The Llanberis Lake Railway is one of several great attractions in Llanberis, the lakeside village at the foot of Snowdon. There’s so much to see and do, and something for everyone. The new Ropes and Ladders high wire course for the more adventurous; an ancient Castle, a Power Station hidden deep inside a mountain, and reminders of the once thriving slate industry in the Old Quarry Hospital and National Slate Museum. Then there’s the picturesque Padarn Country Park with its waymarked woodland and lakeside walks, and various activities including boat trips and rowing boats on Lake Padarn. And of course the best way to get from one to another is aboard our little train.
Our Hunslet steam engines, which spent the earlier part of their working careers at the nearby Dinorwic Slate Quarry, will take you on a timeless journey where you can enjoy an hour long scenic ride along the shores of Padarn Lake, where the narrow-gauge steam trains pass the thirteenth-century Dolbadarn Castle, before entering Padarn Country Park and joining the historic 1845 slate railway route, with superb mountain views that open up as the train runs along the North side of Padarn Lake on its outward journey to Penllyn.
You can enjoy the train ride from Llanberis to Penllyn at the head of the lake, and on the return journey, get off at tranquil Cei Llydan, mid-way along the lake, to make use of the lakeside picnic tables. Visit Wales chose this spot as one of the country’s top ten places for a picnic, combining “the fun of an old-fashioned picnic with the romance of a ride on a vintage train”. Passengers can break their journey at Gilfach Ddu to visit the fascinating Slate Museum or go for a stroll along one of the Country Park’s many way-marked woodland or lakeside paths. You could also watch the train driver as he fills the tanks with water and stokes the fire at Gilfach Ddu Station, ready for the next journey while visiting our café for a drink or a bite to eat.