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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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I should declare that I'm slightly biassed here, as I'm one of those people who loves the sound, the smell and the shiny metal of a working steam engine. We did both the WHR to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I should declare that I'm slightly biassed here, as I'm one of those people who loves the sound, the smell and the shiny metal of a working steam engine. We did both the WHR to Caernarfon and the Ffestiniog Railway itself. The latter is a shorter journey - and cheaper - but the former has the most amazing scenery and... More 

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Settle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We joined the train heading for Caernarfon at Beddgelert Campsite. This made doing the full circuit a little awkward and with hindsight we should have done the Porthmadog stretch on a different day. What a fantastic way to view Snowdonia and as the main car driver it was a real treat for me to be able to sit back and... More 

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Newark upon Trent, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went to book tickets, a train was about to leave and had spaces. The people were very helpful and a ramp was soon forthcoming for my wheelchair. We had a lovely day. Would surgest a fan if a warm day.

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Dollar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My family are all train mad, so a trip on at least one of the railways was compulsory. We arrived and bought our tickets, but my parents-in-law's bus was delayed... The staff assured us that it was absolutely fine to use our tickets on the next train. After we'd had lunch a member of staff saw us again and checked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The Volunteers and staff of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway are to be applauded for such a fabulous railway. The new platform, extended cob at Porthmadog are superb. Along with other extensive restoration of the routes are amazing. We took the WHR to Caernarfon and had a 4 hour stay before return trip. Great scenery and views of Snowdon.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We enjoyed our trip on the Welsh Highland Railway and found the staff to be very helpful and friendly. Our conductor was called Kim and he was very helpful indeed. It is a pricey day out but for entertaining a family with ages ranging from 4-72, it was ideal. A lovely relaxed way to take in the countryside and see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We travelled on just the Ffestiniog on this occasion from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog and return. It was just fantastic. I just didn't realise just how high up you can be. Tickets are easy, you can break your journey anywhere in between and that's very handy. Found the atmosphere really great. Trains also connected with the Conwy Valley line from... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Well worthwhile trip and a good way to get to Porthmadog. Lovely relaxing journey from Blaenau Ffestiniog with some great views. I had a couple of hours to look around Porthmadog.

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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is a great day out for all the family. The staff are friendly and helpful and there is plenty of parking spaces at the station. The only reason I cannot give it 5 stars is the cost. At over £100 for 5 people it is. Big chunk for anyone's holiday budget. If it was more affordable we'd probably use... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

What a fantastic journey ... its not the first time that we have travelled this steam railway .. just brill that is why we keep going back .. lots to see fantastic views ... sometimes you feel like you are riding over the tree tops.. You go high up to the slate mine at Blaneau Ffestiniog .You can get off... More 

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