Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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  • StG
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old fashioned charm…
    Good experience travelling on the railway but an unfortunate parking experience. A small car park at the station and an attendant trying to manage the flow. He directed us to another car park a few minutes walk away but when I arrived there my car wouldn’t fit under the height restriction barrier so had to return to the station car park. The attendance was dismissive and quite frankly irritated by my car…. He then went on to direct my car and ask another driver to park behind me…. I have a Landrover with an outwards opening door so need clearance for the dogs in the rear of the car. Again, rolled his eyes and was dismissive. My daughter asked to park next to me with her 4 year old child and was told to park some distance away. When we asked why? …. He told us that only ‘blue badge holders’ were allowed in the car park! Really?? Only 1 of approximately 30 cars had a blue badge!!! So no parent/ child parking at all!! Really not acceptable in todays world! A good old fashioned journey and experience on the wonderful railway but a very old fashioned, dated and almost rude car park worker with little insight into todays family needs! Just be aware that it requires a walk of over 5 minutes with young children( especially in the pouring rain!)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Tom H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family experience.
    One of the highlights of our trip.! Great experience, you can tell the volunteers really enjoy being there and doing what they do. They involve the children in changing the points and handing the token to the driver when the loco changes ends. The museum is really well done, lots to look at and jump on a couple of locos. Recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Jane A
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun with trains
    We loved our visit! The train journey isn’t long but you stop at the museum on the return journey. Great ride on the miniature railway! The museum is fun as there is lots to do and you can climb on the trains and there is no stuffiness. The staff are friendly and helpful. You can keep riding the train all day. Can recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Chris J
    Liverpool, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gets better and better every visit...
    Begun my holiday back to Porthmadog proper with a wonderful return to The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway for the day. It honestly gets better and better every visit. Lost count how many journeys I had as I was just having the time of my life. Whether you're a train enthusiast or not, a visit here will certainly having you coming out as one or as more of one, guaranteed. Just everything that's involved in your day/ticket: Unlimited rides. Miniature railway. Interactive museum. Involvement to run the loco round. Clambering up onto other locos. Friends volunteers and staff. I mean what's not to like? It's a genuine bargain! Seriously recommend this Welsh gem to anyone. As always, 5 all day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 August 2023
  • TWal1
    Canberra, Australia2,951 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Railway - Heritage Train Travel at its Best
    We thoroughly enjoyed riding on the train from Beddgelert to Caernarfon. It is step back in time and showcases some great railway engineering over the Welsh countryside. The grade is steep in parts and there are plenty of challenges through the terrain. Travelling in the first class carriage is highly recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Zoe G
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant
    Delightful trip! Lovely day out from Porthmadog to Caernarfon, well worth the extra for the observation car. Even though we went on a misty day the views were still incredible. Will have to come back to do Porthmadog to Ffestiniog!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Mark D
    Stafford, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So good, we had to do it twice!
    It might be the shortest heritage railway in the UK (or, Wales, at least) but it is not short on value. True, the actual train ride is short, but the Heritage Centre, that is visited on the return journey, is excellent. We understand why time is limited (children have a shorter attention span than we do, at least when our interest is aroused), but we needed to go back around a second time (the ticket covers as many journeys as you like on the day) to see the trains, carriages, etc and learn about the slate industry (which is better presented than at some slate specific attractions we have been to). Perhaps the greatest attribute is that our visit inspired us to find out more about something: in this case, one of the engines came from a site not far from us where there was a massive explosion in 1944. This visit delivered far more than we expected (neither of us would count ourselves as train enthusiasts as such). There is ult, and child, alike.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2024
  • Leslie Morey
    79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A friendly Railway to visit.
    The volunteers are friendly, the railway is a short ride with a great Museum on local quarrying and the original Welsh Highland Railway. They have a Miniature train within the grounds and is very popular by the looks of it. I noticed they are wheel chair friendly and go out of their way to making children understand how railways work.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2024
  • simbamut
    The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Birthday Treat on Steam Train
    We thoroughly enjoyed the Mountain spirit train rude from Porthmadog today, our 2 dogs joined us and we booked a standard ticket. It was pretty quiet where we had the whole carriage to ourselves! The staff make you very welcome and are very polite and well organised. Not the cheapest way to see the beautiful scenery but we'll worth every penny.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 April 2024
  • Jackie W
    Ballarat, Australia234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic steam train trip
    We travelled on a Saturday on the Snowdonia Star steam train from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and return, first class. From check in and throughout the day the staff and volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed a comfortable trip through beautiful countryside. Snack service was good. There is some amazing scenery through the Snowdonia National Park. The trip was a bit over 2 hours each way. We had one and a half hours before returning and we walked around Porthmadog and had some lunch. Very relaxing and pleasant day, highly recommend.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2024
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Jackie W
Ballarat, Australia234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We travelled on a Saturday on the Snowdonia Star steam train from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and return, first class. From check in and throughout the day the staff and volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed a comfortable trip through beautiful countryside. Snack service was good. There is some amazing scenery through the Snowdonia National Park. The trip was a bit over 2 hours each way. We had one and a half hours before returning and we walked around Porthmadog and had some lunch. Very relaxing and pleasant day, highly recommend.
Written 27 May 2024
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simbamut
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed the Mountain spirit train rude from Porthmadog today, our 2 dogs joined us and we booked a standard ticket. It was pretty quiet where we had the whole carriage to ourselves! The staff make you very welcome and are very polite and well organised. Not the cheapest way to see the beautiful scenery but we'll worth every penny.
Written 16 April 2024
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Leslie Morey
79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The volunteers are friendly, the railway is a short ride with a great Museum on local quarrying and the original Welsh Highland Railway. They have a Miniature train within the grounds and is very popular by the looks of it. I noticed they are wheel chair friendly and go out of their way to making children understand how railways work.
Written 15 April 2024
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Mark D
Stafford, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It might be the shortest heritage railway in the UK (or, Wales, at least) but it is not short on value. True, the actual train ride is short, but the Heritage Centre, that is visited on the return journey, is excellent. We understand why time is limited (children have a shorter attention span than we do, at least when our interest is aroused), but we needed to go back around a second time (the ticket covers as many journeys as you like on the day) to see the trains, carriages, etc and learn about the slate industry (which is better presented than at some slate specific attractions we have been to). Perhaps the greatest attribute is that our visit inspired us to find out more about something: in this case, one of the engines came from a site not far from us where there was a massive explosion in 1944. This visit delivered far more than we expected (neither of us would count ourselves as train enthusiasts as such). There is ult, and child, alike.
Written 9 April 2024
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lesley p
14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
£70 for 5 Adults really overpriced Took less than 5 minutes one way and 5 back Stopping at a museum It’s wasn’t worth it at all Not a cheap day out Bect time I would go on the Welsh railway Maybe more expensive but in comparison better value and longer I’m still in shock tbh They sold it as Easter activities but nothing was given out to the families with kids am shocked at how they get away with charging this
Written 1 April 2024
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Zoe G
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Delightful trip! Lovely day out from Porthmadog to Caernarfon, well worth the extra for the observation car. Even though we went on a misty day the views were still incredible. Will have to come back to do Porthmadog to Ffestiniog!
Written 22 September 2023
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,951 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed riding on the train from Beddgelert to Caernarfon. It is step back in time and showcases some great railway engineering over the Welsh countryside. The grade is steep in parts and there are plenty of challenges through the terrain.
Travelling in the first class carriage is highly recommended.
Written 26 August 2023
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Chris J
Liverpool, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Begun my holiday back to Porthmadog proper with a wonderful return to The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway for the day.

