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Llangollen Railway
Llangollen Station
Abbey Road
Llangollen LL20 8SN
Clwyd, Wales
Tel 01978 860951
This is an exceptionally attractive line through the Berwyn Hills from the town made famous by the eccentric lesbian couple known as the “Ladies of Llangollen”, whose home at Plas Newydd is open to the public. The intermediate stations are close to such attractions as Telford's Horseshoe Falls at Berwyn and footpaths through riverside meadows.
Conwy Valley Railway Museum
The Old Goods Shed
Betws-y-Coed LL24
Gwynedd, Wales
This miniature railway runs through the grounds that surround the goods shed, now a museum that focuses on the railways of North Wales. There is also a 375-millimetre (15-inch) gauge tramway and model railway.
Penmachno Woollen Mill
Penmachno
Betws-y-Coed LL24 0PU
Gwynedd, Wales
Tel 01690 710545
The looms that were once driven by the waters of the Machno River today run on electrical power, but the centuries-old tradition of weaving is carried on at the Penmachno Woollen Mill, set in a lovely, wooded valley near Betws-y-Coed. Ancient and modern techniques of producing the traditional, patterned woollen goods are demonstrated, and the end results are, of course, for sale.

 

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Llanberis Lake Railway
Gilfach Ddu
Llanberis LL55 4TY
Gwynedd, Wales
Tel 01286 870549
Using the trackbed of the old Padarn Railway beside Llanberis Lake, this gauge line is seldom out of sight of Snowdon. The tall-funnelled quarry engines leave from a station beside the imposing and well-presented Welsh Slate Museum
Dinorwig Discovery
Llanberis LL55 4UR
Gwynedd, Wales
Tel 01286 870636
Dinorwig Discovery is the public face of a power station located deep below the mountain. The power station at Dinorwig was developed in the huge tunnels and caverns of a disused slate quarry, and the underground tour reveals the massive valves and giant turbines needed to produce electricity for the National Grid. The visit is geared towards family enjoyment as well as understanding; a simulated helicopter ride is used to explain the influences of the sun and wind on electricity, and there are Ice Age mammoths to be encountered—a species alive at the time the glaciers swept across the mountains of north Wales.

 

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