Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Vale of Rheidol Railway, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth,, Ceredigion SY23 1PG

Contact: 01970 625819



The Vale of Rheidol Railway is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales, running between Aberystwyth on the Cambrian coast and Devils Bridge.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
The train: The railway opened in 1902 and has been transporting visitors in its 1923 vintage carriages for over a century. A trip on this Edwardian Heritage Railway is a wonderful occasion to know more about history. The journey starts in the coastal town of Aberystwyth in the heart of Cardigan Bay and runs for twelve miles to Devil’s Bridge in the Cambrian Mountains.

The valley: The Rheidol valley has a rich history as it hosted a lead ore mine which has been in operation throughout the 19th until the beginning of the 20th. The railway was used to transport the extracted ore and also wood which was used for pit props in the South Wales coal mines.

Wildlife: Apart from the historical angle, you can enjoy stunning scenery and views along the way and even see some birds of prey such as Red Kite and Buzzards soaring high above the valley.

Devil’s Bridge: Once arrived at the end of the line, the waterfalls also has stories to tell, especially the legend of Devil’s Bridge (3 bridges cross a gorge. The 2 bridges above were built at latest dates. They say that the lowest one was built by the Devil himself)

Evacuee train: Linking in with the National Curriculum, the railway can operate living history trains to bring a flavour of 1940’s Britain. During their visit, they will meet with genuine evacuees who will share their memories with them and a 1940 themed menu will be served at the Two Hoots Tea Room. We encourage students to wear period dress.

Do you have the LOTC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
We don’t but we are a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction from Visit Wales (VAQAS). We have been awarded with the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Winner of the National Coach Tourism award in 2016.

What does a typical educational visit include?
Departure from Aberystwyth station, trip on the train (a 12 miles/1 hour journey of stunning scenery, listening to the sound of the locomotive climbing the hill) and then arrival at Devil’s Bridge station where passengers can enjoy a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake at the Two Hoots Tea Room or a visit to the famous Devil’s Bridge Waterfalls.

What group sizes do you cater for?
Up to 150 people.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
An outline risk assessment is available on request.

What is the cost of the visit?
£7 per child, 1 teacher per 10 students travels free (additional staff travels at adult party fare)

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
No, however waterproof clothing appropriate in case of wet weather.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Yes, we have first aid trained staff.

Please list facilities available.
2 terminal stations (Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge), both with booking offices and shops, picnic area at the Two hoots Tea Room (Devil’s Bridge).

What are your disabled facilities?
Yes, we have induction loops available in booking office, vintage carriages in operation with a step from platform into carriage. These may not be suitable for wheelchair users who need to remain in their chair. Folded manual wheelchairs can be conveyed in the Guard’s Van.

What are your opening days and hours?
From 11th February to 23rd December (8:30am to 5:30pm). Trains run to a timetable, for departures times, please see


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Heritage Railways

Curriculum Topics Covered: History Leisure & Tourism

Months Open: February March April May June July August September October November December