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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516000
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Porthmadog
Type: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 1/2-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. We are... more » Owner description: The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 1/2-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. We are recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest railway company in the world, being founded in 1832. We still build steam locomotives and carriages in our own workshops and the world's oldest steam engine, Prince, is still in regular use today - more than 150 years after it was built. Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it. The Welsh Highland is Snowdonia's newest railway. Trains start their spectacular 25 mile scenic journey from beneath the historic castle walls at Caernarfon. The trains - hauled by the world's most powerful narrow gauge steam locomotives - climb from sea level to over 650 feet on the foothills of Snowdon, before zig-zagging dramatically down the steep hillside to reach Beddgelert, nestling in the heart of the National Park, then through the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass - voted the most beautiful spot in the UK by the National Trust - and on to Porthmadog. « less
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Kettering, Ohio
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Journeys on both were very wet, but we enjoyed ourselves never the less. Being narrow gauge the seating wasn't the biggest but was ok. We had stewards come along to take your refreshment orders and these were brought to your table with a friendly service. The journey was slightly bumpy and rocky and full of twists and turns, but these... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

It's been years (talking 30 or so) since I last went on the railway and happy to report it's still as good as it was all those years ago... Anything to do with steam will always get my vote and really enjoyed the day out... Ok, at £21 for a return (adult) ticket it doesn't seem that cheap but, if... More

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

I have been coming to this area for nearly 50 years and have been to a lot of places and experienced many attractions. A committed fan of the Ffestiniog, I had never been on the WHR so it was with some excitement that we pondered what to do. We decided first to wait for a good forecast so we'd get... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This was my second visit to the WHR; my first was the previous November when I visited alone and determined to return as soon as possible. The fare seems expensive, even with a discount voucher from The excellent Royal Sportsman Hotel in Porthmadog, but the cost seems modest in relation to the experience. We took the 10.45 train from the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Brilliant family day out myself and my wife with our 3 children aged 5, 8 and 10 all really enjoyed it. We will be back soon to do the Porthmadog to Caernarfon trip.

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esher
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I'm a sucker for heritage railways, so when I realized that we were staying in the terminus of two of Wales's lovely little narrow gauge lines I was spoilt for choice. Timetable restrictions eventually meant that we chose to go halfway to Caernarfon on the Welsh Highland railway, which was a good choice, as it took us up to the... More

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was a beautiful trip and I can highly recommend it. I decided to spoil myself and upgrade my ticket to first class for a treat and I really enjoyed the comfortable seats and lovely decor. The staff and service were excellent and the information brochure was very helpful. The sun shone throughout and the journey was spectacular giving me... More

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Sadly anything to do with steam trains is a must for any big kids out there. It was a nice entertaining trip along the 13 miles. The train itself is well clean and maintained. Sadly only able to go the one way. The thing what did put me off is the price. Luckily our tour party had 20 people so... More

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Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Visited to do both lines now that they have been joined up to make one railway. Fantastic scenery, great railways, but cannot justify ever going again. For a couple, £42 return on the Ffestiniog, then the next day £70 full line return for the WHR! I am glad i have done it but will never go again. The time table... More

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Andrew T, Public Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. You will appreciate that your visit was at the beginning of the season, when a limited service is in operation. This is based on our traffic levels from previous years. A more intensive timetable operates during the months of peak demand, offering a wider choice of journey options. This is also our first season operating from... More

Exeter, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The first time that I traveled on the Festiniog, was best part of 50 years ago, so I've seen it grow over the years. It's never disappointed me at all, and I've done it 9 times I think now. The Welsh Highland, however, was new to me on this visit, and that trip is, for most of the journey, quite... More

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