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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516000
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Ranked #2 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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Pakenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Some 19 years ago I travelled from Tan-Y-Bwlch to Blaenau and now finally I have completed the other half from Tan-Y-Bwlch down to the sea at Porthmadog. At £13.50 return for the half journey of just 40 minutes each way, whilst the total journey of 75 minutes each way is £21.00, it's not cheap. The scenery varies throughout the journey... More

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Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We took a trip from Porthmadog to Caernarfon and paid the extra for first class which had lovely armchair seating. All the staff we encountered were very polite, friendly and helpful and the scenery throughout was absolutely stunning. Would highly recommend.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We had two trips on this attraction. The first from Blaenau Ffestiniog down to Porthmadog, and then later on in the week we went from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. The first trip is downhill all the way and the second goes from sea level to sea level with a climb of 800 odd feet in between, through Snowdonia. Both trains have... More

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swansea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

My mate and I went on this Fab trip on tues 16th sept lovely weather all the way!What an experience.We have seen the railway grow over the past few years,and now seen the finished project.worth every penny went 1st class upgrade into PULLMAN! wonderful views ,very nice crew GO SEE FOR YOURSELF! good luck for the future!!!

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

A wonderful trip which is well worth the money, the scenery is great all the way to Caernarfon and the service on board is excellent a really friendly attraction.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I travelled with a disabled friend and the staff were marvellous, they assisted us onto the train and we sat back to enjoy the wonderful countryside whilst experiencing a superb steam train ride, well done to all the staff and volunteers who keep this wonder going.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The booking staff were very helpful The hotel provided discount tickets The train crew were good but the journeys were fantastic Well worth the cost If possible I would suggest you make a first class booking just for one way Well worth the extra, you certainly see a lot more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Have done both Journeys --- very pretty and a relaxing way to spend the day -- The trip to Bleanau is a little more rugged and twisty and my preference --- staff on the train a great and kids love it...

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited Sept 2014, with my wife and daughter, travelled to Ffestiniog from Porthmadog and back, and had a really nice time! The railway is fantastic and well preserved and my only comment would be the shop at Ffestiniog is not big enough! It is 1 shop for drinks, gifts and tickets, ideally this could be split into two to help,... More

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Derby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I've been visiting these fantastic railways regularly since 2000. and every time, I'm very rarely disappointed by the experience. the staff are friendly mostly, the service is punctual and comfortable, and the history behind these railways is fascinating to say the least. Plus I cannot fault the organisation which goes in to running this line. All the staff and volonteers... More

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