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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

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Address: Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
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The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 1/2-mile journey from the harbour...

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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Great journey on this railway. Although quite a long journey there is some lovely scenery and a buffet service with hot and cold food on offer to keep you going..

Reviewed 15 August 2016
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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Train was nice weather was nice ,NOT worth the money ,same views as if you were going by car ,nothing to do in Porthmadog ,staff on the train polite and friendly ,nice for 10 minutes then quite boring

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

Great journey on this railway. Although quite a long journey there is some lovely scenery and a buffet service with hot and cold food on offer to keep you going..

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Reviewed 15 August 2016

This one was definitely on the bucket list and we were not disappointed. Some might consider it a little pricey but when you consider what you will see, how relaxed you will be and how well organised they are you'll see it as good value. If you use the WHR to Caernarfon make sure you make time to visit the... More 

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Reviewed 15 August 2016

We had a wonderful trip on the Ffestiniog Railway. Yes it is a bit expensive but it is far better value for money than some of the other tourist railways we have visited in the UK.

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Malvern, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

We did the Welsh Highland on day and the Ffestiniog the next. It is a fun way to spend a day or part of day, clickety clacking along and enjoying the scenery and the smell of steam. I wish the timetable allowed a couple of hours only at Caernarvon and maybe an hour to stretch your legs at Ffestiniog. In... More 

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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY REVIEW: Brilliant day out for family with young children and teenagers. Although the journey is Porthmadog-Caernarfon (20 minutes in the car= 2hours on the train) it is really worth it. The views are incredible, and they are views which you do not see from your car. Hot food and drink is also served on the train which... More 

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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

The main reason for travelling to N.Wales was to travel on the WHR after going on the Ffestiniog Railway many times as a child and I wasn't disappointed. The scenery is amazing; woodland, mountains and lakes as the train travels through the valley, the 2 hour journey flies by. To save a bit of cash we only went one way,... More 

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Reviewed 14 August 2016

Had a lovely day out with the grandchildren - Took a picnic on a slightly overcast day and spent a a lovely 4hrs learning about the railway from some very friendly / informative staff - Thankyou! our grandchildren haven't stopped talking about it! A must do attraction with refreshments available on the train. We will definitely come back to do... More 

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Reviewed 13 August 2016

We went on the Chippy Choo Choo evening train journey. The staff were friendly and informative, really lovely. the Fish and Chips were lovely, not the best I've ever had, but hot, tasty and welcome. A bit expensive (£94 for 5 of us with fish and chips) but great fun and worth doing.

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Reviewed 13 August 2016

Twenty five miles of narrow gauge steam railway heaven. Do not baulk at the cost of the fare, you are in effect investing in the future of the Welsh Highland. And are rewarded with an experience you will always remember with great fondness.

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