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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

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

It is winter timetable at the moment, but we didn’t let that stop us! We travelled from Porthmadog... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Emma W
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Nice trip along the mountainside

Had a really good trip across the side of the mountain, stopping at a few small stations on the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Paul W
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is winter timetable at the moment, but we didn’t let that stop us! We travelled from Porthmadog to Bedlegert. It took about 50 minutes each way. Views amazing. When we arrived at Bedlegert we did a riverside walk. There is a stoney beach at...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had a really good trip across the side of the mountain, stopping at a few small stations on the way. great views and a good old fashion train.. a good day

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Aftee an hour's drive we arrived in Porthmadog 15 minutes before the train departure time and parked up in the station car park (£2). It turns out there are three stations and this was the wrong one. We had read on the website that the...More

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sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Paul, thank you for the feedback. Most sincere apologies that you missed out on the train ride, that is the opposite of what we want for our customers. The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Welsh Highland Heritage Railway and Gwynedd Council are currently in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

a lovely railway in snowdonia. iconic steam trains and stunning seanary. however they are both probably to long for young children.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a fantastic day out this is, beautiful scenery, interesting trains, reasonable prices. Above all the staff, paid and volunteers, really go out of their way to make you feel you are welcome. Another feature is the cleanliness of the carriages, stations and facilities. They...More

2  Thank Waterlooman2017
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was interested in seeing the railway as it was on BBC lately and I was in the area. Sadly no trains operating but one set of carriages was in the station including the locally built 1st class observation coach. The lady who was giving the...More

2  Thank IT-nerd-on-the-road
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

We booked the train on Boxing Day as a surprise for a friend and we had a brilliant day out on the steam train. We booked to come back on the afternoon train which gave us four hours in Ffestiniog. Very quiet village with nothing...More

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Now living in the land of the Shinkansen, I thought it would be a good idea to take my family on a train journey from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog so they could experince an old fashioned steam train travelling through the woods and hills. It...More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Travelled as a little Christmas trip in the First class carriage and ll I can say it was worth every penny. Stunning scenery and even snow halfway through the trip. Staff on the train were pleasant and helpful and very informative. The stops on the...More

2  Thank Phil B
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Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

Although I have travelled on the Ffestiniog Railway before, I had forgotten how beautiful the journey is. The scenery is spectacular and the carriages are beautifully appointed. Even the Third class section is superb. Dogs are allowed for £3 return and although it is £24...More

2  Thank James F
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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
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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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