About Snowdon Mountain Railway
Take a once in a lifetime adventure on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, which has been described as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world. Trains depart from Llanberis Station and begin their climb to the Summit of Snowdon, Yr Wyddfa, a journey experienced by some 12 million travellers since 1896.
On a clear day the views can stretch as far as Ireland Hafod Eryri, the UK’s highest visitor centre, 1,085 meters above sea level. With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views, it’s all part of a great day out for you and your family in North Wales.
Travel to the Summit is between late spring and the end of October (exact dates TBC) weather permitting. During the early season (April-May) trains will run to Clogwyn ¾ up the mountain, where the unsheltered viewing platform offers spectacular views to the valleys below.
The railway is due to reopen on the 23rd of March 2024 (weather permitting).The railways exact opening and closing dates are dependent on weather conditions, please check the website for confirmation of operating dates.
Two services are available, the Heritage Steam Experience and the Traditional Diesel Service. Advance booking online is highly recommended.
Special ‘Early Bird’ offer available on the 9am return diesel service throughout the season.
ABOUT SNOWDON MOUNTAIN RAILWAY
Since 1896 the Snowdon Mountain Railway has been welcoming visitors Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon in the Snowdonia National Park, to experience this awe-inspiring journey by rack railway up Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. From the first views of the waterfall plunging into the gorge below at the start of the journey, to the breath-taking sights over the sheer edge of Rocky Valley, every moment is memorable.
THE TRADITIONAL DIESEL SERVICE
Pushed by one of our Hunslet Engine Company diesel locomotives (1985) our diesel carriages (in service 2013) seat 60 passengers, 8 per compartment. Spanning three centuries our railway is acutely aware of our legacy. Modern diesel carriages were built and commissioned to ensure that visitors to North Wales can continue to enjoy our unique Mountain Railway experience for many years to come. Departures leave Llanberis daily from April until the end of October on the hour and on the half hour (weather permitting). Exact opening and closing dates are dependent on weather conditions, please check www.snowdonrailway.co.uk for confirmation of operating dates.
THE HERITAGE STEAM EXPERIENCE
Pushed by one of our original steam locomotives from 1896, our heritage carriages are accurate re-constructions of the original Snowdon Mountain Tramroad & Hotels Co 1896 observation carriages. ‘The Snowdon Lily’ and the ‘The Snowdon Mountain Goat’ are both built on chassis and bogies from the original carriages of 1896. Seating only 34 passengers with a central aisle, in twos and fours, we urge passengers who prefer a little more room to book their trip on a steam service. Departures leave Llanberis from June to mid-September and pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
The journey time to Snowdon Summit is approximately 60 minutes and passengers have a 30 minute stop-over at Hafod Eryri, the UK’s highest visitor. The round trip to Snowdon Summit and back is approximately 2.5 hours in total, which includes the 30 minute stop-over.
The journey time to Clogwyn is approximately 45 minutes and passengers have a 30 minute stop-over at this unsheltered station to take in the views and fresh mountain air. The round trip to Clogwyn and back is approximately 2 hours in total, which includes the 30 minute stop-over. Please be aware that there are no facilities at Clogwyn, or on-board the trains.
MAKE A DAY OF IT
Why not arrive a little before your scheduled departure time and see what our Station at Llanberis has to offer. Relax in our flower-lined forecourt and take in the views of the surrounding mountains, soaking up the sights and sounds of billowing steam in the heart of Snowdonia.
The station gift shop is housed in the original Booking Hall from 1896. The original beams are exposed, and Victorian shop fittings were sourced to enhance the stations heritage. The shop has a selection of authentic Welsh products including locally crafted ales and spirits, unique Snowdon Mountain Railway souvenirs, clothing and Celtic jewellery.
THE STATION BUFFET & PLATFORM GRILL
Our fully licensed Station Buffet and Platform Grill serve a tasty variety of hot and cold snacks from burgers, hot dogs and fries to delicious sandwiches. Hot and cold drinks and a selection of cakes from the local bakery are also available throughout the day, you can even enjoy a Whippy or soft scoop ice cream from our vintage ice cream tram.
With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views, it’s all part of a great day out for you and your family in North Wales.