Bala Lake Railway
Bala Lake Railway
4.5
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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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  • caroline3262
    Wythenshawe, United Kingdom979 contributions
    Fantastic time
    What a great day out in the glorious sunshine. We were pulled by George 2 today. What a cute little engine. We sat in the open window carriage watching the world go by. There are carriages that have windows in bad weather. George chugged us up the hill through the woodland until the beautiful blue bala lake came into view. The sun was dancing on the water. The lake is huge and there is a spectacular view of the mountains behind. There are a couple of stations on the way to the final stop at the bala station. Where George was uncoupled and moved to the other end of the carriages for the return journey. We got on at the Llanuwchilyn station where the journey starts and ends. If you use the sat nav for directions at the end it tries to send you down a private driveway. Keep going and you'll find the car park. There is a little shop, cafe and toilets there. There is nothing at the Bala stop. Sit on the left side of the carriage for the best views. Well worth a visit. The staff are lovely.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 May 2023
  • mukeshten
    Bexleyheath, United Kingdom149 contributions
    Steam train adventure
    We booked onto this little steam railway, and we're completely blown away from start to finish. We got on at Bala and had an enjoyable trip to the end around 7 miles, where we stopped for half an hour while they moved the engine . Nice cafe to boot whete I had a cup of tea. The journey back was just as good ,the scenery is really good. Turned into a little boy.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • DottieOnWheels
    Nottingham, United Kingdom179 contributions
    A Must Visit!
    I would give this more dots if I could. This is everything you would expect from a narrow gauge railway and more. The staff are all great and very helpful. Although the weather wasn't great it was still an enjoyable ride with some lovely scenery to take in. The journey is about an hour there and back. The station in Llanuwchllyn is brilliant. The shop is probably one of the best we have seen thus far especially for books with a good selection of gift and souvenirs for young and old. The café is superb offering toasties, filled rolls, soup, jacket potatoes and more. I have to give a special mention to the Carrot and Coriander soup! Best I have every tasted. You need to give it a go!! Only downside, and I appreciate they would struggle to fit one in, there is no disabled toilet.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 10 July 2023
  • PheebsUK
    Norwich, United Kingdom181 contributions
    A lovely little railway
    Being steam fans, we came along and bought a return ticket for this little railway. Beautifully maintained engines and friendly volunteers. The Bala station could do without the ugly modern green bus shelter on it - somethig a little more traditional maybe....but as they are fundraising to relocate the station more centrally into the town of Bala this will change. A nice little trip down the side of the lake to the end station at Llanuwchllyn. This station is lovely with traditional buildings, a little museum, and a tea shop but sadly the stop off time of about 30 minutes is not long enough to enjoy all of these. People rush into the cafe and queue it out so you go to the museums, which are a bit of a walk away - and by the time you come back there's not much time to grab a coffee and a cake before you're on your way again. Let the visitors stay a little longer and they would spend more money ;)
    Visited August 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
  • daryl proctor
    19 contributions
    HIDDEN GEM
    what a little gem . only found it by chance when we had to cancel another trip ,truly a lovely ride around Bala Lake . beautiful scenery that's given me some more places to come back and view on another occasion . i'd love to come back when it snows ,this is well worth a spending sometime at ,if you are on a road trip, travelling around and want to see the beauty of wales.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Patrick M
    2 contributions
    Steam fun.
    Steam engine experience for a fun trip. A narrow guage railway with excellent communication from the train enthusiasts that run the business. The smell of the coal-fired engines that are used is quite nostalgic for those 'of a certain age' and create a great atmosphere for remeniscence! Views of the lake are intermittent but acceptable. Best when the weather is good. Unfortunately this cannot be prearranged!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 September 2023
  • David P
    4 contributions
    Halloween Ride!
    Halloween trip was absolutely brilliant! Staff has made a fantastic effort at dressing up and preparing the whole experience. I would throughly recommend a visit here. Our family and friends all had a fantastic time.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Lucinda
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom25 contributions
    Lovely afternoon out
    We went on the last return trip from Bala of 2023. We had turned up for the middle trip of the day (hadn’t yet purchased our tickets) and whilst at the station I read on the website that prams are not permitted. We had our 8 week old baby so decided to head back into Bala and swap for the carrier and come on a later train. We also decided to leave our dog at home. Really glad we did as this later slot was much quieter and plenty of space. Lovely views and soothing journey. At the other end we had a hot drink before coming back again. Really important to read about the fundraising for the line extension which would add so much to Bala’s town centre and tourism. Worth the £14 per adult.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 November 2023
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Lucinda
Gloucestershire, UK25 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We went on the last return trip from
Bala of 2023. We had turned up for the middle trip of the day (hadn’t yet purchased our tickets) and whilst at the station I read on the website that prams are not permitted. We had our 8 week old baby so decided to head back into Bala and swap for the carrier and come on a later train.
We also decided to leave our dog at home. Really glad we did as this later slot was much quieter and plenty of space. Lovely views and soothing journey. At the other end we had a hot drink before coming back again.
Really important to read about the fundraising for the line extension which would add so much to Bala’s town centre and tourism. Worth the £14 per adult.
Written 5 November 2023
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David P
4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Halloween trip was absolutely brilliant! Staff has made a fantastic effort at dressing up and preparing the whole experience. I would throughly recommend a visit here. Our family and friends all had a fantastic time.
Written 3 November 2023
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HLaw22
Middlesbrough, UK6 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
I wouldn’t waste your money. The views from the train ride itself is the only thing going for it. We went from Bala (not worth a visit) to Llanuwchllyn station. There is nothing at Llanuwchllyn apart from a very dated station cafe. Coffee is served from a little machine in a tiny cafe that looks like something from the 80s. Completely not worth the £43 we spent on the journey, we even had to get the earlier train back than originally booked.
Written 30 September 2023
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Andykeithharris
Reading, UK273 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
A clean and tidy railway with an excellent little museum and a journey with superb views across Bala Lake. Prices are reasonable and the staff are friendly.
Written 26 September 2023
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Patrick M
2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Steam engine experience for a fun trip. A narrow guage railway with excellent communication from the train enthusiasts that run the business.

