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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516024
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Experience not to forget

We took a ride from Caernarfon to Porth Madog As part of an organised National holidays trip. 20... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
julie w
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Halloween train

At £39 for 2 adults and 2 children. This was very good value for money. The staff went above and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Craig R
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Crewe, 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 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took a ride from Caernarfon to Porth Madog As part of an organised National holidays trip. 20 of us boarded and enjoyed the experience, hospitality and scenery 20 min from the end we broke down - we were in the middle of nowhere and...More

1  Thank julie w
sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Julie, many thanks for your review, sorry again for the delay but I am glad that you enjoyed the experience. I have passed on your big shout out to the staff, they will be really pleased! I hope that you all enjoyed the meal...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At £39 for 2 adults and 2 children. This was very good value for money. The staff went above and beyond to make the evening fun, memorable, a bit scary but above all, Safe for everyone. I really can’t praise the staff enough. The train...More

2  Thank Craig R
sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Craig, many thanks for such a great review, very much appreciated. I am glad that your family had such a great evening. I shall pass your praises on to the staff and we hope to see you again next year!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did this trip on our tour of Wales the day after doing the Ffestiniog railway. The difference was that the Ffestiniog was done in poring rain and fog and the Welsh highland railway in brilliant sunshine. Our trip started at Caernarfan and finished at Rhyd...More

1  Thank the_baron1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was not our trip on this line but the first time with a grandchild and two dogs. It was the beginning of the October half term holiday, We made our way to Porthmadog and used the railway car park £2 ( there is overflow...More

1  Thank Raw10stall
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took a return trip from Blaenau-Ffestiniog to Porthmadog, it was relaxing and enjoyable, train and scenery lovely, very clean and comfortable, staff so friendly. Refreshments served on board too. We also got a 10% discount with a key tag which made it good value.

1  Thank kelly A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the Halloween train last night and it was absolutely amazing! Loved every minute of it it was such a good night. It was as scary as you wanted it too be and the stuff looked after my son who got a bit...More

1  Thank Emma O
sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Emma, thank you for your feedback and we are glad that you enjoyed the ghoulishly terrifying train and the staff scaring / looking after everyone. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely trip on the steam railway great way to see the countryside. Great way to keep the kids occupied and excellent value for money. Well worth the trip.

1  Thank Peter D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We got to the ticket station and asked for 4 concessions, 3 children and 1 adult, baring in mind were all from Cornwall and couldn’t pronounce half the names, the woman looked at us and goes ‘yeah’ after we looked at her blankly she raised...More

1  Thank Jordili94
sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, thank you for the feedback, glad you enjoyed you ride and enjoyed the helpfulness of the on train staff, I shall pass it on. Could I ask on which day it was that you travelled and which station you bought your tickets at please?...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Two families drive up from Penzance in Cornwall and I drove from West Yorkshire for an unknown experience. WOW we’re we not disappointed and so much fun. Well worth it. Slightly on the expensive side for a family day out, and if you wanted to...More

2  Thank DenJayne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our group took a whole coach and it was great. We had clear views all the time, like another reviewer I advice on the right hand side leaving the station. Don`t worry about food, they come and take your order right away and prices are...More

2  Thank 61joreb
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Marc A
25 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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