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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
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Taste of nostalgia

I travelled on the Ffestiniog in one of the oldest carriages dated 1872. Right behind the engine... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chrisgale
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Sheffield
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Nice Journey, Good food

Had an excellent journey on the Welsh Highland from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. The food was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JonnyBoy70
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I travelled on the Ffestiniog in one of the oldest carriages dated 1872. Right behind the engine it felt very like being on an old train, rather than more the more comfortable seating further on. If you want to pay more you can sit in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an excellent journey on the Welsh Highland from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. The food was excellent and worth the small cost. Service was great from all the buffet staff. My only issue was that the lady guard was a tad rude to some of the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked two tickets on the Pullman Afternoon Tea carriage way back in January, and dealt with some very lovely people over email as I tried to figure out what I was doing (I'm not from Wales, or even the U.K.). This customer service continued...More

1  Thank Mady G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really nice way to take in the surrounding area and see some great views without having to walk. The train was comfortable, and offers food and drink at relatively good prices. The food we had was actually made in the kitchen and...More

2  Thank 61martin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a child we visited North Wales often as a family for holidays. The Ffestiniog railway was always a favorite, coming back after some 60 years it was great to get to ride on the Welsh Highland Railway from Portmadoc to Caernarfon. We paid the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent day out, the train from Porthmadog to Caernafon passed through some spectacular scenery. We were very fortunate as the weather was so good, the views were incredible, we were able to see Mount Snowden clearly

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the Welsh Highland Railway from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. The morning run gives you the opportunity to have breakfast baps etc delivered to your seat! The scenery is stunning and makes the length of the journey quite bearable (I'm not a steam train enthusiast but...More

1  Thank keziahjane
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just travelled on both lines. Great staff, scenery and value for money, especially the £5 guides, good photos and informatiom.

1  Thank PhilKathryn
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed two lovely trips on the Festiniog and Welsh Highland Railway. The views are spectacular and the trains are great and we well looked after and looked splendid and the smell was fabulous. Spooner's Cafe in Porthmadog station is great for lunches and dinner. We...More

1  Thank desd1504
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Caught the train from porthmadog uptown Blaenau ffestiniog. Paid the extra and went first class. Well worth it. Husband had always wanted to take me on a steam train, so though while in Wales we would go on this one. Beautiful scenery. If you want...More

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Jonathan F
May 18, 2018|
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Hi Jonathan, apologies for the lateness of the reply, a single ticket, as long as it is all done on the same day, is absolutely fine. If this will be over the course of two or more days then it would have to be separate... More
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Fiona S
January 14, 2018|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Fiona, yes buffet service is available in the majority of our third class carriages. Our older carriages do not have corridors and so a full buffet service it is not available in these - on arrival ask the guard and they... More
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Sazabellbob
November 27, 2017|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hello, apologies for the delay in replying! Yes on service trains we have dedicated spaces for pushchairs and buggies. On busy days you maybe required to fold them to allow more room - please see the guard on arrival onto... More
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