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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Address: Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1766 516000
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Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Porthmadog
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 1/2-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the...
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Type: Scenic railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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.

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Aberbargoed, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not being a seasoned railway enthusiast, I am however, fascinated by all things mechanical and a boy at heart. When my Wife suggested a trip to North Wales with a ride on a real steam train I was hooked, on seeing a restored station and a couple of running steam engines, I must confess I have probably turned into a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The Ffestiniog Railway has always been innovative, it was so far as I know the first Narrow Gauge railway (less than 4'8 1/2" standard gauge) to use steam locomotives with further innovation in locomotive and carriage design (pioneering the use of bogie carriages too). This innovation continues today with the tourist experience being clean, the carriages roomy and comfortable. The... More 

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Victor Harbor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I'm a bit of a fan of steam trains, as my grandfather worked for the railways in country South Australia, so the prospect of a rail trip on the narrow gauge tracks from Porthmadog to Ffestiniog was very appealing. It was a very memorable and enjoyable journey. The great coastal scenery soon gave way to rural hillsides and narrow cuttings... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I have been visiting the Ffestiniog railway since the 1970s and have watched it metamorphose from a small preserved line struggling to grow (back to Blaenau Ffestiniog in those days) to a major player in the economy of North West Wales. My most recent trip was with my family from Porthmadog to Beddgelert so that we could have a look... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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186 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Location -between Portmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Tickets can be purchased at any of the stations. However, if you wish to enjoy the whole trip -you will need some time. I would say - do it to the real enthusiast. To someone with kids I would suggest a shortened trip. Half way and back. It might incur some waiting though. This... More 

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Coleford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We took this trip last year with our son, daughter in law and grandson and enjoyed it so much that this year eleven of us went. The format is the same as most Santa specials run on steam trains. You get on the train, travel for a while, meet Santa who gives children a present and then you return back.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Good value and service on our day out. Station was well preserved and still in use and cafe was modern though memory provoking.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We had an amazing time during the trip... We was attracted by train and views. Depending on winds the steam was sometimes all around us like a trip trough the clouds. A trip you must do it and not describe it.... Stunning views, very nice staff, a perfect day on the Welsh Highland Railways.... Will be back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

I took a trip over the Christmas holidays and the views are superb.I am not a train enthusiast and to be honest it was more the scenery that attracted us not the engine although it was nice under steam. We booked a return to that left just after 10.00 & arrived back in Portmadog around 13.00 with a 20 minute... More 

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We took this train to view the Welsh coastline and countryside. Simply breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains, the coastline, rivers, waterfalls and nature at its best. In a steam train. Ideal for couples and families.

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