Vale of Rheidol Railway Wales
Vale of Rheidol Railway Park Avenue, Aberystwyth,, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG
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What we offer on a school trip
The Vale of Rheidol Railway is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales, running between Aberystwyth on the Cambrian coast and Devils Bridge.
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 Century. 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. Our new Pine Marten Den will give you a close up of this carnivore that nearly became extinct.
Devil’s Bridge: Once you arrive at the end of the line, the famous waterfalls have stories to tell, especially the legend of Devil’s Bridge (3 bridges cross a gorge. The 2 bridges above were built at later dates. They say that the lowest one was built by the Devil himself!)
Sarah Bunton’s award winning chocolate shop is across from the station for an extra special treat.