We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516024
Review Highlights
Just the Ffestiniog...

Not the best of weathers for our stay in North Wales. We had considered several possible rail... read more

Reviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
Good Day Out!

We had a lovely day out on the Ffestiniog railway, the tickets aren't cheap (£48 for two people... read more

Reviewed yesterday
via mobile
Read all 2,031 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“first class” (265 reviews)
“steam train” (191 reviews)
“return journey” (121 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:00 - 19:00
Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516024
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (2,031)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 2,031 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Not the best of weathers for our stay in North Wales. We had considered several possible rail excursions: Snowdon, Caernarfon or Ffestiniog. Not much point going up Snowdon in the mist and anyway, the improving weather forecast meant that on 'the' day, the world and...More

Thank taff515
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a lovely day out on the Ffestiniog railway, the tickets aren't cheap (£48 for two people) but the upkeep of the railway must be expensive so you can understand the prices being what they are. The staff are very friendly and the steam...More

1  Thank OnTourCVH
Reviewed yesterday

Lovely scenic ride to Blaenau Ffestiniog and back. I was a little disappointed in some of the other passengers who had taken up seats that are meant for 4 passengers in many cases only one or two of them at these seats(this is not the...More

Thank Jacqui L
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed near Blaenau refraining. Catching the train was easy. It was almost full so book your tickets would be better. The trip lived up to our expectations and each way was lovely. We took 2 dogs and paid extra. But we had room for...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Travelled on the Welsh Highland Railway to Caernarfon from Porthmadog. Very scenic ride through Snowdonia National Park with excellent views of the hills & mountains baking in the sunshine. The sounds of the steam engine working hard was great. On board staff were friendly &...More

Thank Dave H
Reviewed 2 days ago

I stayed in Porthmadog for the Snowdonian train weekend in June 2017. On the Friday there was a tour of Boston Lodge workshop and engine shed. This was best part of the trip, interesting and informative. Afterwards there was a meal at Spooners restaurant at...More

Thank Peter602014
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful two days on the railway. Weather was wonderful so it made the trip more spectacular. The staff were really on the ball, the menu was ample. We felt the extra money to sit in the rear carriage on the way back...More

1  Thank blueboytwo
Reviewed 4 days ago

went on both trains from different directions the views were splendid the ride was a fantastic two days of steam travel the staff on the trains were the best staff i have seen on steam trains nothing was to much trouble its a pleasure to...More

1  Thank foley155
Reviewed 4 days ago

Rode the train from bottom to top. Fabulous scenery, great vistas, fun ride. Food and hot beverages available for an additional fee. Saw some spectacular foliage and trees. Very enjoyable.

1  Thank Polly Q
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a fantastic day. Everything ran like clockwork. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The prices may seem a bit steep but they are well worth it for the great scenery and experience. Will definitely do this again (and hopefully the weather...More

1  Thank Pete K
Nearby Restaurants
Aberdunant Restaurant
103 reviews
4.13 km away
The Brondanw Arms
195 reviews
5.34 km away
Oriel Caffi Croesor at Cnicht
29 reviews
5.71 km away
Y Sgwar
466 reviews
5.76 km away
Nearby Attractions
Gelert's Grave
306 reviews
2.48 km away
Plas Brondanw Gardens
74 reviews
5.26 km away
Sygun Copper Mine
433 reviews
4.08 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Kara M
I have M.E. so there is a chance I might only be able to do half of the Ffestiniog journey and I won't be getting off the train. Any advice on which half of the route is best for views/photographs? Thanks!
18 June 2017|
Answer Show all 2 answers
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
Can you take dogs on the steam trains, also beaches in the summer months ?
3 June 2017|
Answer Show all 3 answers
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
What time last train can you do a return and cost please
31 May 2017|
Answer Show all 4 answers
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