The Llanberis Lake Railway is a narrow gauge return journey around the edge of Lake Padarn, pulled by vintage steam engines retrieved (and reconditioned) from Dinorwic slate quarries. The 5 mile journey (not including stops) will be around 60 minutes, so generally even younger kids can go the distance and enjoy the day.
You'll pass the Dolbadarn Castle and the Twin Lakes, plus it runs through Padarn Country Park and offers outstanding views of Snowdon. Fairy-tale fare for kids who can sit still!
The journey stops at Cei Llydan picnic spot and again at The Slate Museum at Gilfach Ddu, where you can either look around the museum or watch the driver putting water into the engine and stoking the fire, depending on your family level of Trainspotter! The gift shop and cafe are also here so you may want to split forces if you're in need of coffee.
There is wheelchair access available on the ride but spaces for this are limited so book ahead in this instance. There are loos but they're not on site, they're next door at the edge of the Country Park, but they do include a disabled access toilet as well.
Once you're done here there's actually a surprising amount to do in the area (check the listings!) including boat trips and rowing boat hire on the main lake. So there are loads of ways to extend your day without having to travel much further afield.
February - December
Please see website for details
Rheilffordd Llyn Padarn, Gilfach Ddu,
The Llanberis Lake Railway has not told us about their parking.
Yes, there are toilets and accessible toilets.
No, there are no baby changing facilities.
Yes, you can bring a picnic.
Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.
Yes, The Llanberis Lake Railway is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.
No, The Llanberis Lake Railway have stated they are not pushchair friendly.
The Llanberis Lake Railway has not told us if they are dog friendly.
Anything else I should know?
There is an onsite shop