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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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The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 1/2-mile journey from the...

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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Great Steam Railway with Stunning views

Paid £21.30 each for return tickets from Porthmadog to Rhyd Ddu and a large travellers guide (£5) sold to us by the extremely jolly guard on the train. Really stunning scenery... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Paid £21.30 each for return tickets from Porthmadog to Rhyd Ddu and a large travellers guide (£5) sold to us by the extremely jolly guard on the train. Really stunning scenery along the way. Stopped off at Beddgelert along the way as its an extremely picturesque village nestled in the valley. I think that the price is a little steep,... More 

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Letterkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I finally realised my dream of travelling on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway. Unfortunately only the Welsh Highland Railway was operating on the day of our visit. It was also very wet, heavy rain and floods. But it was a great day despite the weather. The staff spoke a little welsh and were entertaining and friendly. I would recommend... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We wouldn't have driven through this area, and so the railway was the right way to go for us. It was a low-key trip, very pleasant.

1 Thank Shirley T
Derby, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely day. The steam train was great and brought back memories with the driver covered in coal. Lovely little pub and great views. You need a camera

1 Thank Andrea S
Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent day spent on the steam railway between Rhyd Ddu and Porthmadog. We could hardly believe the volunteers were not all professionals. Eveb through driving rain they carried on with great enthusiasm and made our day really special. A great way to see the beautiful Aberglaslyn Pass if you don't want to walk the Fishermens Path - we did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As part of a recent visit to North Wales, I caught the Arriva trains wales train from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog. We arrived in Blaenau on time, leaving me with 15 minutes to cross to the adjacent platform and buy my ticket, for a trip on this reknowned heritage track, down to Porthmadog and back. Slightly delayed by the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we visited, the Ffestiniog was closed due to track maintenance, however, the Ffestiniog ran a train on the West Highland Railway line up to the Base of Snowden ( don't ask me the station name, but it was the Base of the Snowdon walks to the summit) but what an enjoyable experience. Friendly staff and spectacular scenery, November a... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great Family day out. Stunning views with lovely trains. If you can pay a bit extra go first class and sit on the Observation Carriage at the back of the Train. One to remember.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing beats the smell of a steam train!! Great friendly service, amazing views, spotlessly clean, comfortable. I would strongly recommend this trip, it's not cheap but it is value for money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed a fantastic journey on the Welsh Highlands Railway - Real treat and nice staff - You can enjoy a coffee or meal on the train as well - Fantastic views - A real jewel. Looking forward to going back to do the longer trip in the summer months

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