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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
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Steam Trains and Gorgeous Views

We took the train from Ffestiniog to Porthmadog and back- we rode on the first class train- with a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
M B
First class visit

For some reason it always rains very heavily when we ride this train. This time we went from... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sarah S
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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 2 days ago

We took the train from Ffestiniog to Porthmadog and back- we rode on the first class train- with a sunny day - the view from there was absolutely wonderful. The staff are helpful and friendly- The route book was nice to have as we went...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

For some reason it always rains very heavily when we ride this train. This time we went from Porthmadog to Ffestiniog and travelled first class. We rode in a new carriage 150 which was just beautiful. On the return trip we were I one of...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This train journey is a must - but plan your trip and check out train times and how they link. The scenery from Porthmadog to Rhyd Du is breathtaking. Really enjoyed 👍🏻

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Joined the train last week to celebrate and raise funds for the proposed new engine shed. We travelled on the Snowdonia special the length of the line in both directions. What a trip, never done this before only single journeys to Ffestiniog or Carnarvon.Both trips...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We travelled on the Welsh Highland on a fairly miserable, cloudy day last week. However, the weather did not prevent the trip being excellent, and the scenery stunning in places. If you travel in the middle of the train, you will be able to catch...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We joined the train at Minffordd and took a trip up to Blaenau Ffestiniog and back to Porthmadog. It wasn't cheap at £25 per person but this does give you a Day Rover ticket so would be useful if you did this on a day...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We visit Snowdonia twice a year and always go on the FR and also the WHR. The scenery is fantastic. The WHR has one glass free window carriage which is where we choose to go. It can be quite bracing, but you can always move...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Trip from Porthmadog, party included 5 and 80 yer old and all enjoyed the beautiful scenery, steam train and Bedgelert. A great day out.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a return trip from Ffestiniog to Porthmadog (two adults, one 7yo). It wasn't cheap but compared to other trains in the area (e.g. Bala Lake Railway and Snowdon Mountain Railway) it seemed good value when you take into consideration journey time, scenery, comfort...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are self-confessed lovers of steam trains and came to Porthmadog specifically to ride both the Ffestiniog and the Welsh Highland Railways - and certainly weren't disappointed! The staff were fantastic, the stations and engines wonderful to see and the journeys themselves spellbinding. Admittedly we...More

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Fiona S
15 January 2018|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Fiona, yes buffet service is available in the majority of our third class carriages. Our older carriages do not have corridors and so a full buffet service it is not available in these - on arrival ask the guard and they... More
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Sazabellbob
27 November 2017|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hello, apologies for the delay in replying! Yes on service trains we have dedicated spaces for pushchairs and buggies. On busy days you maybe required to fold them to allow more room - please see the guard on arrival onto... More
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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
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