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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

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Address: Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1766 516024
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Description: The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 1/2-mile journey from the harbour...
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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Wonderful train trip for the whole family.

This is a must! Wonderful trip through Welsh country side. Good in rail or sunshine. We saw waterfalls, dark forests and valleys. Staff were friendly.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a must! Wonderful trip through Welsh country side. Good in rail or sunshine. We saw waterfalls, dark forests and valleys. Staff were friendly.

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We've just returned from a lovely trip on the Welsh Highland Railway. We've been promising to do this journey since the whole route from Caernarvon to Porthmadog was completed in 2011 but in order to do the return trip in one day and travel home again means an early start at 9.40 a.m. departure. We decided to stay the night... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Pre booked before leaving home a week previous, so took luck with weather. Opted for a 9:30 diesel train saving on a the steam option. Carriage had good visibility, and the mode of propulsion no way detracted form the excitement and stunning views all the way to the top. As is often the case, a sunny assent is followed by... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We travelled on a very wet day and the facilities at Porthmadog were overstretched. The café was full of people sheltering so tables were blocked and unavailable to those who actually wanted to eat. The toilets were inadequate but clean. The queue was out across the platform and the ladies were at risk of missing the trains. The journey through... More 

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Started at Cearnarfon and end at Portmadog, but we only went half the way return. The whole length return takes over 5 hours which was too long for us.The steam engine takes us through scenic parts of the country and at over 2,000ft. above sea level. On board the train one could buy cooked food hot or cold.Also beverages and... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A great day out great scenery good service on the trains and the tea room you don't need to like trains to enjoy a visit. The welsh highland is a bit expensive

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We went half Way. Stopped at the cafe although very expensive was decent. Real coffee finally. Then had a hours walk round the nature trail. Perfect.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

One of the top narrow gauge lines in Wales. We travelled to Blaenau which is cheaper and shorter than the line to Caernarfon. Beware, the Senior ticket is for over 65 rather than the more usual over 60. The views from the line are spectacular and the locos quaint. We particularly liked the at seat buffet service, better than Eurostar... More 

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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Very good journey from Porthmadog to Caernarfon and back. Comfortable ride. On board food very good.

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Devizes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Narrow gauge railway trip, we travelled from Ffestiniog to Porthmadog, return. For every paying adult kids are free! Prior to boarding the train we were given a flyer for a coffee house above the station and enjoy some refreshments with 10%off. Great views of the valley, and villages that you pass through, we travelled in a small two doored carriage... More 

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