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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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felt like time travel

Fun trip to Blaenau-Feistiniog through the mountains on this old narrow gauge railway with a steam engine! I felt i was back in time. Delightful! The carriages are well kept. The... read more

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fun trip to Blaenau-Feistiniog through the mountains on this old narrow gauge railway with a steam engine! I felt i was back in time. Delightful! The carriages are well kept. The scenery is beautiful.

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We travelled on the Ffestiniog on Tuesday. We enjoyed the trip in all part from an annoying lady who burst into our carriage when we had hardly left Blaenau and treated us all to an extremely over exuberant and I have to say kindergarten type spiel before trying to sell her travel guides. The only down side to a lovely... More 

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Welshpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I recently went on the WHR from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. What a great day out this was. Approaching Porthmadog the signposts guide you easily to the station. Arriving at the WHR station, the small car park was already quite full but we were directed to the main town centre car park where the WHR has an area... More 

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Honiton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ffestiniog Railway We really enjoyed our return trip down to Porthmadog from Blaenau Ffestiniog on this wonderful heritage line and I have rated it above its companion railway, the Welsh Highland (see my review) because we felt at around £40 this year for two of us it was a little better value. Still my local heritage line, the West Somerset... More 

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On the Welsh Highland Railway you can travel the 25 miles to Caernarfon through the beautiful scenery of Snowdonia. During the summer months I would recommend getting off at Beddgelert Station and walk the short distance to the lovely village of Beddgelert. The journey from Porthmadog to Caernarfon takes about 2 hours travelling through the beautiful scenery of Snowdonia. They... More 

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Ballachulish, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We could not resist the trip on the train as it passed the campsite we stayed on. It was a sunny day and a great ride. We had to stand as many people were spread across more than one seat, but as the journey was not too long we did not bother asking people to move up. We left the... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Welsh Highland Railway is a significant line running harbour to harbour through fabulous mountain scenery including the Aberglaslyn Pass. Around 2 hours each way with nearly two at Porthmadog mid-way - plenty of time to look round the station, harbour and town - perhaps picking up a rare old record or CD at Cob Records! Despite begin narrow gauge,... More 

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Ripon, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely loved this train ride beautiful scenery,just wished I I had sat in the open carriage to avoid reflections on my photos!!. Great value for money and very friendly staff.

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North Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When we checked onlne we thought the tickets for this trip were a little bit pricey, but it is well worth every penny. Firstly I must comment on the staff, they were all smartly dressed and the pride they have working for the railway is obvious, nothing was too much trouble. The train itself was immaculate and although we didn't... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Two adults and a border collie, £48.60. Ffestiniog to Porthmadog return. Make no mistake, the views are amazing but as we had our dog we occupied 3rd class on benches that were as hard a church pews, adding to the shake rattle and roll of the carriage made for an uncomfortabley expensive journey. A shame but at that price, I'd... More 

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Andrew T, Public Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this review

I am surprised you chose one of our older carriages for your journey rather than one of the nine other 3rd class vehicles on the train, most of which are only a few years old and built to the highest standards of comfort and safety. In cases like this, it is always a good idea to speak to the guard... More 

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