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Snowdon Mountain Railway
Claim this mountain peak, the highest in Wales, as a lifetime’s achievement. With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views it's all part of a great day out for you and your family in North Wales.
For more than 114 years holiday makers and day trippers have been appreciating the truly spectacular views they have experienced while claiming the ascent of Snowdon as a lifetime adventure. As the train climbs through the atmospheric landscape of Snowdon passengers can absorb themselves in the rich myth, legend and history Snowdonia has to offer.
Based on Victorian engineering Snowdon Mountain Railway is the only public rack and pinion railway in the United Kingdom and a true majestic mountain adventure.
The new Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre, Hafod Eryri, opened in 2009. Sympathetically designed to complement the landscape, this landmark building, designed by Ray Hole architects, grows out of the mountain and features spectacular panoramic windows giving travellers to Hafod Eryri unimpaired views across the mighty Snowdonia range and the Irish Sea, with newly accessible views to the summit cairn only feet above the building. A warm welcome is further assured by the stunning Welsh Oak interior where visitors are given protection beneath the cloud-like granite roof.
Much more than just a train ride
As well as your Mountain Top Adventure on Britain’s highest rack railway, there is so much more to see and do at Snowdon Mountain Railway. Browse through the range of quality gifts, souvenirs and clothing on sale at the Station Gift Shop and in the new Summit Visitor Centre. Indulge your taste buds with a tempting selection of Welsh produce freshly cooked at the Taste of Wales Platform Grill or sit down to a hearty meal, or just a hot drink and a sandwich, in the Llanberis Café. Also, before your train departs, make time to experience our audiovisual presentation ‘To The Summit of Snowdon’, absolutely free, to all passengers in the Snowdon Theatre.
Operating Days 2013
Tickets for the train can be purchased in the ticket office at Llanberis Station or in advance online or by telephone. The telephone booking line opens at 1.00pm daily. Please note advance bookings by internet or telephone cannot be made on the day of travel.
During school holidays, or on fine weather days, the railway can be extremely busy and advanced booking is recommended. On very busy days all trains may be sold out by mid-morning. If you have not pre-booked tickets, avoid unnecessary travel and disappointment by calling 0844 493 8120 to check availability.
Trains - Our Traditional Diesel Service with our stunning new carriages will only ever be driven with a diesel locomotive. Our Heritage Steam Experience* will be the rebuilt original Victorian carriage design and an original steam locomotive
* Available from June 2013
Weather permitting trains will run every day from 16th March 2013 to the 3rd November 2013. From March to Early May trains will terminate at Clogwyn (subject to winter weather conditions). The Summit Station is the usual destination between May and the end of the season. When the summit is the destination passengers are not allowed to board or disembark at any other passing point.
Booking - Avoid disappointment and book tickets in advance. Bookings can be made in advance by telephone or www.snowdonrailway.co.uk with a credit or debit card and there is an administration charge per booking. Please note telephone bookings cannot be made on the same day as travel.
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|Notes||Dates open: March 19th - 3rd November (daily weather permitting).
Opening times: 8:30 am to mid/late afternoon (dependent on demand). Trains run from 9:00am subject to passenger demand. The trains may be either steam or diesel hauled.
0844 4938 120
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VenueSnowdon Mountain Railway
Rheilffordd yr Wyddfa, LL55 4TT
Map reference: SH 585602 Lat: 53.12015 Long: -4.11585
7.5 miles from Caernarfon, 10 miles from Bangor, 17 miles from Betws y Coed.
Nearest mainline railway station - Bangor (North Wales Coast line) 9 miles North.
Parking : with charge
Accessible by Public Transport : 9 miles (14.5 kms) from Bangor station
Make time to visit our free Audio Visual Theatre presentation for a taste of the majestic mountain top adventure.
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Self-assessed accessibility details
- Designated parking for guests with disabilities
- Within 50 metres approx. of entrance
- The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
- is solid
- is gravel
- Drop-off point for guests outside entrance
- The route from the parking area to the entrance:
- Is flat (i.e. without steps)
- Steps to the main entrance
- 3Number of steps to entrance
- Handrail by steps
- Ramp to entrance
- Handrail by ramp
- Entrance is well lit
- Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
- From the entrance to reception / ticket area
- To a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
- To the gift shop
- Good contrast between the floor and walls
- Contrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
- Baby changing facilities
- Visitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
- Visitor information available in audio format
- Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
- Good contrast between the floor and walls
- Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
- Seating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
- High chairs for children
- Seating available for visitors with limited mobility
- Clear signage
- Effective lighting for visually impaired visitors
- Good colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
- Wheelchairs provided
- Routes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
- Displays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
- Audible alarm system
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