountain Railway has been welcoming guests to the little village at the foot of Snowdon, Llanberis in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, to experience the awe inspiring journey by rack railway to the summit of Snowdon the highest mountain in Wales and England.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Wales
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39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Don't believe all the negatives .”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

I booked family tickets first and read the reviews on here afterwards and so I have to say i was instantly regretting having booked without reading the reviews and I was then dreading the journey . In the end I have positive and negative experiences to report . It is most definitely a purely for profit run business that seems to care very little for the paying customer as the seats in the diesel trains are long enough for 3 adults and 1 child and yet they squeeze 5 people in on each side. My family of 4 sat on our bench and we were opposite a family of 3 ( 2 adults and 1 child) when two very overweight people got in with their small child and the family opposite looked horrified (obviously wondering how everyone would fit in ) but had to squash up as the tickets tell you which carriage you are in and so you have no choice as to where you can sit. The small child sat next to me on and off up the mountain as it turned out she was under 3 and so could sit on a parents knee and she didn't actually have a ticket so my family all shoved up as well else there would have been 6 people on that side . You are asked to swap sides on the way back so you can see what you missed , which we duly did , but when the overweight couple went to the opposite side where we had been previously we realised that is the smaller bench of the 2 in the carriage and so only the couple another 1 adult and a small child would fit and everyone else was on my side . 10 people in a carriage is most definitely 2 too many . I hope the company read these reviews and take note. I paid ( with a £3.50 booking fee) almost £105 for our tickets and that's a lot of cash to be squashed to hell . The men serving in the railway cafe were as miserable as it's possible to be and everyone was saying the same thing as they sat outside with their coffees etc. On the plus side the railway is a fantastic , amazing piece of engineering and it was a real treat to go right to the top of a mountain on a train. All the walkers heading up from all directions and so close to the train . The views are super impressive and we know as a family that we will never all walk up Snowdon ( we say we will but i know it'll never happen), so to actually have the privilege of seeing the amazing wild and awe inspiring beauty of the landscape and make it to the summit is a real treat. Half an hour on top if you go up on the diesel but an hour at the summit if you travel on the steam train but that's £35 for a single adult ticket . The steam train carriage looks to have a lot more room inside as well. Some people had missed their train down from the previous trip up and i have to say every effort was made to get them back down on our train which they did , so that's good to know. Half an hour is just enough time to get to the monument right on the top , visit the loo and have a mooch round the shop. So all in all i have to say that the positives outweighed the negatives in our case and we were glad we did it . Just as a final word , we also visited the Electric Mountain Power Station experience 2 minutes down he road and £25 for a family ticket that was indeed excellent value and no booking fee (unlike the mountain railway) either . Don't let the reviews put you off .

Visited August 2013
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Cliffe Woods, Kent
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108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Weather dependant”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

We booked our tickets online with some concern at their cost. When collecting the tickets we were advised that due to the wind conditions at the summit our journey maybe terminated halfway with an unstated refund to be paid. On boarding we were placed in a crowded 10 seated section of a new carriage however 3 people were moved out to another section which made the seating much more comfortable. As the journey commenced we had an informative commentry with spectacular views unfortunately though half way up we dissappeared into thick cloud, rain and wind. At the top we trooped into a very crowded and wet visitor centre, some of our party made their way outside to the summit on a extremely treacherous slippery stone well worn path leaving us just enough time to get back on the train. The spectacular views reappeared again half way down and we descended into bright sunshine. I would like to do it again in clear conditions.
Subsequently having seen footage of the summit I am amazed that in such conditions it is neither supervised, numbers limited, safety advice given or even a handrail fitted.
Also avoid the £7 car park next to the Victoria hotel there are cheaper ones just further along.

Visited August 2013
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Long Sutton, United Kingdom
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“Just so lovely”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

A real treat of an attraction. We loved the train ride up to the summit, the train was clean, left on time and was something different. We decided to walk down from the summit as the return ride down only was at the summit for 30 minutes (not enough time to grab a coffee, and walk the short walk to the summit).

Visited August 2013
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“Don't go on the new trains”
Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

I have been up on Snowdon railway a number of times over the years and you do have to take your luck with the weather. However, this year they have introduced new carriages pushed by Diesel engines which has killed the atmosphere. The new carriages are like tube trains with much less visibility than before and 10 people crammed into each compartment which is 2 too many for comfort. The info put about by SMR is that the new carriages are safer and more comfortable. Do not believe the hype. They always used to say how safe the railway was before using the old rolling stock and it was certainly more comfortable. Also the standard service now is pushed by a diesel train which is not as good as it used to be when it was steam. All the other heritage lines are bringing back all the old style rolling stock which is popular with people so why have SMR done the opposite. Pay the extra and go in an old carriage pushed by a steam train. The views from the top on a clear day are absolutely fantastic but that is down to luck.

Visited August 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Over priced”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Very expensive - we couldn't afford to take the whole family on the train. Only got 30 mins at the top, which wasn't enough. Train was more comfortable than I had thought it would be. Given the choice between walking up and taking the train, next time I would walk. But glad to have been there and done that!

Visited August 2013
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