Steam Train Tours of Wales
Cultural, Historic and Scenic Photo Friendly Tour Up to 8 Hours Featuring a variety of interesting tour content and attractions

All aboard for a great steam train tour of wales

For all steam train enthusiasts, this tour enables you to get around and link up with the very best steam railways in North Wales! A blast of the whistle and the hiss of steam and you’re away! Sit back, relax and let us take you on a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery … Discover the timeless appeal of our narrow-gauge steam trains and savor the grandeur of North Wales. No two railways are the same and they all offer a unique experience of a bygone era. The special attraction of narrow gauge railways lies in their modest size compared with the main line ones and their leisurely speed gives time to take in some of the splendid scenery. Our steam train tours are tailor made to meet your own specific needs, working around the operating timetables of each railway company. We feature three different steam railway touring days and the great benefit in taking our Steam Railway tours is that you can take in two or even three different journeys in one day, as we link you quickly and efficiently between the railway stations operating companies. Our most popular scenic Steam Railway Tour features the unique Snowdon Mountain Railway, along with oldest operating railway company , the Ffestiniog Railway. Then there's the stunning 25 mile ride through the Snowdonia National Park with the Welsh Highland Railway. Before moving onto the southern region of Snowdonia, with the historic Talyllyn Railway, Corris Railway and the stunning Vale of Rheidol Railway, which officially sits in Mid Wales. To cap off the perfect steam train experience, make time also for the Llangollen Railway and the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway. All tours are subject to the operating conditions of the railway company and we will check and advise on each of the railway operating timetables and professionally plan and design your touring day to suit you. That is the beauty of taking a private tour!


Please note that this is menu of tour options which are dependent on the railway operating schedules for your chosen dates. So every tour we create is custom designed to suit your own individual requirements.

Ffestiniog Railway
Truly one of the best ‘Great Little Railways’ of Wales and officially the oldest operating independent railway company in the World! This two foot gauge railway opened originally in 1836 and is a 13 ½ mile journey from the coast at Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The train journey climbs over 700 feet up into the mountains and provides beautiful scenic views of the Snowdonia National Park.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Described as one of the most unique and wonderful railway journeys in the world. The railway is the only rack and pinion railway operating n Britain and climbs to the summit of Mount Snowdon (3,560 feet) the highest Mountain in England and Wales! Most trips operate with diesel locomotives, but if you want to make it a very special journey and enjoy the original steam journey, the Snowdon Mountain Railway offer a special unique ‘Heritage Steam Experience’ which is operated by one of the original three working steam locomotives from 1896.
Welsh Highland Railway
The UK’s longest heritage railway with a track that runs 25 miles from coast to coast through the scenic Snowdonia National Park. Enjoy the site of the huge Beyer-Garratts engines, which are the largest steam locmotives that operate on a narrow gauge railway anywhere in the world! The journey itself is one of the most spectacular ways to see the awe-inspiring scenery of the Snowdonia National Park and routes from Caernarfon, around the foot of Mount Snowdon, passing lakes and routing through the scenic village of Beddgelert and the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass.
Llanberis Lakeside Railway
Llanberis Lakeside Railway: A very popular small railway track featuring little steam engines vintage steam engines rescued from the nearby Dinorwic slate quarries and lovingly restored. Originally built as a railway to export the slate from the Dinorwic Quarry, the line now features a journey alongside Lake Padarn and provides magnificent views of Snowdon and the surrounding high peaks.
Bala Lakeside Railway
Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake Railway) offers a delightful journey from Llanuwchllyn (‘the village above the lake’) alongside Llyn Tegid, Wales’ largest natural lake. The narrow gauge steam trains give excellent views of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park as it passes through pastoral and woodland scenery and of the nearby mountains, Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy.
Vale of Rheidol Railway
Listen to the sound of a powerful narrow gauge steam locomotive working hard to climb 700ft (200m) in the 11 ¾ miles from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. The locomotives and carriages currently in use were built for the line by the Great Western Railway between 1923 and 1938. The line is a masterpiece of engineering, opened in 1902 to carry lead ore, timber and passenger traffic.
Tal-y-Llyn Railway
This a historic narrow-gauge steam railway which opened in 1865 and operates along the scenic and beautiful Fathew valley. The line runs for seven and a quarter miles from Tywyn on the coast to Nant Gwernol, from where a series of horse-drawn tramways continued into the mountains. Both theoriginal locomotives and all the original carriages remain in regular use to this day.
Welshpool and Llanfair Railway
Enjoy an 8 mile steam train ride through the Welsh countryside into the delightful Banwy Valley. The train will be hauled by one of our historic steam locomotives and the excitement begins as the train battles up the notoriously steep Golfa-Bank accompanied by the sound of the locomotive echoing off the surrounding hills.
Llangollen Railway
Primarily a steam hauled Heritage Railway capturing the sights and sounds of yesteryear. The Llangollen Railway is the only operating standard gauge heritage railway in North Wales and the line follows the River Dee for 10 miles and remains close to the waters edge through the picturesque Dee Valley to the town of Corwen.

