Llanberis Lake Railway

Welcome to Llanberis Lake Railway

We have some great news here at Llanberis Lake Railway

We are very excited to announce that we will be re-opening our doors for the first time in over six months on the 19th May. Yes you heard right, The 19th of May! We are very much looking forward to seeing all of you back here and our heritage steam trains back in action doing what they do best, taking you on a leisurely trip along the shores of beautiful Padarn Lake in the heart of Snowdonia, giving us the stunning views of magnificent Mount Snowdon, the wonderful Eryri mountains and over to Llanberis Village.
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Welcome to Llanberis Lake Railway

Discover the timeless appeal of our narrow-gauge steam trains - a more leisurely way to travel and the perfect way to savour the grandeur of Snowdonia.

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Good to Go

We are very pleased to receive our ‘Good to Go’ recognition of having followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes have been put in place to maintain cleanliness and aid of social and physical distancing.

You can book tickets online for the train of your choice up to the day before travel. We always have seats available on the day, but at busy times these can book up quickly! ...
  • You can book tickets online for the train of your choice up to the day before travel. We always have seats available on the day, but at busy times these can book up quickly! ...
  • February 19th - 21st 2020. Visit the annual Model Railway Exhibition at the National Slate Museum, adjacent to our Gilfach Ddu station. See the models then ride on the real thing!
  • April 11 - 13th 2020. Hunt for the Easter Eggs cunningly hidden around the railway and stations. Prizes for the kids. Look out for the White Rabbit!
  • August 10th - August 14th 2020 - Kids, come dressed as your favourite Super Hero, cartoon or Disney character and you can travel free of charge!
  • October 25th - 31st 2020 - Dare you ride the ghostly train through the Witches Woods to seek out the spirits and spooks?
  • December 6th, 12th/13th, 19th/20th 2020 - A decision with regards to our Santa Trains for 2020 will be made by the middle of September based on the current Government guidelines on social distancing and Heath and Safety advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Welcome to Llanberis Lake Railway

Our little steam engines take you on a five-mile return journey alongside Lake Padarn, right in the heart of Snowdonia.

The journey takes you past the 13th century Dolbadarn Castle, across possibly Britain's shortest river and past Llanberis' twin lakes. From Llanberis the train runs non-stop through the Padarn Country Park, joining the 1845 slate railway route to run along the shores of Lake Padarn to Penllyn, and giving stunning views of Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales.

There's a short stop at Cei Llydan, a beautifully tranquil place that's ideal for a lakeside picnic, and at Gilfach Ddu, where you can visit the National Slate Museum, watch the driver stoking the fire, the engine taking water, or spend some time in our gift shop and cafe.

The five mile return trip takes around 60 minutes, and all advertised trains are scheduled to be hauled by one of our vintage steam engines rescued from the nearby Dinorwic slate quarries and lovingly restored.

All our trains have wheelchair accommodation, but spaces are limited, so please let us know you are coming. Toilets, including disabled access, are situated nearby in the Country Park.

The Train Journey

Most of our passengers begin their journey at either Gilfach Ddu station, in Padarn Country Park or at Llanberis Station, now that the line has been extended. As it’s been our traditional terminus, we’ll start the journey at Gilfach Ddu.

If you arrive by car, you will find plenty of parking in the pay and display car park operated by Gwynedd Council. This serves the railway, the slate museum and several other attractions in Padarn Country Park. Before you make your way to the station, take a moment to think if you were here 200 years ago, you would be standing in the middle of the lake, as the whole of the car park and the area known as Gilfach Ddu is reclaimed land as a result of the quarry tipping slate waste into the only available space at the time, the lake. Would that be allowed today?

Tickets for the train ride are sold in the Station Building, as is a range of gifts,books, souvenirs and refreshments.

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