Llanberis Lake Railway
Starting near the foot of Snowdon, our vintage narrow-gauge steam trains, dating from 1889 to 1922, take you on a five mile return journey along the shore of Lake Padarn, following the route of the old slate railway. Passengers are treated to spectacular views of Snowdon and nearby mountains. The main station is adjacent to the Welsh Slate Museum in Padarn Country Park. Santa Train runs at weekends in December, and an Easter Egg Hunt over Easter weekend, please telephone for details of these and other events.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Disabled carriage available on most trains
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct, Sun-Fri, 11-4; daily Jun-Aug; Nov-Mar limited dates, send for free timetable or check the website
Also in the Area
About The area
The county of Gwynedd is home to most of the Snowdonia National Park – including the wettest spot in Britain, an arête running up to Snowdon’s summit that receives an average annual rainfall of 4,473mm. With its mighty peaks, rivers and strong Welsh heritage (it has the highest proportion of Welsh-speakers in all of Wales), it’s always been an extremely popular place to visit and live. The busiest part is around Snowdon; around 750,000 people climb, walk or ride the train to the summit each year.
Also in Gwynedd is the Llyn Peninsula, a remote part of Wales sticking 30 miles out into the Irish Sea. At the base of the peninsula is Porthmadog, a small town linked to Snowdonia by two steam railways – the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. Other popular places are Criccieth, with a castle on its headland overlooking the beach, Pwllheli, and Abersoch and the St Tudwal Islands. Elsewhere, the peninsula is all about wildlife, tranquillity, and ancient sacred sites. Tre’r Ceiri hill fort is an Iron Age settlement set beside the coastal mountain of Yr Eifl, while Bardsey Island, at the tip of the peninsula, was the site of a fifth-century Celtic monastery.
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