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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516024
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Jazz Train Great Night Out

A defiinate summer highlight. An excellent chance to have an evening trip on the steam train. Start... read more

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Highly recommended. You cannot come to North Wales and not do a railway trip. Staff at booking... read more

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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
+44 1766 516024
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Reviewed yesterday

A defiinate summer highlight. An excellent chance to have an evening trip on the steam train. Start the fun with a drink on the train followed by BBQ cooked on the platform accompanied by amazing live music. Atmosphere is great and you can dance under...More

1  Thank Solitair
Reviewed yesterday

Highly recommended. You cannot come to North Wales and not do a railway trip. Staff at booking office and on the train very friendly and helpful. Refreshments offered on train good.

1  Thank graham a
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Porthmadog to Caernarfon return 09:40 am set off on Welsh Highland Railway 🚃 Booked online previous evening easily, pleasantly surprised to find children travelled free with paying adult. Under £80.00 for family of 4, made it cheaper than Snowden Mountain Railway Arrived nice and early...More

2  Thank Andy C
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took the train to Tan Y Bwlch and back, the train ride is lovely and the staff are really nice and helpful! I can especially recommend the guide book, really good value at £5 and really informative! Tan y Bwlch is lovely too, a...More

1  Thank Clair D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Way back when I was a young man in the 60s, I used to walk the old trackbed through Aberglaslyn to Beddgelert, and wish that the old railway could be re-built. This year saw my first visit to the restored Welsh Highland Railway, and, for...More

1  Thank Appenazow
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

On your trip to Blaenau Ffestiniog, you will go through incredible scenery. You will go past the Ffestiniog pumped storage reservoir, see Trawsfynydd Power station in the distance and many slate mines and mountains. All are fabulous. Service on the train is great (but the...More

2  Thank Andrew_C_Cannon
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We travelled on both lines and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Paying the surcharge to travel in the Pullman carriages - when it is not behind the engine - is well worth it.

1  Thank KeithJ1952
Reviewed 3 days ago

Friendly staff were very helpful on ticket booking. Friendly staff were brilliant during the journey. The views are spectacular and the trains follow an unconceivable windy route up the valley the 660feet above sea level. Comfy seats and a lovely journey. Very happy that kids...More

Thank chris s
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After thinking what can you buy your father on his 87th birthday I suggested the day out on the Caernarfon to Porthmadoc train journey. Wonderful scenery , perfect experience not spoilt by the overcast weather. Pleasant staff - especially the lady at the Caernarfon ticket...More

1  Thank Roslyn138
Reviewed 4 days ago

Took a return trip from Ffestiniog to Porthmadog. The trains are lovely and the views well worth the trip. However the carriage itself could have done with a clean. Younger children will get bored and this may be a bit too long a journey.More

1  Thank Richard O
sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Richard, thank you for the review. Glad that you enjoyed the views and found the trip worthwhile, great to hear! It would be interesting to know which time train it was that you travelled on as, we do clean the trains on a daily...More

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Kara M
June 18, 2017|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Kara, it is certainly possible for you to do a shorter trip. If you would like to do a full round trip on the Ffestiniog Railway then that is roughly two and a half hours, there is a halfway option to our beaultiful... More
June 3, 2017|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hello, yes dogs are allowed on our trains in third class, they have a ticket of their own at a cost of £3 for the day - for all other fares please look on our website where they are detailed. Locally dogs are welcomed on... More
Hannah D
May 31, 2017|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Hannah, it would depend which day of the week you would like to travel as we are running different numbers of trains with it being the school holidays. We run in two directions, the last train to do a full return from... More