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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516000
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Ranked #1 of 15 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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Meriden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

I had seen the train chugging along up the mountainside from afar, with it's plumes of steam, from the place I was staying and knew I had to ride! I loved the station and took Numerous pictures of the area and train before I boarded. It was a lovely ride, with peaceful scenery and an aura of history. I have... More

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Crewe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

At last myself and the other half got to ride this railway in its entirety.We have ridden it in 'bits' as it has progressed over the years.Today all the way.Of course the only place to sit was in the open-sided carriage.The weather was unpredictable but then it often is in the mountains.£28.60 each,as concessions,and having a 10% card as well.The... More

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Braunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Great place for train geeks and grown up schoolboys, but got mixed up between The Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railways, We will have to come up again to find out

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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Plenty to do and see helped by lovely weather. Probably the best Heritage Railway in Britain with unbeatable views.

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I took a single trip from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Minffordd as part of a through journey. It was a gorgeous sunny and clear autumn day. The scenery is stunning and I'm pleased to see from responses to other reviews that vegetation clearance will continue. There is plenty to see but could be even more. The staff that I came into... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Back in July, my partner and I had a great day on the Ffestiniog side of this now joint, railway venture. We have now done the other half of the trip , I have to say you can see the time and effort that has been put in to restoring the route. We are very lucky that we can travel... More

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Wigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I love steam railway journeys and was not disappointed in any way with the round trip from Portmadog to Caernarfon. If you can afford the extra cost travel 1st Class and sit back in comfort and enjoy the views. I would recommend staying on in Caernarfon and catching the last train home as a visit to the Castle and Museum... More

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The finest way to see Snowdonia. Better than a car as both of us could see and enjoy the ever-changing scenery

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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

There are 5 railways featured within this book and each one deservedly so. The task we undertook choosing which 5 railways we would feature wasn’t an easy one. The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway is a slick operation with some of the best scenery routes Wales has to offer. With three main stations in Snowdonia you’ll never be far away... More

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Shropshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Finally went on this train after promising ourselves fro years to try it, We were not disappointed with the journey, views were outstanding, with views reaching far and wide. Staff both on the station and on the train were very polite and well informed. Ffestinoog was the only train journey we went on but we will try the West Highland... More

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