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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
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I went on this as a child and although many many years older, it revitalised my love of travelling on a narrow gauge steam train. We were blessed with good weather and the scenery was fantastic. The Guard was a star!!!! - we were running slightly late and arrived just on time but needed a ticket - he waited a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Bought a 'Snowdonia Single' and travelled from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Caernarfon (via Porthmadog) by heritage railway. There was a bit of kerfuffle over the ticket (apparently, it's a new option, so they had difficulties issuing it), but other than the minor administrative hiccup, it was a great way to spend the day. The trains travel at a leisurely pace, along... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

During an Easter week’s break to Wales we took a day trip on the Ffestiniog steam railway from Blaenau Ffestiniog all the way to Porthmadog. With plenty of cheap parking near the station, (and a couple of friendly cafes if you do arrive a little early and need a drink) we spoke to some locals who pointed us in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Was easy to get 'on board' as there are a number of stations around the area.. We boarded in Caernarfon to Beddgelert and back. A wonderful journey through the mountains, with spectacular views of mountains and lakes.. Our dog came too and even had her own ticket [one pound] , first- time she has travelled on a steam train.. would... More

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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Caught the Ffestiniog narrow gauge train in Blaenau Ffestiniog for the trip to Porthmadoc. Amazing scenery and a fantastic ride. Would thoroughly recommend this to all visitors to the area. Excellent value for money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Journeys on both were very wet, but we enjoyed ourselves never the less. Being narrow gauge the seating wasn't the biggest but was ok. We had stewards come along to take your refreshment orders and these were brought to your table with a friendly service. The journey was slightly bumpy and rocky and full of twists and turns, but these... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

It's been years (talking 30 or so) since I last went on the railway and happy to report it's still as good as it was all those years ago... Anything to do with steam will always get my vote and really enjoyed the day out... Ok, at £21 for a return (adult) ticket it doesn't seem that cheap but, if... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I have been coming to this area for nearly 50 years and have been to a lot of places and experienced many attractions. A committed fan of the Ffestiniog, I had never been on the WHR so it was with some excitement that we pondered what to do. We decided first to wait for a good forecast so we'd get... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This was my second visit to the WHR; my first was the previous November when I visited alone and determined to return as soon as possible. The fare seems expensive, even with a discount voucher from The excellent Royal Sportsman Hotel in Porthmadog, but the cost seems modest in relation to the experience. We took the 10.45 train from the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Brilliant family day out myself and my wife with our 3 children aged 5, 8 and 10 all really enjoyed it. We will be back soon to do the Porthmadog to Caernarfon trip.

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