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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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A must if you like proper trains

All you could wish for from a steam train experience. Longer than most with great views all the way to Caernarfon and back, a good day out but only 1Hr at Caernarfon, could have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Newport, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

All you could wish for from a steam train experience. Longer than most with great views all the way to Caernarfon and back, a good day out but only 1Hr at Caernarfon, could have done with more time, option to return by bus but that's not the point of a train ride. Staff, mainly volunteers enjoy the work and are... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Just over an hour to travel down the mountain from Ffestiniog to Porthmadog. Spectacular scenery all the way down and up again. Proper old steam engine and carriages and lovely quaint stations on the route you can stop at and take amazing walks from.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Loved the character of the train,great views and friendly staff.A good family day out.Spent some time in Porthmadog on the outward journey in a great harbour setting then caught the return train back to Blaenau.Enjoyable day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

It is abut 3/4hour by car from LLanberis.The carriages are dog friendly for a small charge. Our grandsons wanted to travel on a steam train, this fit the bill. The trip took around 1hour to Porthmadog, it was very scenic. We had a short walk around the harbour and then had a lovely meal, reasonably priced, at the Spooner pub,... More 

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Went on Welsh Highland Railway from Porthmadog to Caernarfon with my two small children who are train mad. They loved it. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable too. They allowed us to use one of the accessible areas so we could keep our one son in his buggy. The scenery was outstanding and we got to see some wonderful... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Went 3rd class Beddgelert to Caernarfon,first class back. Spectacular views,enthusiastic staff and a lovely experience

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The trip from Porthmadog to Blaenau Festiniog is beautiful and leaves from a much improved station. You can combine two trips on both the railways, but a full day is needed. The stewards on the trip will serve food, drink and ice creams to add to your enjoyment .

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Comfortable, though compact, carriages, trains running on time and wonderful scenery along the Ffestiniog valley. Flexibility to break the journey at various locations to enjoy walking / eating establishments. Friendly, helpful staff.

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Wedel, Germany
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

If you decide to have lovely day in the welsh mountains without too much walking to get there, this train will bring you from Porthmadog to Blaenau in a most convenient and relaxing way with fantastic views and even service at your seat! Even if your main hobby is not narrow-gauge railways, it's a pleasure to take a seat in... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We started this ride in Caernarfon and ended in Rhyd Dhu, pulled by a Beyer-Garrat engine rescued from South Africa. The scenery was stunning and the staff on the train very welcoming, great fun.. If you are lucky enough to have dry weather and clear views then you will see the summit of Snowden.

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