Great Little Trains of North Wales

Holiday Highlights

  • Travel on 11 preserved narrow gauge railways
  • Enjoy spectacular scenery as you journey through areas of outstanding beauty
  • Free time in Welshpool
  • Time to explore the coastal towns of Caernarfon, Porthmadog and Aberystwyth
  • 11 days from £1,395pp
Tailor this tour for independent travel

Tour Dates:
Wednesday 10 May to Saturday 20 May 2023

Wales is famous for its narrow gauge railways, all of which are historically important. They also operate in areas of outstanding natural beauty making this tour appealing to a wide range of interests.


Day 1 – Welcome to Caernarfon

Arrive in the historic port town of Caernarfon in time to check into the Celtic Royal, our base for the next 2 nights. Why not arrive early and independently visit Edward I's famous castle with its polygonal towers? Ffestiniog Travel can arrange rail travel to join this tour, please ask for a quotation.

Day 2 – Snowdon Mountain & Llanberis Lake Railways

Travel by coach to Llanberis and take the train to the summit of Snowdon (weather permitting). After returning to Llanberis we make a return journey on the 2ft gauge Llanberis Lake Railway and return to Caernarfon by coach.

Day 3 – Welsh Highland Railway

Today we take the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon travelling up through Dinas and Waunfawr, over the railways highest peak at Pitts Head and through the forest of Meillionen before traversing the picturesque Aberglaslyn Pass to Porthmadog for a 2-night stay.

Day 4 – Ffestiniog Railway & Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

This morning we make a return journey on the 2ft narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog. After a break for lunch, we ride the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway and include a visit to the workshops at Gelert’s Farm.

Day 5 – Bala Lake & Corris Railways

A morning transfer to Welshpool. En route we visit the Bala Lake Railway and enjoy a delightful 9-mile journey along the banks of Llyn Tegid before continuing to Corris for a return journey on the Corris Railway. We stay in Welshpool for 3 nights.

Day 6 – Welshpool at Leisure

A full day to explore this market town at leisure. Whether you choose to admire the Georgian buildings, visit Powysland Museum, Powis Castle or walk the canal, the day is yours.

Day 7 – Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

Today we visit the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway and journey through the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. This line was built in 1901 to connect the villages along the Banwy valley before falling into decline and eventually closing in 1956. We make a return journey on the restored line from Welshpool to Llanfair Caereinion.

Day 8 – Fairbourne Railway

After a leisurely breakfast we depart Welshpool for Aberystwyth. En-route we stop off to visit the Fairbourne Railway. The railway has been running from Fairbourne village to the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary, connecting with the ferry across the harbour to Barmouth, for over 100 years. The railway is also home to a museum and an indoor model railway with a large G-Scale layout. We make a return journey on the line before continuing onwards to Aberystwyth.

Day 9 – Vale of Rheidol

We make a return journey on the Vale of Rheidol this morning. This 2ft line runs 11 ¾ miles from Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge and was built to carry timber and lead ore to the harbour town. The afternoon is free to explore this university town or perhaps take a ride on the cliff railway at Constitution Hill.

Day 10 – Talyllyn Railway

This morning we board the mainline travelling to Machynlleth where we make a change of trains and travel onwards to Tywyn to ride the Talyllyn Railway, the first railway in the world to be preserved as a heritage railway by volunteers in 1951. After making a return journey on the steam railway we return on the mainline via Machynlleth to Aberystwyth.

Day 11 – Farewell

After a leisurely breakfast we bid our farewells and head home independently.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

The Celtic Royal, Caernarfon

The Royal Sportsman, Porthmadog

Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool

Marine Hotel, Aberystwyth

Please note - hotel can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • All rail travel as stated in standard class
  • Return journeys on 11 Narrow Gauge Railways
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Eight sandwich lunches
  • Transfers as stated
  • Services of a tour leader throughout the holiday

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £1,395
Single room supplement: £470
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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Why Choose Ffestiniog Travel?

  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
  • Created for people who love rail holidays and exploring the world’s heritage railways
  • Dedicated rail holiday specialist - great destinations, sightseeing and unparalled railway content
  • Train ticket supplier for worldwide rail operators - we can plan and arrange your rail journey to anywhere
  • Knowledge of the world’s rail routes makes us leading specialists in escorted and Tailor Made rail holidays
  • Over 60% of our existing rail tour travellers return to holiday with us year after year
  • Committed to supporting rail travel and heritage railways around the world
  • Our profits support the continued preservation of the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Small, dedicated rail holiday travel team offering an award winning personal service

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