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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We had a great day out on the Ffestiniog railway. Beautiful scenery brilliant trains. Amazing staff. I can't recommend it enough to people of all ages.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Recently travelled with Shearings coach holidays on the 'Great Little Trains of Wales' excursion. It was so well-organised and our coach driver took us to Blaneau Festiniog railway station where we boarded the Ffestiniog Railway for the one and a half hour journey to Porthmadog. The scenery was excellent. When we arrived at Porthmadog we had about a 25 minute... More

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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It was about 24 years since I did this trip and I wasn't disappointed. Great train ride, there were quite a few families on our train and all the kids were so excited. The scenery is lovely the whole way and there is a very nice station in both Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog . Unfortunately it was very wet when... More

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Nowra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Having grown up with visits to this as a child, I was very happy to finally take my own children on this trip. We were running late (as usual) and the kind volunteer in the station car park reassured us that we had time, directed us to cheap parking and then helped us onto the train. Once on the train,... More

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High Wycombe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Two great excursions on both the WHR and the Festiniog. Lovely people, and great little trains whose sparkle refeclts the love and care given to them by a wonderful group of volunteers. If you've skipped breakfast, go for a bacon roll on the WHR!

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Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

What a lovely day we had on the Festiniog Railway........Staying in Criccieth, our trip by taxi to Porthmaddog Station was a mere 5 miles and we certainly picked the right day weatherwise. Although the skies were downcast, we set off (3 of us...myself, my husband and my elderly father...86) The station was small and neat with pretty hanging baskets, and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We took the train from Caernarvon as far as Snowdon Ranger (a "request stop") to then walk up Snowdon. It was a beautiful way to get there, and really enhanced what was a magical day. Everyone who worked there was exceptionally friendly. We had not realised that you could buy freshly cooked food and cups of tea etc: what a... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The Ffestiniog Railway is a great ride up through the Welsh countryside to Blaenau Ffestiniog. a great day out, with magnificent views and lovely trains. Not especially cheap, but well worth while. Families with small children might find it worthwhile to go halfway, to Tan-y-Bwlch, where there's a playground and cafe, rather than the whole trip; there isn't all that... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We've done the Porthmadog to Caernarvon trip before - and we will do it again, and again, and again - the scenery is just stunning. Travel first class (in the Pullman, not the observation car!) and you get your own comfy armchair to travel in, and a steward to order a light meal or drinks - great. Not the observation... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A great wee journey up into the mountains but a bit rickety if you have a sore back. We were a bit disapointed by the guy in the ticket office bluntly insisting only the first child goes free when we had read a leaflet saying one free kid per adult but were eventually refunded in Blanaeu. Don't sit behind the... More

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