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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516024
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Brilliant day

The return on this well run railway was £24. We decided to upgrade to first class. £7 extra each... read more

Reviewed today
John H
York, United Kingdom
Day out on the train

Excellent Day, we traveled the full length of the line the got off half way on the way back and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Louise G
Doncaster, 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
+44 1766 516024
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Reviewed today

The return on this well run railway was £24. We decided to upgrade to first class. £7 extra each way and so worth it. With the first class observation car. Beautiful individual seating which reminded me of Victorian trains in the museum in York. Amazing...More

Thank John H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Excellent Day, we traveled the full length of the line the got off half way on the way back and participated in family crafts and the play area. there is a cafe but expect a wait on busy days. there are nature trails too. in...More

Thank Louise G
Reviewed yesterday

We traveled to Blaneau in the observation carriage - what a treat watching the narrow gauge line disappear behind us and enjoying the panoramic views as the train twists and turns up the valley. I have been travelling on this railway for over 40 years...More

Thank Sue2468
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Did the full round trip from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and back, with a couple of hours in Porthmadog. The journey is about 2 hours each way and the line winds it's way through the western part of the Snowdonia national park with views of Snowdon...More

Thank Laura H
Reviewed 2 days ago

The train ran on time. The carriage was extremely clean. The customer service excellent and included selling of ice creams and coffees etc. The trip on the train went through stunning countryside. The train also takes bicycles and links in with the Arriva railway network....More

1  Thank edward l
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was a rather rainy day today so we decided to do this steam train ride. Although it was drizzly and visibility was pretty poor it was a good decision. We started in Porthmadog which on reflection may have been a better half way stop...More

1  Thank Jacqui290966
Reviewed 3 days ago

We caught the Ffestiniog up to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Good pricing (children free with adults and discounts for Camping and Caravan Club members) Comfortable trains with toilets on the carriages, a 'waiter' service for drinks and snacks and lovely views all the way up. Just a...More

Thank touristonabudget
Reviewed 3 days ago

Did this trip as part of Alpha coach tour, lovely little train excellent views and scenery, carriages not very comfy but well worth it,has on board catering for snacks and drinks.

Thank Deborah B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really great day out with colleagues. Amazing views friendly staff nothing bad to say about it at all. One you should have in your bucket list.

Thank Nick D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Starting your journey in the lovely station at Porthmadog with all the trains getting up steam is magical,such a well run and tidy place with the cafe and bar to enjoy before or after your trip. Tickets can be pre-booked by phone or internet as...More

Thank patto9941
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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
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
Hannah D
31 May 2017|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Hannah, it would depend which day of the week you would like to travel as we are running different numbers of trains with it being the school holidays. We run in two directions, the last train to do a full return from... More