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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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We were camping just a short walk away from a request halt on the Welsh Highland Railway (WHR) line at Plas-y-nant. So a day out without needed to drive at all was really welcome... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We were camping just a short walk away from a request halt on the Welsh Highland Railway (WHR) line at Plas-y-nant. So a day out without needed to drive at all was really welcome. We strolled along to the halt and listened with eager anticipation for the locomotive. The whistles followed by the puffing sounds soon brought the train into... More 

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great trip from Porthmadog to Ffestiniog and back. Visited slate mines in Ffestiniog. Train ride was great with lots of great scenery, we could even take our dog on the train. Refreshments a bit disappointing as instant tea/coffee served in paper cups!! All in all a great day.

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Denny, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This historical railway is great to travel on. If you travel to the end of the line there is not a lot to do but in 20 minutes but to get back on the train and return to Porthmadoc If it is a good day I would recommend leaving the train half way and explore the area then catch the... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We visited friends who live in Llandudno and decided to do the round trip. You catch a normal train to start, then it's all aboard the steam trains. Both trains are different and each have a carriage where you can experience the wide open (no sides). The scenery is among some of the best the area has to offer and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Fun trip on the steam train back to where we were staying, through picturesque scenery. Don't bother with the refreshments, it is instant coffee and pre-packaged cakes. If they did a few, select, home-baked cakes, they'd be on a winner!

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We boarded our steam train at Porthmadog Station and the train was not crowded, so we managed to get a good window seat. Our journey through the villages and mountains of Snowdonia was enhanced by the wonderful weather. It is relaxing way to travel and the views are, of course, just stunning. Having steamed through the Aberglaslyn Pass to Beddgelert... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I've travelled this railway several times now, and it is without doubt my favourite narrow gauge railway in the UK. It has a unique atmosphere compared to other preserved railways and passes through a variety of stunning scenery along the way.There's an added bonus of things to do both at Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Did the round trip from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Portmadog. It was brilliant especially on the way to BF sitting in the carriage behind the steam locomotive. The carriages give very good views of the fantastic scenery along the route. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and will return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Well worth paying the 10 pound extra each way for first class. Seats were comfy as and the views were beautiful. We had enough time to have a wander around Caernarfon. A great day out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We only travelled from Porthmadog to Beddgelert but it was so lovely. We booked our tickets the day before so we could just arrive at the platform and get on. the train. As we were walking along the conductor was there and he was a lovely man (sorry i didnt get his name). He was walking slightly in front of... More 

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Address: 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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