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“Best Rail Journey”

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Porthmadog
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best Rail Journey”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

These two railways provide the very best scenic journeys in the UK with the addition of hard working steam locomotives. The operation is very efficient and though the gauge of the track is narrow, the carriages are comfortable (and beer is available) en route! Though expensive, a trip on either or both of these railways is not to be missed - it's worth it!

Visited May 2013
Thank Chris M
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Daventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Another fantastic trip on the Halloween train - full of atmosphere, spooky characters, lovely food and fireworks. Even the engine hauling the train had spooky eyes! Thank you all so much!
See you next year! We also had teenage children with us

Visited November 2013
Thank S L
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Very expensive trip if out with family”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

The trip on the steam train was decent enough but the price was very expensive when you take into account 3 adults and 2 children.

Visited October 2013
5 Thank Salesmanager1
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Andrew T, Public Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Children under 16 travel free with each fare paying adult and add nothing to the cost of travel. It would have been helpful if you had given details of which railway you travelled on and what journey you took.

On a per-mile basis, our trains are amongst the cheapest in the UK. Visitors can choose from a variety of journey lengths with return fares starting from as little as £11.10 for a return from Caernarfon to Waunfawr.

It is also worth remembering that our most expensive ticket - a £34 return from Porthmadog to Caernarfon - gives you a 50 mile journey and a whole day out. Again, a child under 16 travels free with each adult. A wide range of discounts - up to 66% - and concessionary fares are also on offer. Check with the booking office or on the website for details.
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“To Blaenau Ffestiniog”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

Last year we did the Welsh Highland Railway so this year we had to try the one to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Starting from the delightful station at Porthmadog the journey starts by crossing the cob. Here there was an abundance of waders including some godwits. The little train then starts to climb and the scenery changes by the minute. One of the highlights is the spiral where the route had to deviate from the original. Above this point there is numerous water falls and piles of slate. On the return journey we used the observation coach this being well worth the extra you had to pay. A great journey on a super little train.

Visited October 2013
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Derby, England, United Kingdom
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“Excellent way to spend the day”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

Take a trip back in time.....step into the old railway stations.......step out on the beautifully decorated platform and climb aboard the steam train that takes you up up up up into the mountains of Snowdonia.

Excellent outings, we were in awe of the beautiful views. Children travel free, and there was plenty of space for our pushchair so we didn't need to take the little one out of it when he was sleeping.

We took our own food which you are able to eat on board, they do also offer tea, coffee, wine, beer etc on board at very reasonable prices!!

The smell of the steam train, the views, the noise ....... If you visit Pirthmadog, you'd be mad not to go here!!

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Ellie F
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