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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516024
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Pleasant afternoon

Great ride on the train with table service for drinks and snacks including alcoholic beverages... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
via mobile
Steam Railway enthusiast

2 railways share the same station and facilities in Porthmadog, the Harbour station. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John S
Dawlish, 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 1 week ago via mobile

Great ride on the train with table service for drinks and snacks including alcoholic beverages. Stunning views of surrounding areas. Unfortunately not much to do at final destination but would recomend for the experience of tbe journey on a steam train. Kids 9 and 2...More

Thank emmalouise78
Reviewed 1 week ago

2 railways share the same station and facilities in Porthmadog, the Harbour station. The Ffestiniog railway runs through stunning scenery from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The railway had to re-align the track when it was flooded to build a reservoir. Now has an interesting loop...More

1  Thank John S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelling on the Festiniog Railway from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog was a wonderful insight into how people travelled many years ago. Comfortable carraiges, friendly stewards, wonderful sights ,all made for a wonderful experience

1  Thank Byron Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I took my 96 year old father on this yesterday unfortunately there was no disabled parking in the railways car park which was packed so we had to go some distance away and use a municipal car park. We then had great...More

sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Mr Harris, thank you for your feedback, very important to us to hear directly from our visitors. I am glad that you enjoyed the journey and found the staff members excellent, I shall pass that on. I am firstly sorry about the car parking,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice and picturesque route Good organisation allows those struggling for time to go half way along the route and connect with the return train back

1  Thank MaGrFa
Reviewed 1 week ago

The recently restored and reopened (in 2011) Welsh Highland railway runs from Porthmadog to Caernarvon and the trip takes over 2 hours one way. The trains are a delight – seating is comfortable and you get old fashioned service in the corridor carriages, you can...More

1  Thank Simon_in_Legh
Reviewed 1 week ago

My first trip on the Welsh Highland Railway. Wow! Definitely the best way to see the "wilderness" aspect of North Wales, truly stunning scenery. I've been on the Ffestiniog railway before and this one is not quite so much fun and more of a journey,...More

2  Thank _tisi2010
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a very happy day travelling on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway from Porthmadoc to Caernarvon and back. We had plenty of time in Caernarvon to explore the castle before the return trip. Fantastic scenery, attentive train stewards ... and those beautiful steam...More

1  Thank Ceridwen53
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We boarded the train in Porthmadog and arrived in Ffestiniog. The ride was scenic land beverages and snacks were available for purchase. One of the interesting facts is this railway is manned primarily by volunteers. All were courteous and helpful.

1  Thank Richardc1947
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is probably 40 years since I rode the Ffestiniog Railway last and a first ever round trip on the completed line was well worth doing. 24 pounds for an adult day roving ticket didn't seem too bad to me and I certainly thoroughly enjoyed...More

1  Thank Richard H
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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