It honestly gets better and better every visit. Lost count how many journeys I had as I was just having the time of my life. Whether you're a train enthusiast or not, a visit here will certainly having you coming out as one or as more of one, guaranteed.

Just everything that's involved in your day/ticket:

Unlimited rides.
Miniature railway.
Interactive museum.
Involvement to run the loco round.
Clambering up onto other locos.
Friends volunteers and staff.

I mean what's not to like? It's a genuine bargain!

Seriously recommend this Welsh gem to anyone.

As always, 5 all day.
Written 7 August 2023
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ian c
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
●●●●PLEASE BE AWARE●●●●●●.....after paying £31 for 2 adults and child...
We felt seriously ripped off,We was TOLD the train journey was short,BUT honestly not 8 mins total journey time..on/off before you know it.....4 mins to the museum (shed)..which was well set up and allows you to look in old steam trains and things you can interact with and look at some history which is nice...(Didnt really benifit my 14 year old). After Around 30-40 mins in museum.There is a small train for toddlers which goes just as far as the larger train which we managed to watch others go on,and failed to go on cus of time,then back on train 4mins return.

The place is nicely set out and lovely trains and friendly people..but journeyon a lovely train is massive disappointment...

●○●○●○○At the end of the street by the harbour,Ensure you visit the FFESTINIOG WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY...You pay for what you get amazing journey options we did woodland 2 hours+ journey time..,lucky we caught a last train here or else our day would of been let down by the first railway we visited.°•○•○•○•

Others felt let down by the experience of the heritage railway just by hearing others conversations.

We was told our ticket could be used again and again..i can see why,This is not a day out People on a tight budget need to be aware of this,Whole experience 1 hour

Try not to make the mistake we did if your looking for a steam train ride.....

Written 4 August 2023
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Jane A
Chesterfield, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We loved our visit! The train journey isn’t long but you stop at the museum on the return journey. Great ride on the miniature railway! The museum is fun as there is lots to do and you can climb on the trains and there is no stuffiness. The staff are friendly and helpful. You can keep riding the train all day. Can recommend.
Written 2 August 2023
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