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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516024
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Great little railway

Did a return trip from caernarfon to Portmadoc. The scenery was amazing and nice to not be driving... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wakefield, United Kingdom
via mobile
A must see and experience destination

If you really want to see some of the best views in the area jump on Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
East Grinstead
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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 1 week ago via mobile

Did a return trip from caernarfon to Portmadoc. The scenery was amazing and nice to not be driving. As it was my birthday upgraded to first class both ways which was well worth it. A very comfortable way to travel but you don't get the...More

1  Thank leedsutdskin
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you really want to see some of the best views in the area jump on Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways train and get hauled by a steam engine past views that would be difficult to see by car or on foot. The Ffestiniog Railway...More

1  Thank M1keB
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great experience, upgraded to 1st class, not much extra cost. Sat right at front with excellent views. Good service.

1  Thank ChelseaBoy349
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trip to Blaenau is simply wonderful! Extraordinary views throughout the trip plus the joy of Steam! The carriages are restored originals which just add to the overall immersing in a time gone by. The Railway is immaculately restored and maintained....as are the lovely Trains...More

2  Thank neil l
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You get to see some lovely scenery whilst on the steam train which is manned by volunteers who are very enthusiastic in responding to any questions you may put to them

1  Thank Hilary N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was the last day of the Welsh Highland Railway from Caenarfon to Porthmadog. We had a lovely day, the staff were extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. A lovely journey with stunning scenery. We'll definitely return.

1  Thank Jen R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as the title says its a nice railway however not a lot to do at the stops and they put two dogs on that did nothing growl at each other the entire time, therefore as they let dogs on (not just guide dogs) the seats...More

1  Thank peterst001
sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Good morning, thank you for the review and that you think we have a nice railway, always nice to hear. I would urge any passenger that is going to be alighting the train at any stop to seek advice from our members of staff on...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been coming here all my life as my dad is a lifetime member and I'm now having the joy of taking my own children. Staff always fantastic and enthusiastic. I would also say spooners there Cafe Bar Restaurant is fantastic in the evening. Don't...More

1  Thank Catherine C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a journey I was determined to make after seeing the restoration on television. The commitment of the volunteers who worked on this line has been rewarded with this wonderful scenic line in full operation.

1  Thank David T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brilliant Journey, Brilliant Scenery, you will be amazed, 25 miles from Caernarfon to get to Portmadog 2 hours there which goes so quickly, I admit there is not much to do at Portmadog for 2 hours but you can have a walk about get a...More

1  Thank Liam306
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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
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