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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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+44 1766 516024
09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00

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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I have been visiting the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways since I was a child, and return often to see what is new on this ever-changing and fascinating little railway. I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 November 2016
James L
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I have been visiting the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways since I was a child, and return often to see what is new on this ever-changing and fascinating little railway. I visited on a day when public train services were not being operated, but since I was in the area, I decided to drop by the Harbour station shop in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

As we were on holiday in Anglesey, we found the Halloween Trip from Caernarfon was running while we were away. Having been on other Welsh railways for the same thing, we weren't sure what to expect but always admire the effort the teams put in, particularly as many are volunteers. We arrived in plenty of time for the train departure,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

An amazing railway with amazing staff and amazing views. Went for the Victorian weekend and had a fantastic time. One of the most beautiful railways I have ever been on.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We just missed the main school holidays as our kids were out of sync on theirs, it was busy enough but not overcrowded. The staff were very pleasant and made you feel very welcome. They even invited our kids to stand in the drivers cart to show them the engine, which was lovely. We only went on the 1hr round... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

The train and the scenery are fine but the staff are more business like than friendly. It is really run as a money making concern. Travellers are locked on the trains are not able to get out to photograph trains crossing....ridiculous, I found the Tally Lyn Railway much more friendly and the staff very co-operative. They really seemed to take... More 

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Andrew T, Public Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this review

I assume you are referring to the Ffestiniog railway, where the outward-opening doors on some of the older carriages are required to be locked due to the limited clearances along the line. The majority of our carriages have inward-opening doors and are not locked. Guards will always unlock doors at stations if requested. Perhaps you could tell us when you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We did the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways on successive days. Both are very well run and the scenery is amazing. We paid the surcharge to travel first class one way each day, which is well worth it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Did the Porthmadog to Caernarfon journey, enjoyed the scenery but prefer the Talyllyn railway as the staff are more friendlier and welcoming at Twynn

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Dalton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Great little railway. Interesting push-me-pull-you steam engine. A bit expensive. Seat quality varied between carriages. Careful planning if you want to take time out at either end of the journey otherwise you'll end up with only an hour before getting last train back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

We took our 5 year old, who is hard to impress and he throughly enjoyed the whole process from buying the tickets, the ticket conductor and the extremely welcoming and friendly staff. The cost was reasonable £12 an adult including a hot drink and biscuits. Kids go free. Very picturesque (once out of the town). Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We've travelled the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway a few times now, and in all seasons except winter...which we are planning. The views are spectacular when it is clear... and to travel through the woodland and landscape when you have the low autumn sun and warm winter leaf colour is a real treat. If going to Blaenau take an early... More 

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