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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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Great railway, but overall experience slightly less than expected

I love steam engines and vintage trains. And his railway is a great one! But anyway there was a stain of disappointment in the overall experience. The locomotive was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I love steam engines and vintage trains. And his railway is a great one! But anyway there was a stain of disappointment in the overall experience. The locomotive was a masterpiece in immaculate condition. Driver and fireman were nice to watch at work. BUT once the train starts moving you see nothing of the locomotive. I think the experience of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I had travelled on the FR back in the early 1970s when it terminated before the loop and was keen to see what it was like now it extends to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The scenery is fantastic and worth going just for that. We travelled 1st class but you can still get the full experience in 3rd although not quite as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The return journey from Caernarvon to Porthmadog behind amazing ex-South African Railway narrow gauge giants made an exhilerating experience. The smell and sound of these mighty Garratt locomotives working hard only added to the amazement of this grandeous Snowdon Park national scenery that just seemed to get better as the journey progressed. The return journey was just as intriguing. I... More 

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Margate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We took the Ffestiniog railway from Porthmadog to blaneu Ffestiniog there were some great sights during the trip and we stopped at a couple of stops to have a walk through some of the woodland. A great trip on a lovely sunny day.

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Travelled on the train with our three kids (12, 10 and 7). We all loved it. Would recommend it for a fun day out. Return trip takes around two hours.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Great steam train ride to the old slate mining village of Blaenau Ffestiniog, well worth the fare to see the face of an 8 year old grandson traveling with us.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I have always loved steam trains and I adored this one - the slow gradual climb that you don't even notice until you look down, the whistle of the engine, the beat of the tracks, the amazing views. I do wish I didn't have to skip seeing the castle but I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Expensive, but for... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

There is a certain air of romance about steam trains reminisce of an era of days gone by. We took this train journey from porthmadog to blanaeu ffestiniog, a slate mining town. The views were scenic and we thoroughly enjoyed the natural beauty of the Welsh countryside.

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We went one way 1st class and the other way 3rd class on both railways on consecutive days. Lovely views from the trains and the locos were interesting. Both railways have done a brilliant job on their carriages (though we didn't try the open ones!) 1st class is excellent and well worth the extra for one half of your journey;... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

My wife and I had a superb day on the railway. It was not cheap- we booked return first class seats and reserved them each way. It was a great experience - we were in one of the observation cars with large viewing windows. That was by chance,the next day I noted that the same time train had a different... More 

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Address: Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1766 516024
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  North Wales  >  Gwynedd  >  Porthmadog
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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