The smell of the coal-fired engines that are used is quite nostalgic for those 'of a certain age' and create a great atmosphere for remeniscence!

Views of the lake are intermittent but acceptable. Best when the weather is good. Unfortunately this cannot be prearranged!
Written 7 September 2023
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Pete
East Midlands, UK237 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Lovely and quaint, beautiful scenery and very nice drivers and ticket man too! Fairly priced for a very scenic and steady ride that families will love
Written 30 August 2023
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Clare L
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Brilliant day out with the family and great value for money. All the staff were lovely and friendly. We would definitely recommend a visit.
Written 27 August 2023
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daryl proctor
19 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
what a little gem . only found it by chance when we had to cancel another trip ,truly a lovely ride around Bala Lake .
beautiful scenery that's given me some more places to come back and view on another occasion . i'd love to come back when it snows ,this is well worth a spending sometime at ,if you are on a road trip, travelling around and want to see the beauty of wales.
Written 25 August 2023
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PheebsUK
Norwich, UK181 contributions
Aug 2023
Being steam fans, we came along and bought a return ticket for this little railway. Beautifully maintained engines and friendly volunteers. The Bala station could do without the ugly modern green bus shelter on it - somethig a little more traditional maybe....but as they are fundraising to relocate the station more centrally into the town of Bala this will change. A nice little trip down the side of the lake to the end station at Llanuwchllyn.

This station is lovely with traditional buildings, a little museum, and a tea shop but sadly the stop off time of about 30 minutes is not long enough to enjoy all of these. People rush into the cafe and queue it out so you go to the museums, which are a bit of a walk away - and by the time you come back there's not much time to grab a coffee and a cake before you're on your way again. Let the visitors stay a little longer and they would spend more money ;)
Written 23 August 2023
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Peter W
Sheffield, UK202 contributions
Jul 2023
£14 gets you a 50 - 60 minute there and back ride in a wonderfully preserved and refurbished "little" railway along the banks of Lake Bala. The views across the lake are brilliant and the trackside is full of interesting plants & wild flowers. The Bala terminus is a 10 - 15 minute walk away from the centre of Bala but your visit will help pay towards the £3 million project to extend the railway further and into Bala itself.
There is a small tea room and pleasant shop - together with car parking - at the Llanuwchllyn end of the line. The cafe has a range of drinks and tasty tray bakes but £3.50 each for them seems a bit steep, TBH.
Written 18 July 2023
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