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Review of Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Porthmadog
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
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“Great trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2012

We did this on a good weather day, upgraded to first class, great bacon nap, stunning scenery. It is a long trip 2 1/2 hours each way but had a walk in between trips. Staff were great everything was lovely and my steam train mad husband really enjoyed it. Only a dozen more to do in wales

Visited June 2012
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“Great Railway Journey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2012

We had a lovely day on the Welsh Highland Railway. We travelled with 3 children aged 2, 3 and 9 years and they all enjoyed it.

All in all we travelled for 5 hours on a return trip to Porthmadog so it was at times a bit difficult to keep the kids quiet. We thought that if they sold an activity pack on the train for little ones they could make a small fortune. I'm sure many parents would be interested in this idea.

We found the toilet facilities a bit disappointing and these could be improved on both the trains and at the main stations. The shops were very cramped as well and car parking on site at both main stations was extremely limited.

The offer of one child travelling free with each adult was good otherwise we wouldn't have visited this attraction as it would have been way too expensive.

The scenery was lovely. It was a pity that it was a rainy day.

Visited June 2012
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“Welsh Railways (NOT Ffestiniog) Caernaforn to Portmadog- hop at Beddgelert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2012

Welsh Railways Caernarfon to Porthmadog or other way around is the scenic natural beauty one.
30 GBP round trip ticket, hop on hop off allowed - can be only taken once because of the way the timetables have been set up.
http://www.festrail.co.uk/timetable-whr.htm?mn=3&sm=3-1

We spent one entire day doing this.
Took the 10 am train from Caernaforn to Porthmadog (return ticket 30 quid). takes 2 hours 15 minutes to reach Portmadog. Then took the same train back & hopped off at Beddgelert (Aberglaslynn pass trek & Saigun Copper mines). We had 3-3.5 hours. So we trekked along side the river in the Aberglaslyn pass. It becomes a bit rocky & steep at the end. We cam back, had a cream tea & scone & boarded the 3rd (last train) from Porthmadog to Caernaforn at Beddgelert station. Reached back tired & satisfied around 6-6.30 pm. Worth it.

Take care of the coach you select. One is open air - NO GLASSES, some are only ventilator windows - which is quite frustrating becasue you have to stand & watch thru the open glass at the top, some are normal with normal windows.

Visited June 2012
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“Sit in the open carriageway for best views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2012

On a cold rainy day (like most days) in Porthmadog, it was almost soporific to sit through the journey one-way sitting inside the carriage with the droplets all hitting the glass and making it impossible to enjoy the scenery. We changed tact and despite the cold, sat in the open carriage and knew what we were really missing. Was a great experience!

Visited June 2012
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“Fantastic experirnce”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012 via mobile

My partner,my teenage son & I went on the railway on 05/06/12 from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. We sat in the open carriage as it was a beautiful day. The views were amazing and we all throughly enjoyed our day.

There is a snack services on the train that serves hot food, snacks, drinks and ice cream. staff are very friendly and approachable.

Definately a must do trip.

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