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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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Description: The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 1/2-mile journey from the harbour...
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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By far ther best train trip I've ever done in one day. After assessing the merits of driving to Snowdon to spend a hundred quid on the ride up there, we settled for this more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

By far ther best train trip I've ever done in one day. After assessing the merits of driving to Snowdon to spend a hundred quid on the ride up there, we settled for this more modest excursion. This is a small guage steam train that goes all the way up the valley(s) to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The day we went was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Great way to see the Welsh countryside, choice of first or third class carriages all with authentic fittings. Buffet car reasonably priced, staff really friendly and helpful.

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

For the long 2 1/2 hour in each direction journey to Caernarfon and back was an amazing ride. You have those beautiful Welsh hills and valleys, green grass and fresh air. The locamotive has been restored with very hard work and lots of funding which many people are not aware of. We had a good friendly chat with Colin, one... More 

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Tetbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Alright, I was dead lucky. The weather was perfect. Clear blue skies, a cool day and crystal clear air made the Snowdonia mountains spectacular. Mount Snowdon itself was half covered in snow and the looked majestic as the steam train puffed up the highs from Caernafon. It takes about 2 1/2 hours for the one way journey but with so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Lovely day out with wonderful views..worth the £10.00 per person upgrade to first class on the way back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

All the staff are volunteers and very friendly knowledgable. Loved the ride to Beddglert. Only mishap was the cold windy weather but carriages were warm.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Firstly if you live in North Wales consider buying Y Cerdyn (The Card) which gives fantastic discounts on tickets on both railways for 5 years. Being a lovely sunny day we decided to travel in the open carriage on the Welsh Highland Railway (WHR), which filled with smoke in the long tunnel before Beddgelert on the way to Caernarfon (but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

What a wonderful experience must say the weather was on our side staff first class Wendy our waitress was very friendly and a pleasure to meet views were amazing it's given me and my husband the travel bug on some of our lovely railways around country

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Lovely weather for a return trip from Porthmadog to Ffestiniog and back. We opted for first class and found the staff very helpful and friendly. The people running the line are clearly passionate and dedicated. Stunning scenery and a glimpse into a bygone world. Could have done with a better variety of refreshments and a slightly longer stop at Ffestiniog... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Beautiful scenery as the narrow guage railway nmakes its way up the valley from Porthmadog. A great trip and an experience that children will always remember.

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