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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
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A bit on pricy side but made an excellent day out

The 75 minute train ride was very picturesque and was a real adventure. Staff were friendly and... read more

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ColinBull
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Cornwall, near England
Great day out.

I spent two enjoyable days on these impressive railways. Friendly staff. A great steam experience... read more

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Chris F
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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 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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Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
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Reviewed today

The 75 minute train ride was very picturesque and was a real adventure. Staff were friendly and very helpful.

1  Thank ColinBull
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I spent two enjoyable days on these impressive railways. Friendly staff. A great steam experience. I'll be back.

1  Thank Chris F
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was raining the day we rode the railway and a bit misty in the high parts, but the views were still great. Tea, coffee and snacks are sold on the train if you're not planning on getting off in Ffestiniog.

1  Thank Nerilee T
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our experience was a bit different than most, as we participated in a 3-day behind the scenes tour organized by Ffestiniog Travel. Coming from Canada, we were very impressed with the vast number of locomotives and cars that have been so lovingly restored and put...More

1  Thank BeenThere1949
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We always go on the Welsh Highland when we come up to north Wales on holiday, and will continue to do so. It's a pity that the destination is Carnarvon - a depressed town with not much going for it save the Castle - and...More

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sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello, thank you for your review! I am glad that you enjoyed your experience with us and thank you for being understanding about the on board catering - I am glad that you queried it. To answer your question about second class, this was abandoned...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a lovely day out with amazing views. Weather was a little rainy to start but the sun came out for the journey back down. Well worth it.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were on holiday as we love stream trains we booked to go on it. We went from the harbour station up to glanypwll. The journey had some of the best views you will ever see, so enjoyed it

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Decided on the train to Blaenau ffestiniog. Paid £22 each as had 10% of with a card from our b&b. Initially thought this expensive but taking into consideration the amount of work to keep the trains going and the very good condition of carriages felt...More

2  Thank Sheila K
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I was travelling with an elderly couple and the staff both on and off the train could not have been more helpful. For a start the Station Master at Porthmadog coned off a disabled parking space for me so I was ensured a parking place...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Went on the train last year and thought how good it was. Didn't get to Porthmadog last time but did this time. Booked seats 1 & 2 in the first class observation carriage both ways. Fantastic weather and lovely scenic journey. Had lunch in Porthmadog...More

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alisonytrw
June 12, 2018|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Alison, yes we welcome dogs in our third class accommodation, they travel at a price of £3 per dog and have their own ticket. We also have accessible carriages for people who use wheelchairs, it is best to phone and book... More
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Jonathan F
May 18, 2018|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Jonathan, apologies for the lateness of the reply, a single ticket, as long as it is all done on the same day, is absolutely fine. If this will be over the course of two or more days then it would have to be separate... More
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Fiona S
January 14, 2018|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Fiona, yes buffet service is available in the majority of our third class carriages. Our older carriages do not have corridors and so a full buffet service it is not available in these - on arrival ask the guard and they... More
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