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Things to Do
Abergynolwyn Play Area
There is a children's playground adjacent to the car park at the foot of Abergynolwyn station drive. The playground has facilities for both younger and older children and new facilities are being added. A climbing frame has recently been installed as part of a lottery funded re-development program.
Walks and Waterfalls
There are many delightful walks and cascading waterfalls around the railway.
Dolgoch Falls, three sets of magnificent waterfalls in a beautiful wooded ravine, are served by Dolgoch station and many passengers alight here before rejoining the train later in the day (train service permitting). The Dolgoch estate was presented to the people of Tywyn and access is free (with donation boxes). There are various walks around the falls including a circular tour taking in all three levels of the falls.
The falls are attractive at any time of year offering restful serenity beneath the trees. If the weather is wet then the falls are even more stunning as the water thunders down. Please note that for all but the lower falls the paths are steep with a lot of steps. Please take care.
There are also extensive forest walks in the Nant Gwernol ravine and up into the site of the Bryn Eglwys quarries, the reason for the railway being built in 1865. These are all trail marked and a free Forestry Commission walks leaflet is available from Wharf.
Situated in the beautiful Fathew valley, various stations offer an ideal starting point for a series of walks which include picturesque views, ruined castles, farmland, birds, wildlife, plants and waterfalls. All of the walks can be undertaken by a reasonably fit person and will appeal to individuals, families or organised groups. Various free leaflets detailing walks are available from stations.
The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum (NGRM)
Located at Tywyn Wharf, the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum exhibits items relating to Narrow Gauge Railways in the British Isles, throughout a period spanning some 200 years. The collection ranges from complete locomotives to smaller pieces such as paperwork, signalling equipment and tickets. It includes a reconstruction of the Reverend Awdry's study and it documents the connection between the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' stories and the Talyllyn Railway.
Places to Visit
There are other attractions and places to visit in and around Tywyn and within easy reach of the railway which will round out a day visit, or provide an additional activity during a longer stay in the area.
Other local places of interest include Talyllyn Lake (3 miles beyond Abergynolwyn), Castell y Bere (a ruined 13th Century Welsh castle) and Mary Jones' cottage at Llanfihangel-y-Pennant and, for the energetic mountaineer, Cader Idris.
Attractions include the Halo Factory Shop (for the famous honey ice creams), The Tywyn Wurlitzer cinema organ and Canolfan Hamdden Bro Dysynni (Bro Dysynni Leisure Centre).