Fodor's Expert Review Snowdon Mountain Railway

Llanberis Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) Fodor's Choice

One of the region's most famous attractions is the rack-and-pinion Snowdon Mountain Railway, with some of its track at a thrillingly steep grade. The 3,560-foot-high Snowdon—Yr Wyddfa in Welsh—is the highest peak south of Scotland and lies within the 840-square-mile national park. Weather permitting, trains go all the way to the summit; on a clear day you can see as far as the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland, about 90 miles away. You can take two types of train: a modern diesel-driven version, or the brand-new "heritage" version, complete with restored carriages and working steam engine. From mid-March to May, or in times of high winds, the journey is truncated so you don't get all the way up to the summit; if so, tickets are a few pounds cheaper. Tickets can sell out early on busy days, so try to book in advance.

Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) Fodor's Choice Family

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Llanberis, LL55 4TY, Wales


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Diesel service: £27 round-trip; Heritage service: £35 round-trip, Mid-Mar.–Oct., daily; call for schedule

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