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Vintage Railways of North Wales

Vintage Railways of North Wales

Enjoy the spectacular Welsh scenery from the comfort of a 'Little Train'


Enjoy the spectacular Welsh scenery from the comfort of a 'Little Train'


Llanberis is packed with enough attractions to keep visitors busy for weeks. But first, there’s the lakeside location at the foot of Snowdon. When you’re tired of walking beside the water – which you won’t be – take a ride on two narrow-gauge lines, the Llanberis Lake Railway and Snowdon Mountain Railway. Lots to see and do in lakeside Padarn Country Park. The National Slate Museum recalls Snowdonia’s rich industrial heritage, Electric Mountain invites you into its awesome high-tech underground world, while Dolbadarn Castle takes you back a thousand years to the time of the native Welsh princes. If that isn’t enough there are craft shops and watersports too.


Snowdon Moutain Railway

Journey to the rooftop of Wales

Let Snowdon Mountain Railway take you on a journey of a lifetime to the rooftop of Wales. Snowdon, at 1085m dominates the landscape of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. A true mountain and a place of legend – Snowdon is said to be the burial place of the giant ogre Rhita, vanquished by King Arthur. Some believe that Arthur’s Knights still sleep beneath. Since 1896 visitors have been travelling to Llanberis, to experience the unique rail journey to the Summit of the highest mountain in Wales and England. Claim this mountain peak, the highest in Wales, as a lifetime’s achievement. Come with us and see exactly why Snowdon Mountain Railway has been described as one of the most unique and wonderful railway journeys in the world. With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views it's all part of a great day in North Wales.

Llanberis Lake Railway

Sit back and enjoy a more leisurely way to travel. Let the little steam trains take you on a journey through spectacular scenery right in the heart of Snowdonia. The journey takes you past 13th century Dolbadarn Castle, across rivers and streams and along part of the old slate railway route following the shores of beautiful Lake Padarn. Enjoy magnificent views of Snowdon and the surrounding high peaks from the comfort of your carriage. The five mile return journey takes around 60 minutes, and the trains stop for a few minutes at Cei Llydan mid-way along the lake.



Gwynedd’s county town, home to Wales’s most famous castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mighty Caernarfon Castle commands the lion’s share of attention, but the town’s narrow streets and stylishly redeveloped waterfront also merit a visit. The castle, built in the 13th century by Edward I as a royal palace and military fortress, was at the core of a medieval walled town. Caernarfon was constructed not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and royal palace. The castle's majestic persona is no architectural accident: it was designed to echo the walls of Constantinople, the imperial power of Rome and the dream castle, 'the fairest that ever man saw', of Welsh myth and legend. After all these years Caernarfon's immense strength remains unchanged. Standing at the mouth of the Seiont river, the fortress (with its unique polygonal towers, intimidating battlements and colour banded masonry) dominates the walled town also founded by Edward I. Caernarfon's symbolic status was emphasized when Edward made sure that his son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284. In 1969, the castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.

Welsh Highland Railway

Starting from the historic town of Caernarfon, the Welsh Highland Railway is North Wales' newest narrow-gauge railway and the UK's longest heritage line, operating the world's most powerful narrow gauge steam locomotives. The magnificent scenery of the Snowdonia National Park is best experienced from one of these trains as you sit back and enjoy the view during the 25 mile journey. The railway runs past the foot of Snowdon, to the picture postcard village of Beddgelert, through the beautiful Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog.


The Ffestiniog Railway

The Ffestiniog Railway is the world's oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The company still operate three of the original locomotives - over 150 years old - and original carriages, offering an unrivalled journey back into the golden age of rail travel. The historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round tight bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it.

Betws y Coed

It’s one of those places that never closes, even on a Sunday in deep and dark December. How could it? There’s too much demand. This bustling mountain resort, the official ‘gateway village to Snowdonia’ in a beautiful location amongst woods and riverbanks, has been consistently popular since Victorian times and the coming of the railway. Many attractions, including railway museum, golf course, high ropes adventure, waymarked walks and famous Swallow Falls. Town has an excellent Snowdonia National Park Information Centre with Princes of Gwynedd exhibition, and an outstanding range of shops selling quality crafts, clothing and outdoor gear. 

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria for our journey south to the historic city of Chester, where we have time for lunch & sightseeing before continuing via the north Wales coast to Llanberis & our hotel the Royal Victoria. Here a warm welcome and a hot drink await while your bags are taken to your room. Dinner in the hotel is followed by live entertainment.


Day 2

This morning we head to Caernarfon, time to explore this town dominated by its 13th Century Castle. In the afternoon we join the Welsh Highland Railway for the 25 mile ride to Porthmadog, this has to be one of the most spectacular ways to see the awe-inspiring scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 3

At 3,560ft, Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales. We take a return ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway for a journey to 'the rooftop of Wales' and weather permitting, we will have spectacular views. The Visitor Centre has a gift shop and café and there will be plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and views before we make our descent on board the train. This afternoon, we take a ride on the Llanberis Lake Railway, a narrow gauge railway which follows the shores of Lake Padarn. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

After breakfast, we travel through the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park as we make our way to the seaside town of Porthmadog, via the pretty village of Beddgelert, to board a train on the Ffestiniog Railway. Sit back and relax as we enjoy the 13.5 mile journey with dramatic views of mountains, lakes and waterfalls around every corner. The track climbs 700ft from sea level as we journey towards the slate quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. We return to our coach and make our way to the pretty village of Betws-y-Coed where we make a short stop before returning to our hotel.

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Day 5

Today we leave our hosts at the Royal Victoria Hotel and head back home to Cumbria, stopping off en route at the Albert Dock complex in Liverpool where we have time for lunch and a visit to one of the many attractions. We are due back early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Royal Victoria Hotel

The Royal Victoria Hotel is uniquely located close to Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon, within 30 acres of gardens and woodlands, which include the historic castle of Dolbadarn. Being cradled between two lakes Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris as well as the Welsh mountains the location is quite simply breath taking, and the Snowdon Mountain Railway is right opposite.

The 104 fully equipped ensuite bedrooms at The Royal Victoria Hotel are designed to offer you somewhere comfortable that you can really relax in.

All bedrooms are en-suite with modern decor. They have direct dial telephones, flat screen television with freeview channels, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board and hairdryer. The majority of rooms have bath and shower with a small number of rooms having a shower only.

Look forward to a superb dining experience at the The Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis. During your stay you can enjoy a great selection of food & drink. Enjoy a full Welsh breakfast to help start your day and a 3 course dinner to round it off!

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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