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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
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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...more
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Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516057
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Reviewed yesterday

If you love a steam train, then this is a terrific little steam train that puffs its way around the welsh highlands offering wonderful scenery. We took the Santa train that went from Caernarfon station return. As adults we still enjoyed the festivities of Santa...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had an absolutely amazing day on the Santa train. Our party of 11 boarded the festive train in Porthmadog where the staff were friendly, helpful and definitely in the Christmas spirit. During the journey to Beddgelert the adults were served sherry and mince pies...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning scenery contrasting views of nature and old industry. Created to solve the problem of moving slate to easy distribution site it has transferred it's charm to modern tourism. Wonderful.....less expensive than Welsh Highland Railway and shorter journeys.

Thank N9063GRrobins
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A brilliant day out for the whole family. Booked this as a birthday treat and we had a lovely day. Arrive early as there is limited parking however we were advised that there is an overfill car park nearby. We arrived at 10 am and...More

1  Thank ACUK
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Just wow... my husband got a wonderful gift from his work colleagues for his 50th birthday and we were made up with the gift. On arriving at the station we found it easy to park at the station and we went to the platform were...More

2  Thank LynseyD44
sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Good morning Lynsey, I am so glad that you both enjoyed the special experience for your husband's birthday, we always strive to exceed the expectations of our visitors. I shall pass on your kind compliments to Kieran and am glad that he looked after you...More

Reviewed November 1, 2018

Great value, great scary atmosphere, nice food, entertainer and fireworks in the woods. I think the engine was having "issues" from the number of stops on route and the slightly concerned expression on the guard's face as he kept coming through the train with his...More

2  Thank Mary H
Reviewed November 1, 2018

As a family of four we took the train half-way along the line before returning to Porthmadog. The staff were brilliant, happy to help anyway they could (most are volunteers). The trains and carriages are clearly well looked after and maintained. It's a very gentle...More

1  Thank Mogster22
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

I wanted to take time to thank the fantastuc staff at Porthmadig station who enabled ny dusabled son to enjoy and treasure such a wonderful day. His autism is signufucant and usually prevents such excursions. He was so keen to do it and the staff...More

2  Thank RAFurlong
sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2018

Hello, I am so glad that you had a great trip with us and that your son enjoyed himself and made special memories, it is important to us to know we helped. I will make sure that Ruth the guard and Samantha, the lady in...More

Reviewed October 30, 2018

Travelled from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog on this great little steam train. Amazing scenery, ancient woodlands, waterfalls and mountains, so much to enjoy. It was cold but sunny on our trip which made it even more enjoyable. Lights refreshments and hot and cold drinks were...More

2  Thank Blondie2969
Reviewed October 28, 2018

This narrow gauge Rail Trip is a sheer delight. Wonderful views of Welsh countryside - amazing mountains and valleys - a gasp at every turn. And all pulled along by Steam - whist sitting in a restored carriage. Excellent food service on board. The trip...More

2  Thank neil l
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October 10, 2018|
Response from TheStarofWoo | Reviewed this property |
We did the Ffestiniog line a few years ago, from Porthmadog to Ffestiniog and back. Quite honestly we were very disappointed. Apart from the unique 'complete circle' bit where the little train increases or decreases height... More
October 10, 2018|
Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Kath, both lines are very beautiful but I would suggest that the Ffestiniog being a heritage line rather than mainline gives a nostalgic feel to travelling through the beautiful scenery and there are stunning mountain and... More