Railway Retreats in Snowdonia, Wales

Railway Retreats in Snowdonia, Wales

We are delighted to be able to offer a brand new Retreat package. Railway Retreats are for those with a passion for steam trains and are in association with Talyllyn Railway. There are four different types of retreat and they make the perfect gift.

Each of the Railway Retreats include a two night stay for two in our best available room. Breakfast on both days, a cream tea on arrival and a three course evening meal on one evening plus one of the four options below.

Talyllyn Birthday or Anniversary Retreat
This retreat is for a group of people who want to celebrate a special occasion with a memorable experience.The package is flexible, according to needs and the railway’s timetable for the date chosen, and includes:

  • Tour of the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
  • Lunch in the ‘King's Licensed Café’ at Wharf
  • Tour of Pendre Works and Shed
  • Train Ride
  • Footplate Ride for the Special Guest (Adults only)
  • Afternoon Tea at Abergynolwyn
  • A ride in the guards van for the Special Guest

Travel for small parties of guests will be reserved in First Class accommodation, but we can also cater for larger parties. Please note that the Special Guest has to be 16 or over to comply with Health and Safety legislation.
Your day at the railway will finish at 5.10pm and then make your way back to Dolffanog to relax before a delicious 3 course meal including a birthday/celebration cake.

Price: £165 per person

Train Driver Retreats

Accompanied and guided by an experienced Talyllyn Driver, you will take the regulator of one of our famous locomotives from the shed at Tywyn Pendre for either one or two trips to the end of the line at Nant Gwernol and back.

For all experiences, single-line operation safety requirements apply and tokens are exchanged at every block post. This allows practice at stopping and starting the train. During breaks it will be possible to discuss the history of the line, its operation and its continued development - the questions are yours to ask. At least three, fully qualified Talyllyn Railway members (a Driver, Fireman and Guard) will accompany the train and its party at all times.

There are three packages available, ‘Daylight Evening’ and 'Afternoon' giving one return trip, and ‘All Day’ with two return trips. You will haul a normal rake of coaches in which your guests may travel, and food will be provided during the trip for yourself and your party.

Each experience is tailored to suit, and Talyllyn Railway are well used to organising one as a surprise for the recipient, so don’t be afraid to ask! The experience may be tailored to your special event and we will do our utmost to accommodate any special requirements that fit with you or the occasion.

On arrival the Guest Driver will meet the crew, and the Talyllyn Driver will give you a safety briefing, and will make sure that you are well prepared. For the full day experience, there will be the opportunity to help your crew to prepare the locomotive at the start of the day, and to enjoy the atmosphere in the shed, which is the oldest steam shed in continuous use.

To ensure the success of the day, a simple Medical Questionnaire will need to be completed. Good eyesight (with glasses if required) and hearing are obviously important, as is the ability to climb into and out of the cab!

The small size of our narrow gauge locos means that only one visitor can be on the locomotive at a time, so our Driver Experience trains really are exclusive - the whole of each trip is yours. 


Full Day Train Driver Retreat- £800
Daylight Evening - £550
Afternoon £500

The above prices include the Talyllyn Train Driver Experience as outlined above plus 2 nights B&B for 2  people here at Dolffanog, a Welsh Cream Tea and 2 course evening meal.

Please contact us by phone or email if you are interested in making a booking as we will need to liaise with Talyllyn Railway to make sure your required dates are available. It may be worth having some “back up dates”.
For more information on the Train Driver Experiences you can contact de@talyllyn.co.uk or phone 01654 710472 or find more information here 


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