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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516000
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Porthmadog
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I travelled with a disabled friend and the staff were marvellous, they assisted us onto the train and we sat back to enjoy the wonderful countryside whilst experiencing a superb steam train ride, well done to all the staff and volunteers who keep this wonder going.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The booking staff were very helpful The hotel provided discount tickets The train crew were good but the journeys were fantastic Well worth the cost If possible I would suggest you make a first class booking just for one way Well worth the extra, you certainly see a lot more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Have done both Journeys --- very pretty and a relaxing way to spend the day -- The trip to Bleanau is a little more rugged and twisty and my preference --- staff on the train a great and kids love it...

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited Sept 2014, with my wife and daughter, travelled to Ffestiniog from Porthmadog and back, and had a really nice time! The railway is fantastic and well preserved and my only comment would be the shop at Ffestiniog is not big enough! It is 1 shop for drinks, gifts and tickets, ideally this could be split into two to help,... More

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Derby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I've been visiting these fantastic railways regularly since 2000. and every time, I'm very rarely disappointed by the experience. the staff are friendly mostly, the service is punctual and comfortable, and the history behind these railways is fascinating to say the least. Plus I cannot fault the organisation which goes in to running this line. All the staff and volonteers... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A good day out and it doesn't break the bank.. travelled from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog and return for 12.60 each, through the hills and countryside with some wonderful views, even got a waiter service buffet car on the train serving drinks etc. like going back into the 60s with the smell of the smoke from the engine. Got to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

What a lovely day, from Caernavon to Porthmadog and return after a four hour visit to the town and harbour. Stations are well kept, staff were helpful and friendly. We were lucky with the weather so the views were outstanding. The work carried out by the permanent way staff is incredible considering the infrastructure. The line has a lot of... More

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Burton upon Trent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I have always wanted to travel on the Ffestiniog steam railway, so I planned it as part of a weekend visit to Betws-y-Coed. Its only about a 20 minute drive from Betws-y-Coed and very well signed. I parked in the station car park and made my way onto the platform, where there is a small office to buy tickets and... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We had a short train ride on the Ffestiniog Railway whilst staying in Porthmadog. A 40-minute trip takes you to Tan y Bwlch, a nature reserve where you can follow various walking paths, one leading to the lake. There is a cafe by the platform with very reasonably priced meals and drinks. If you just want to get the feel... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

If you like trains, steam, history or scenery, then these are for you. The two railways go in different directions, and are quite different in character. The Welsh Highland is a new rebuild of an old railway, with massive Garret engines taking you past the base of Snowdon between Porthmadog and Caernarfon. Beddgelert is a good place to break the... More

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