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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516000
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Porthmadog
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Owner description: The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 1/2-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the...
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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.

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Looe, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

I first visited the Ffestiniog Railway in 1970 and have returned every few years ever since. I never cease to enjoy the wonderful scenery and the fantastic railway atmosphere, most particularly the vintage and highly authentic locomotives. While a lot of steam railways have to make do with whatever they can lay their hands on, one of the delights of... More 

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Cambridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

We took this train to from Conwy to Portmeirion Village. It is a beautiful, scenic trip on a light rail system. The train itself is of the old fashioned style, I think it even has wooden benches as seats.

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Trawsfynydd, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Our family (wife, myself, 3 younger boys) took the Ffestiniog railway Christmas train on Dec 20 and had a wonderful experience. The views were unbelievable (really nice day for Dec) and the staff were friendly and professional. Our youngest son (2 1/2) was afraid of Father Christmas prior to the trip but he took extra time and sat next to... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 via mobile

Great service, very reasonable in price. Staff very friendly. A great way to see beautiful Snowdonia

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We stayed in porthmadog at a relations flat and it was are first time and what a wonderful little place. We walked around the little station and its beautiful we even met someone an old guy who was friendly who once lived in Bristol somewhere but he was like the local for this area that knew everything , its a... More 

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Barwell, United Kingdom
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

A lovely sunny day was the best for letting us see the amazing scenery and views of Snowdonia we even saw Snowdon on our way to Caernarfon. We didn't have much time in Caernarfon but we did find a lovely chip shop in the town, the castle was really nice it was a shame we never had more time to... More 

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West Yorkshire
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13 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Sadly only a short section open in the winter but we enjoyed a return trip from Beddgelert to Porthmadoc. Good parking at the station, great views from the train and very comfortable carriages. Lots of chance to see the locomotives at either end of the track. Only downside was the dreadful lunch in the Porthmadog station cafe!

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Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Took my sister and her husband on the lovely Welsh Highland Railway. November timetable, so only running as far as Beddgelert and back to Porthmadog - but it was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. Staff very friendly and of course amazing scenery of Snowdonia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Another of my favourite railway rides. A nostalgic journey through the beautiful Welsh countryside And mountains. Food on the train is good, but a bit limited, (served by trolley dollies or lads) Eating or drinking on a moving narrow gauge railway train is always a bit special. We find the station at Port Madoc is often very busy, and we... More 

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Telford UK
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Lovely train journey from Porthmadoc on Welsh Highland Railway to Beddgelert and in to Caernarfon through spectacular countryside. So much more to see than from the road. Very friendly and helpful staff

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