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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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This is a must - do it before you die.

This is one of the top 10 rail journeys in the UK. It is a piece of history (the world's oldest railway company). The scenery is spectacular, the views breathtaking. It takes... read more

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the top 10 rail journeys in the UK. It is a piece of history (the world's oldest railway company). The scenery is spectacular, the views breathtaking. It takes about 1hr 10 mins each way. You can get off at any stop and catch the next train, it you want to break the journey. It is all... More 

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Loughborough, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

had a nice trip from porthmadog to blanaeu ffestinog on the steam train drinks and snacks served at your table nice hour and a quarter ride on a lovely scenic old steam railway

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

Decided to take a trip on the steam train as we could walk to the station from where we were staying. Tickets prices were really reasonable given the journey is an hour or so each way. The only disappointment was when we got to the destination there wasn't an awful lot there so we had a quick wander and then... More 

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

Despite pretty awful weather for our first trip from Porthmadog to Blaneau Ffestiniog it was very good. Bar on train with table service that also sold food and soft drinks. A really enjoyable trip. The journey from Porthmadog to Caernarfon is much longer but equally enjoyable with the same excellent service . All trips were steam hauled . Would recommend... More 

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Caerphilly County, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Of the two, the Ffestiniog railway is brilliant train ride with some spectacular views & very good value for money. I & my party found the Welsh Highland Railway which was, by comparison, very expensive & a little tedious. Unlike the majority of the Ffestiniog ride, the Welsh Highland views were obstructed by hedges & trees apart from at the... More 

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

It's an experience to travel on the steam train and see the beautiful views along your journey. The train itself is an experience sitting in a carriage that is years old. We started our journey from Llandudno junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog where we then changed to the train which took us on a breathtaking trip with magnificent views to Porthmadog.travelling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited with my young family at the start of our short camping holiday. We travelled from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog on a very cloudy, rainy Friday morning. It didn't matter a jot. My two children loved every moment of the rickety steam journey. The scenery was spectacular. The journey brought back a childhood memory of my first trip on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Though by no means cheap it is well worth the cost of either train trip, the one to Caernarvon being the longest, good food is served on the train at quite reasonable prices .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took a single ticket from Ffestiniog to Porthmadog, not sure if a return would have increased the pleasure but I felt the single quite adequate.. A bus ride back to our hotel was a nice change with different views. Buy the rail magazine which is packed with good info and a nice souvenir. Third class quite adequate for the... More 

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Rhyl, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been meaning for many years to take a trip on the Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway and finally managed at the weekend to experience the trip (luckily) on a sunny day. I was not let down, the scenery was great and everybody on the trip appeared to be enjoying the ride which unusually for a transport system also included the... More 

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