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“Excellent - friendly, good value and a fun day out”
Review of Talyllyn Railway

Talyllyn Railway
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Tywyn
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Talyllyn Railway is a historic narrow gauge steam railway, running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol through unspoilt Snowdonia. Tywyn is home to the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, Railway Shop and King's Licensed Cafe & Bistro. The line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.We offer a great day out for all the family. Groups receive a discount when booked in advance.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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“Excellent - friendly, good value and a fun day out”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

We visited on Christmas Eve for the Santa Special, and can only offer praise for the entire experience.

The whole event was very well organised, wth some passengers being allowed off to visit Santa while the rest took a ride on to the next station and then visited Santa on the way back - much better than a long queue with children getting more and more frantic.

Santa was good too - we saw three this year (Severn Valley Railway and Weston Park) and he was the best. Very nice presents for the children, a can of pop for each, and incepies/mulled wine for the adults. £10 each and £8 for adults - a very reasonable couple of hours out.The staff couldn't have tried harder - pics with Santa both inside and outside the grotto, elves on hand with pies and mulled wine,and the driver very happy to have children in the cab for photos

To cap a very good visitor experience, my niece dropped a glass nail file in the shop minutes after she bought it. She went up to buy a new one, and the cashier told her simply to have the new one for free. A small act of kindness that meant a lot to a young child!

Very impressed - a credit to al the volunteers who work there. We'll look forward to going back in the Spring and Summer.

Regular prices - Adults £14, over 60s £12.0, Children aged 5-15 £7, or £2 if accompanying an adult over 60! Free parking at Towyn - just walk over the bridge to the station.

Visited December 2011
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“Thomas The Tank Engine in Real Life”
Reviewed November 25, 2011

There is something very appealing about riding the narrow gauge railways of Wales and there is none finer than the Talyllyn line. Keen enthusiasts and volunteers keep this historic train running well past the busy summer season. The journey takes as you up a beautiful valley through well preserved tiny stations. On the return journey it stops for about 30 minutes in a station where coffee and snacks are served. The railway line was once owned by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry and has a great museum dedicated to Thomas and friends. A good day out for the kids and even better in the fall for a quieter trip for adults and enthusiasts of these great little steam engines. For the best view take the last carriage.

Visited October 2011
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Enville DY7 5HA
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“never out of puff”
Reviewed November 20, 2011

brilliant the volunteers do a sterling job if I lived a bit closer I would volunteer

Visited November 2011
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Tywyn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 18, 2011

what a lovely place a lovely cafe nestled in the country side at abergonolwyn on a steam railway.The staff are extremely pleasant and hard working there is also a cafe at the other end of the line in tywyn itself also excellent great choice of food and drink to be had at both

Visited October 2011
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“The Oldest Preserved Railway but still one of the best”
Reviewed November 4, 2011

Quaint little trains running through interesting scenary with period carriages. An excellent museum at Towyn Wharf station featuring very old engines and the Rev Awdry, the Thomas the Tank Engine Man. Excellent facilities at Towyn and a very friendly staff - well worth a visit!

Visited September 2011
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