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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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09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
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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 great train ride

We returned to this heritage railway- went to Blaneau Ffestiniog and back- lovely scenery. 13.35 Train was packed on Easter Tuesday. Got a £2 car parking permit at the station- 5... read more

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We returned to this heritage railway- went to Blaneau Ffestiniog and back- lovely scenery. 13.35 Train was packed on Easter Tuesday. Got a £2 car parking permit at the station- 5 minute walk back to the station from the car park. Had a light lunch in the Station restaurant/bar- very good.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Traveled from Porthmadog to Tan Y Bwlch Train was lovely going up, slight delay just before the station, changed trains and couldn't get a seat in the return journey which was a shame as very over crowded however Beautiful scenery and smooth ride

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have no words to describe right from ticket office to the journey . Bec at ticket office was so helpful, they booked a lovely coach for our group, stewards in the train were absolutely marvellous, excellent service with smile. Journey is totally awesome and the driver he is so friendly with all and kids totally loved him. Thanks for making... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived for the 11.30 Beddgelert to Porthmadog train but were greeted by a very jolly lady who told us the train running in the opposite direction had broken down at Beddgelert and she couldn't tell us how long we'd have to wait, but if we wanted to go up to the engine of the broken train, its driver -... More 

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sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this review

Dear Beth, thank you so much for your review, we take all feedback very seriously and so it is so nice to hear that, even faced with challenging situations, we managed to deliver a high level of customer service. I shall pass this onto all of the staff who were on the train that day. I am glad that you... More 

Brecon, United Kingdom
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What a beautiful journey! Scenery was exceptional but sadly lost on the kids (8&6) somewhat. By the time we reached Caernarfon (2 1/2 hrs) they were bored, so take something to keep them occupied. This may seem like a great wet weather plan, but is best enjoyed on a bright cloudless day. The staff were great (worth asking the driver... More 

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sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this review

Good morning, thank you very much for your review, we're glad that you enjoyed your journey with us and I shall pass your kind words on to the staff. A couple of tips for you if you would like to travel again with your young children would be to either break your journey at one of our stations and continue... More 

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We had a brilliant time on the Welsh Highland Railway. We caught the train at Beddgelert and travelled to Caernarfon, then back again. As we pulled out of Beddgelert the train suddenly halted and there were plumes of steam!!! The staff were brilliant and professional, they told us very quickly that there was an injector problem. In under an hour... More 

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sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this review

I am really glad that you enjoyed your travels with us on Tuesday, despite the engineering problems! It is always great feedback to know that we are looking after people even when things are not going exactly to plan so it is kind of you to let us know. I am also glad that you enjoyed the on train catering... More 

Romsey, England, United Kingdom
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£48 for family of four. About 1 1/2 hour trip each way.varios style carriages. Great scenery.the towns either end aren't much but we stopped at tanybwlch nice café but can picnic too and can walk down to a lake and hop back on the next train. Friendly staff.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit for both young and old whether disabled or able bodied. A superb opportunity to travel on a steam powered narrow gunge railway through a very scenic countryside. Very helpfully staff both on the train and off. Possible to do both routes in one day, we chose the Porthmadog to Caernarvon to do first and will tackle... More 

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Absolutely fantastic.I loved every single second of this experience.My grandson who is 5 years found it a fantastic experience.It was a two hour trip of beautiful scenic views.The staff on board are lovely and helpful and the refreshments are a reasonable price. Highly recommend this trip

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did both the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway and both were spectacular in different ways. We couldn't fault the level of service, cleanliness of the carriage and stations. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful.

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