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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
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Stunning Ride

What an amazing experience, stunning views, and luxury surroundings. I would strongly recommend... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
jjdws
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Wonderful for special occasion

Recently travelled with extended family group from Ffestiniog to Porthmadog for special birthday... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
Louise M
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Horsham, 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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Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

What an amazing experience, stunning views, and luxury surroundings. I would strongly recommend upgrading tobthe first class Pullman experience. Very comfortable seats and surroundings, and please do not be put off by the 2.5 hour trip time, it glides by and seems impossible to have...More

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

Recently travelled with extended family group from Ffestiniog to Porthmadog for special birthday celebrations. Our group had the first class carriage to ourselves and it was a wonderful experience. We were lucky to have glorious weather so the views were stunning and the stewards were...More

1  Thank Louise M
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Ffestiniog W, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Hi Louise, Really glad your husband had a great birthday, I'll pass on your praise to our booking and on train staff. Hopefully see you again next year!

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

Always watch the webcams on the Ffestiniog railway. So Saturday got the actual chance of travelling on it. Unfortunately arriving on Arrivia Wales diesel train at Blaenau Ffestinog it was thick fog. Although we were late arriving on Arrivia wales the Ffestinog train waited for...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

We did the return trip Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog: rainy misty old day but I think that added to the atmosphere. Great day and worth every penny. Please though don't just come back on the same train - spend a couple of hours in BF...More

2  Thank MJandPJ
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

It is nearly 50 years since we last travelled on the Ffestiniog Railway. Back then the railway was still developing and trains only ran between Porthmadog and Ddaullt. This time, because of my husband’s mobility problems, we decided to start our journey at  the halfway...More

2  Thank Steveanne-2
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Ffestiniog W, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

So happy that you enjoyed your journey with us and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 16 July 2017

Did the return trip from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Train was clean, comfortable and had a choice of different types of carriages and seating. Scenery was spectacular. Price was very reasonable with children travelling free. Staff were very friendly and pleasant and pleased to talk...More

1  Thank Seasickal
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

I've long yearned to to the WHR after many times in the shorter Ffestiniog Railway. A delayed birthday present got me here with a weekend in Caernarfon and it's been a joy. Observation car journey - great views, even if in the cloud a lot...More

2  Thank MartinH6036
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

What a refreshing change when a rail company allows children to travel free within an adult, which makes the day affordable - if not, we would have not gone as been too expensive. Lovely train ride through the snowdonia national park for 75 minutes each...More

1  Thank Richard A
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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

A great ride through the Snowdonia countryside! The visit we had was great and would highly recommend anyone to visit this railway if they are in the area and fancy a 2 hour train ride though fabulous scenery.

1  Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

We took a return journey from Caernafon to Rhyd Ddu, which was an hour both ways. For 2 seniors the price was £43.20 which would have been worth it if the view had been more than trees and bushes for most of the route!

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Jonathan F
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Hi Jonathan, apologies for the lateness of the reply, a single ticket, as long as it is all done on the same day, is absolutely fine. If this will be over the course of two or more days then it would have to be separate... More
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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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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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