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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

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Address: Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
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+44 1766 516024
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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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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A Train Journey Not To Be Missed!

Over the new year me and my family were visiting relatives along the North Wales coast. We have visited on a few occasions now and each time I have said about going on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Over the new year me and my family were visiting relatives along the North Wales coast. We have visited on a few occasions now and each time I have said about going on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway. Being a steam train enthusiast I thought it was only right I should experience this well spoken about journey through the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First word of advice, if you're visiting during peak season check your parking options first. We managed a spot at the station, however there is VERY limited parking there - several coach spots or blue badge, but not much else. The cafe at the station is good for a cuppa, but don't get too excited about the menu, it's basic... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us at the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, feedback from our visitors is essential and we use it to constantly improve on what we offer. The station car park in Porthmadog is indeed small and we cannot expand within the locality of the station unfortunately, so, during our peak... More 

Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways are sublime in every single way possible. The stations (even the request stops/halts) are perfectly restored in lovely detail, the carriages are very comfortable and smooth, the staff are welcoming, kind and helpful, the engines are big and fascinating to look at for enthusiasts, their was lots of people selling refreshing cups o tea... More 

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Had an amazing visit today on the Santa Train! We were in First Class which I think is the way to go for the difference in price. You have a lot of space, great specially with the two toddlers we had with us today and a free glass of Sherry! The staff were super friendly and the children got a... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Have visited here since the 1970's and love the place. Now the railway goes from porthmadog to caernarfon it'a cracking day out. A bit expensive now but well worth the trip as the scenery on the trip is stunning (weather permitting). If you don't want to go on the train try the restaurant in the station they serve excellent food,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

My wife and I traveled from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog on the narrow gauge railway with our dog. The train was crowded, even in mid-September, but this only highlighted how popular this attraction has become. By the very nature of the journey, from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Portmadog, we tended to see more from the left hand side of the carriage... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

We have travelled on the Ffestining and the Welsh Highland railways several times The trip is great fun in genuine steam trains beautifully renovated by dedicated volunteers The scenery is stunning, the trip both interesting and quirky A definite " must" as part of a visit to beautiful North Wales

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

I have been visiting the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways since I was a child, and return often to see what is new on this ever-changing and fascinating little railway. I visited on a day when public train services were not being operated, but since I was in the area, I decided to drop by the Harbour station shop in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

As we were on holiday in Anglesey, we found the Halloween Trip from Caernarfon was running while we were away. Having been on other Welsh railways for the same thing, we weren't sure what to expect but always admire the effort the teams put in, particularly as many are volunteers. We arrived in plenty of time for the train departure,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

An amazing railway with amazing staff and amazing views. Went for the Victorian weekend and had a fantastic time. One of the most beautiful railways I have ever been on.

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