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Location: 52 58N 3 10W; UK National Grid Ref: SJ 214 422

Enquiries to:
Llangollen Railway, The Station, Abbey Road, LLANGOLLEN, Denbighshire, United Kingdom. LL20 8SN

Tel: +44 (0)1978 860979.

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The Llangollen Railway is the only preserved standard-gauge railway in Mid and North Wales. The eight mile route runs along the Dee Valley from Llangollen to Carrog, and is part of the former Great Western Railway's line from Ruabon to Barmouth (see also the Bala Lake Railway). Work is ongoing to extend the line to Corwen in time for the Steam, Steel and Stars event in April.

The stations on the Llangollen Railway are:
Llangollen, which has a cafe, shop and riverside picnic area. There is also the Railway's main locomotive area.
Nearby are the Dr Who exhibition and ECTARC - the European Centre for Traditional and Regional Cultures.

From the Wharf there are boat rides on the Llangollen canal. Combined boat/rail trips are available.

At Berwyn the cafe, shop and toilets are open at weekends, and during bank and school holidays.
From Berwyn the railway passes through Berwyn Tunnel before approaching Deeside Halt. A request stop only, the Halt provides footpath access to the riverside.
Over the level crossing and the next station is Glyndyfrdwy. Again there is a shop, cafe and toilets (including a toilet for the disabled), and also a children's play area. In the village is a Post Office and Public House.
Carrog, the terminus of the railway, has the same facilities as Glyndyfrdwy, as well as coach and car parks and a camp site.

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2013 Opening days, times and fares

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Special Events 2013

March 23rd Diesel Day
April 13th Real Ale Train
April 19th - 21st
Spring Steam Gala
May 11th Murder Mystery: Casanova and the Masquerade Mystery
May 19th
Teddy Bears' Picnic
June 1st and 2nd
Day out with Thomas
June 8th
Real Ale train
June 22nd and 23rd
Heritage Railcar Gala
July 6th and 7th
Classic Transport Weekend
July 13th Murder Mystery:
Peace, Love and Murder?
July 27th and 28th
1960s Weekend
August 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Day out with Thomas
August 25th and 26th
Classic Transport Weekend
August 30th, 31st and  September 1st
Autumn Steam Gala
September  14th Murder Mystery:
Miss Maple gets in a Jam
September 21st
Diesel Day
October 12th
Real Ale Train
October 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th
Day out with Thomas
October 31st 
Fright Night on the Ghost Train
November 2nd
Murder Mystery: Pirates of Carrogdean - The Dead Man's case
November 3rd Ride the Rocket Firework train
December 7th Real Ale Train
Timings and fares for Christmas Specials are advertised closer to the event. Contact the railway for details.

Fares 2013

Standard Return (one return trip on day of purchase): Adults 12.00, Seniors 10.00; Children 6.00; Family 30.00; Dogs/Bicycles 1.00
All Day Rover (unlimited travel on day of purchase): Adults 14.00, Seniors 12.00; Children 7.00; Family 36.00; Dogs/Bicycles 1.00

Contact the railway for details of Special Event fares.

Party Fares
Are available for groups of ten or more. Contact the Railway for details.
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Nearby attractions

The Llangollen Canal runs along the northern slopes of the Dee Valley, and the wharf is a few hundred yards from Llangollen station.
On the canal is one of the most spectacular structures on the waterways of Britain: the Pontcysyllte aqueduct, reopened in March 2005 after a major refurbishment. Engineered by Thomas Telford, nineteen graceful arches carry a 1000ft section of the canal soaring 121ft above the River Dee. Canal boats may be hired for the week or longer for holidays along the canal, which is part of the extensive Shropshire waterways.

Every summer, Llangollen attracts professional and amateur singers and dancers from around the world for the week-long International Eisteddfod. This colourful cultural event takes place in July.

Llangollen is overlooked by the mysterious ruin of Dinas Bran Castle, an early Welsh fortification with links to the Arthurian legend. Also from the 12th century, Valle Crucis Abbey stands two miles from the town. In early-English style, it was the last abbey to built in Wales by monks of the Cistercian Order.

Plas Newydd was the home of the famed Ladies of Llangollen who scandalised and intrigued society in the late 18th/early 19th century.
The daughters of two wealthy Irish families - one Protestant and one Irish - the ladies eloped and for fifty years made their home together in Llangollen. Almost as much an attraction on the Grand Tour of Europe as the scenery, the canal and castle ruins, the ladies received a steady stream of visitors intrigued by their eccentric and daring lifestyle. Plas Newydd is now a museum of the artefacts collected by the Ladies through their many and varied interests.

How to get there

Llangollen is located at the junction of the A5 Corwen-Oswestry road and the A539 road from Ruthin. It is five miles away from the national railway network station at Ruabon from where an hourly (two hourly on Sundays) bus service operates.
There is also a half-hourly bus shuttle and other services from Wrexham.
Bus times are available from Bryn Melyn Coaches on +44 (0)1978 860701.

For details of connecting services, including travel planner and timetables, visit the Traveline Cymru website.

Select the link to visit the Llangollen Railway's official Web Site.

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