Take this train journey to see exactly why Snowdon Mountain Railway has been described as one of the most wonderful railway journeys in the world…
Since 1896 visitors have been travelling to Llanberis, to experience this unique journey by train to the Summit of the highest mountain in Wales. A true mountain and place of legend, take this journey and see exactly why Snowdon Mountain Railway has been described as one of the most wonderful railway journeys in the world. With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views, it’s all part of a great day out for you and your family in North Wales.
Leaving the station in Llanberis, trains travel to the Summit of Snowdon 1,085m above sea level. From the first views of the waterfall plunging into the gorge below at the start of the journey, to the breath-taking sights over the sheer edge of Rocky Valley, every moment is memorable.
One of the world’s greatest panoramas is revealed as the train reaches the Summit. On arrival, you can explore Hafod Eryri – the UK’s highest visitor centre, enjoy a hot snack from the café and venture to the cairn, where on clear days the views can stretch as far as Ireland.
From above the clouds, standing at the Summit of the highest mountain in Wales, both young and old can embrace the invigorating atmosphere of Eryri – Land of the Eagles.
Subject to weather conditions and passenger demand, the railway operates daily from April until the end of October. The exact opening and closing dates are dependent on weather conditions, check the railway’s website for confirmation of operating dates.
Travel to the Summit is between late spring and the end of October (weather permitting). During the early season (April-May) trains will run to Clogwyn ¾ up the mountain, where the viewing platform offers spectacular views to the valleys below.
You can choose to travel on either the Heritage Steam Experience or Traditional Diesel Service.
Experience the nostalgic pleasure of steam and travel the way our ancestors did on an award-winning heritage carriage, pushed by an original 1896 Swiss steam locomotive. Both The Snowdon Lily and The Mountain Goat visit Hafod Eryri at the Summit of Snowdon from late spring to mid-September, and the Heritage Steam Experience is exactly as it was back in 1896.
Or travel in style on one of the contemporary diesel carriages, pushed by traditional diesel locomotives from 1985. Take advantage of the special ‘Early Bird’ offer available on the 9am return service throughout the season. Departures leave Llanberis daily from April until the end of October. The railway’s exact closing date is confirmed later in the year, check the website for the last operational day.
Before your train departs, take some time to relax in the flower-lined forecourt and soak up the sights and sounds of billowing steam in the heart of Snowdonia, before beginning your journey up through the clouds to Yr Wyddfa, Snowdon.
The station gift shop is housed in the original Booking Hall from 1896 and offers a selection of authentic Welsh products including locally crafted ales and spirits, unique Snowdon Mountain Railway souvenirs, clothing and Celtic jewellery.
The fully licensed Station Buffet and Platform Grill serve a tasty variety of snacks, beverages, and cakes, you can even enjoy a Whippy or soft scoop ice cream from the vintage ice cream tram.
There’s also a film theatre showing spectacular drone footage of Snowdon Mountain Railway, where you can watch the journey from Llanberis up Snowdon and take in the beautiful mountain scenery from above.
Climbing to Wales’ highest peak on this iconic narrow-gauge railway is the ultimate bucket-list experience in North Wales. Pre-booking is recommended.
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