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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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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

we've been going here since we were children. beautiful railway & scenery and a mice local feel. i would highly recommend a trip.

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Caught the steam train from Porthmadog to Beddgelert. The journey was £19.20 for an adult with children free with one paying adult. A little expensive for a 40 min return journey but lovely to go on a steam train with fantastic views along the way.

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Henfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Don't be disappointed by the destination (there isn't much at Blaenau Ffestiniog) it is the journey and the history that makes this a unique and enjoyable experience. We recommend purchasing the £5 railway book with the route map otherwise you will gaily trundle past interesting landmarks and feats of engineering without knowing what you've missed!

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We had been thinking about a visit for some time and we took the plunge. We used Porthmadog as the base. I emailed a couple of weeks before our visit to enquire about reserving seats. A helpful email returned giving details and making recommendations. I telephoned to book and paid by credit card. Friday two first class returns Porthmadog to... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It was a very good train trip .We went up to in sunshine and the views were very good and refreshments on the way up .It rained a little at the top which makes it look a bit dour but it was a nice day out

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ESSEX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My family & myself had a return trip on the steam railway from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, it was a three hour round trip going through some wonderful scenery on a comfortable old steam train. There are refreshments available on board, so you can imagine you are on the 'Orient Express', only a lot cheaper!! If you are old enough... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This was a chance for me to relive experiences of many years ago. We travelled from Beddgelert by bus and boarded the train at Caernarfon to go the whole way to Porthmadog. It was really good to see those beautiful steam engines maintained in such good condition and there were plenty of photo opportunities. The train chugged out on time... More

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Andrew T, Public Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Our fares are calculated on a per-mile basis and are amongst the cheapest in the UK. More

Dukinfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

To celebrate my parents' wedding anniversary, we did a trip along the whole 40-mile length of railway from Blaenau Ffestineog to Caernarfon via Portmadog. Most of our group had been on at least part of the route before, but we wanted to do the whole thing. The excellent "Snowdonia" ticket was perfect, letting us travel through on one fare, even... More

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Andrew T, Public Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and suggestions. I have forwarded these to our Customer Service Manager who will be discussing them at the next management meeting. More

Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We travelled on both railways during a recent visit to Snowdonia and we enjoyed the journeys thoroughly. The scenery is fantastic which will fail to disappoint you. The majority of the staff are volunteers, all of which are pleasant. The steam locomotives are incredibly nostalgic as they chudder along the single-line track. The ticket prices are slightly steep, however this... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I should declare that I'm slightly biassed here, as I'm one of those people who loves the sound, the smell and the shiny metal of a working steam engine. We did both the WHR to Caernarfon and the Ffestiniog Railway itself. The latter is a shorter journey - and cheaper - but the former has the most amazing scenery and... More

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