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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
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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Paignton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This is a real must do, best part of a short holiday in the area for us. Staff brilliant polite and helpful. Food and drinks on the train excellent. The trip was outstanding we did the Porthmadog to Caernarfon route which was magical especially on the return journey when we sat in the open carriage. On the face of it... More

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Took the first train from Porthmadog up to Caernarfon, then spent a few hours going around the castle before taking the train back to Porthmadog. Yes it is pricey for adults on the train, but children go free for each adult. Each trip is over 2 hours and on a bright day there are glorious views of Snowden, other mountains,... More

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Pontypridd
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Recently returned from a three night break in Caernarfon and felt I had to take this railway trip to Porthmadog, given the great reviews I have seen and heard. This is by no means a cheap day out with a return trip costing in excess of £30 and that was with a 10% reduction. Yes the scenery is beautiful but... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Our party consisted of two children two adults and one baby. we enjoyed the lovely stream train and the views were breathtaking. We stopped half way at tan y bwlch for some lunch, this was ok, food rating of this cafe was only a 3. Would advise to take a packed lunch. Not much to do in blaenau but you... More

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We've recently travelled the full length of the Welsh Highland Railway. This has become an annual visit but with new facilities and timetables, it seems the right time to share our satisfaction with others. A new platform has been built at Harbour station in Porthmadog and the Welsh Highland trains can now depart for the north without reversing. Ever since... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Have been visiting this railway for many years and the novelty never wears off! Great range of journeys to Blaenau Ffestiniog, Caernarfon and the shorter Minffordd shuttle for younger children. Well worth a visit! :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Having followed the building of this railway for a number of years it was a must on my trip into Whales. Collecting the train from Caernarfon you can go all the way to Porthmadog in the open carriages, a must for steam enthusiasts. The scenery is just breath taking. On a clear day you will get an amazing view of... More

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Tetbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A great day out in beautiful Snowdonia! The Welsh Highland Railway goes from Porthmadog to Caernarvon, winding its way up hill and down dale through the magnificent Snowdonia national park. The train is clean and gives panoramic views through large windows. Tea and coffee as well as food is served at your table and the whole experiance is fantastic. You... More

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We took a return trip from Blaenau to Porthmadog. This is a brilliant train journey with fantastic scenery all the way. All the stations are beautifully maintained with plenty of colourful flowers decorating the platforms. It is such an enjoyable trip that we would happily do it again, perhaps stopping off midway to go walking. On the return journey we... More

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

It amazes me that the Welsh Highland is managing to run trains with enormous engines over a 30+ mile railway. Except for a real enthusiast it is too long, and if you visit, you should start at either end (Porthmadog or Caernarfon) and travel to Rhyd Ddu and back, leaving the other half for another day. But I travelled the... More

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