We can start this tour from wherever you are staying in North Wales and Chester.

Remember, this will be your very own custom tailor made ‘Steam Train Tour of North Wales’.  We plan the steam railway tours to coincide with each operators timetable to help you make the most of your visit.  The main bulk of the train schedules operate from March through to October.

Your actual tour price is dependent on a number of factors:

  1. The number of persons taking the private tour
  2. The time of year that you choose to tour
  3. The tour duration that you choose for your touring day
  4. The start and end locations where we pick you up and drop you off.

Our tour rates do not include:  Entrance fees to Attractions  / Train Tickets / Refreshments, Drinks or Lunch on the day / Driver & Tour Guide Gratuities.

You might also wish to upgrade to First Class Carriages – so that another element of luxury added to your touring day and experience.

Please note that this is menu of tour options and the options are dependent on the railway operating schedules for your chosen dates


“Perfect Tours, Perfect Tour Guide, Perfect Days, Beautiful Memories! Worth Every Penny!”

We were planning a trip for my 16 year old son this year, who was told he could go anywhere he wanted, and he chose Wales. He wanted to visit the heritage railways in the north of the country he said, so I started investigating. Now, my wife and I aren’t world travelers. This was to be our first trip to Europe and only our second trip out of the country (NJ, USA). Once we investigated how far apart these railways were and how difficult it seemed to get to some of them, plus driving on the other side of the road, we knew that driving ourselves was out of the question. I wanted someone reliable. I wanted someone highly rated. I wanted someone friendly. I wanted someone knowledgeable. I found them all in one person. I reached out, and after a few back and forth emails where he answered all of my questions about creating 3 days of custom touring and it was the best decision I made for this trip, or any trip for that matter. Over the course of the three touring days John got us to see all the heritage railways, showing up on the side of the tracks at one to get our picture in the carriage. In between railway visits he took us to great little unknown spots in the area. The things we saw are too numerous to list, but they were all wonderful and I think he was able to get a feel for what we liked very quickly. To sum it up, if you’re looking for someone to tour you around North Wales, look no further. You have found the right person. Thank you for everything, you made a dream trip effortless and enjoyable.
Brian Welch from Carteret New Jersey USA

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Thank you for considering Boutique Tours of Wales as your private tour provider for your visit to Wales.  We are a small, family run business and every booking is extremely important to us.

In choosing to book directly with us, you are guaranteed the best rate, with the best service, along with the best touring experience available.



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Our private tour rates sit very competitively against the rates quoted by The Guild of Professional Tour Guides, along with the Association of Professional Tourist Guides and the Driver-Guides Association.

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Other Great Tour Options

We have a selection of other tours featuring historic castles, combined with other aspects of Welsh culture and scenery.  Take a look at these exciting and interesting alternative tour options:

Discover Snowdonia

Discover Snowdonia Tour

The best of the Snowdonia National Park capturing lakes and mountains, visiting Welsh riverside villages.


Castle and Snowdonia Tour

Castle and Snowdonia Tour

A beautiful day combing medieval history and the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park.


Anglesey and Snowdonia

Anglesey and Snowdonia Tour

A beautiful touring day of contrasting scenic locations capturing highlights of Snowdonia and Anglesey.

Not found what you are looking for?

It’s your very own private tour and we can custom design the tour itinerary and arrangements to suit what you want to do and see. Our flexibility allows you to make changes to our itineraries. So take something out and add something more appealing to your desires. Alternatively combine an element of this tour with that of another tour. All you have to do is ask and if it is possible then it will be our pleasure to accommodate your wishes.

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