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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

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Address: Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1766 516024
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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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Wet day out, shame couldn't see the spectacular views. Was going to upgrade to first class but at £22 each for the four of us, was a bit steep! Best bit was the food, we all... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wet day out, shame couldn't see the spectacular views. Was going to upgrade to first class but at £22 each for the four of us, was a bit steep! Best bit was the food, we all really enjoyed it and reasonably priced. Could do with getting the drink at the same time as the food with the afternoon tea though... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Travelled from Blaenau to Porthmadog. Lovely trip with 4 and 7 year old. On the trip to Pdog went in a small carriage with sash Windows and hard backed seats. Didn't realise there were other style carriages with more comfy seats, much bigger Windows and buffet service. Used these on the way back. Can recommend the Snowden lager. Only issue... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I enjoyed my experience on the trains. The service was very good. Spent the day on two different trains. The view was fabulous. Diolch

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am sure this would have seemed value for money on a dry day. We paid £66 for 2 adults, and 2 children (one went free). It was an overcast day, the views which we could see were stunning, not he waterfall was very fast due to the amount of rainfall.. Porthmadog is a small resort, with not a great... More 

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Buckley, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Travelled from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and return, great veiws of Mt Snowdon as it was very clear day, Must say it was rather on the expensive side, but I suppose they are very costly to run . In my opinion the best views were between Caernarfon and Beddgelert so if you want to save a bit of cash that's the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You will need to book beforehand, as very busy. Dogs are allowed, unlike the Snowdon mountain railway. Beautiful scenery, and we travelled on a hot day, tried to get on the "outside" coach, but as there's only one, we couldn't, too busy. So maybe more "outside" coaches, if the weather is nice. Refreshments are served on board, if a tad... More 

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Shifnal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always wanted to do the Welsh highland train ride. The experience was first class, we had breakfast on the train reasonable prices as well. The views are truly breath taking well worth the money .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a brilliant way to spend a few hours, rain or shine. Helpful, cheerful staff on the station and on the train, refreshments are served at your seat. The experience was so good we made ourselves members, we get quarterly magazines and unlimited train journeys from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. You are able to hop on and off at any... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I were traveling with our 16 month old Sringador and had caught the train after arriving on the Ffestiniog train from Blaenau Fffestiniog. It was a close shave as we only had about 10 minutes to get off the one and then board the other. I have a disability and so moving my mobility scooter from one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

During our weeks holiday we took two trips on the Ffestiniog railway. Both were efficient, pleasant and scenic. The staff were friendly, smart and seemed proud of the train. We enjoyed drinks from the refreshments offered too. We thought it was good value for money too.

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