Vale of Rheidol Railway Wales
Vale of Rheidol Railway Park Avenue, Aberystwyth,, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG
MONTHS OPENFebruary, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
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.
What makes us a great choice?
We are able to provide a wide range of informative activities to keep the children interested and entertained linking to the National Curriculum as well as exercise and role play.
Accreditation and Awards
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 is typically included?
On our Evacuee trains, primary school children can step back in time and relive those historic moments of being an evacuee. Volunteers share their memories of what they experienced in the war. Traditional jam sandwiches and squash are served at our café in Devil’s Bridge, while the children have a chance to ask questions.
Talks on the history of the railway can be arranged enroute giving you an insight to how the railway ran many years ago.
Our workshop tours can also cater for students interested in engineering, with many engines and carriages being restored by apprentices. Our viewing gallery gives all ages a chance to see what happens behind the scenes.
There are various walks into the beautiful forests and stunning valley that encompass the railway. Our new Pine Marten Den will give children an insight into a once rare mammal and they can follow informative paths down to Rhiwfron station where they can catch the train back to Aberystwyth.
Why not treat the children to a day out with Santa? Travel with him and Mrs Claus and listen to stories and songs in the medium of welsh and english. A special gift for each child will be given.
At Devil’s Bridge children can get up close to the engine and learn how it moves and even look around the cab. Maybe sound the whistle. Our small engine can let children take control under supervision and drive a train. (By special arrangement only)
Group Sizes Catered For
Depending on the type of tour you require, we can take up to 150 students.
Lets us know your requirements and we can provide you with a competitive package.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Risk Assessment Details
An outline risk assessment is available on request.
£7 per child, 1 teacher per 10 students travels free (additional staff travels at adult party fare)
Waterproof clothing appropriate in case of wet weather.
First Aid Information
Yes, we have first aid trained staff.
2 terminal stations (Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge) both with booking office, shop and toilets. Café at Devil’s Bridge (Two Hoots) Picnic tables at both sites.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Disabled toilets and a newly designed carriage for wheelchairs. Folded manual wheelchairs can be conveyed in the Guard’s Van. We have a large car park with easy access for wheelchairs.
We have induction loops available in booking office.