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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516024
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Best way to travel through the wonderful landscape of Nort Wales

The train was comfortable . The services and staff were excellent, the staff kept informed us about... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2017
Pamm S
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Train 3 of 6!

This was the third rail trip in a week of railways in Snowdonia and our second on the WHR - This... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2017
Gwen_T80
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Southend-on-Sea, 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 9 June 2017 via mobile

The train was comfortable . The services and staff were excellent, the staff kept informed us about what was going on during the journey. There was the tree fallen over the track we had to stay at Minnford station for one and half hour, but...More

Thank Pamm S
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

This was the third rail trip in a week of railways in Snowdonia and our second on the WHR - This time from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog on a different branch of the WHR. My partner and I took his parents on this trip (one...More

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Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

This was the first rail trip in a week of railways in Snowdonia - This from Beddgelert to Porthmadog. My partner and I took his parents on this trip (one with very limited mobility) and had a great time. The platform is perfectly accessible to...More

1  Thank Gwen_T80
Reviewed 6 June 2017

I was a Tour Manager with a group on both railways over the weekend and all my group were most impressed with BOTH RAILWAYS. The work, and dedication, that has been put into these two railway is to be commended as all the staff are...More

1  Thank Emyr P
Reviewed 6 June 2017

I visited here with my parents last week. Over the 2 days of Saturday & Sunday we travelled first on the Ffestiniog & then the next day on the Welsh Highland Railway. Both lines go through some of the most wonderful scenery I have ever...More

1  Thank Tom W
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Would definitely recommend a trip on the train. We got tickets to go from Porthmadog to Caernarfon, but after being on the train a few minutes realised that our dog wouldn't settle, as much more noise than a normal train. After speaking to the conductor,...More

1  Thank susan b
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

We only travelled half way to Tan-y-Bewlch but we really enjoyed it. The train and carriages are kept beautifully, the scenery is lovely, the cafes are nice and the staff are friendly. We had a walk and swim at our stop before getting the train...More

1  Thank johnandlizb
Reviewed 5 June 2017

My trip was on the Welsh Highland Railway. The first thing to note is that the Welsh Highland Railway shares the station in Porthmadog with the Ffestiniog Railway and should not be confused with the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway which is situated elsewhere in the...More

1  Thank gr0bs0n1
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Super long trip from Porthmadog to Caernarfon with fantastic scenery. Not a cheap day out but worth it - we know heritage railways are expensive to run!

1  Thank CeliaMJ
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

We booked our tickets in advance as I wanted to ensure seats in the first class carriage - at the rear of the train going up and behind the engine coming back down. You pay extra for this but I feel it really enhances the...More

1  Thank jeminplymtree
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Marc A
24 August 2017|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Marc, the two journeys are very different. Rhyd Ddu to Porthmadog is half of the Welsh Highland Railway which runs from Caernarfon and would take roughly an hour each way. This section has the high mountains of Snowdonia... More
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Kara M
18 June 2017|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Kara, it is certainly possible for you to do a shorter trip. If you would like to do a full round trip on the Ffestiniog Railway then that is roughly two and a half hours, there is a halfway option to our beaultiful... More
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kathrynbrant
3 June 2017|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hello, yes dogs are allowed on our trains in third class, they have a ticket of their own at a cost of £3 for the day - for all other fares please look on our website where they are detailed. Locally dogs are welcomed on... More
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