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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

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Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
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I have mixed feeling regarding my experience on the Ffestiniog Railway this week. Purchased Half... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Paul W
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Aldershot
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Great trip on a stunning day

We took the return trip from Caernarfon to Beddegelert . We were lucky with the weather but... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Southborolass
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Sydney, Australia
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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have mixed feeling regarding my experience on the Ffestiniog Railway this week. Purchased Half Return tickets from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Tan Y Bwlch. Boarded a Carriage, settled down for 5 minutes waiting to for the Train to depart. Member of staff enters the carriage...More

Thank Paul W
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took the return trip from Caernarfon to Beddegelert . We were lucky with the weather but unfortunately there was a hiccup with a maintenance train broken down. This delayed our trip but we were well looked after by the staff. They serve food on...More

1  Thank Southborolass
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This railway goes through some beautiful scenery and ends up in Caernarfon. Unfortunately the day we travelled was the hottest day of the summer last year and so the carriage we were in was pretty hot. It is a good day out but only allows...More

1  Thank elizabethhA5120NA
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Just loved this trip today our only error we made was that we chose a Monday where there was one less train in service coming back from portmadoc so check the train timetable which I wish we had. So we only ended up having 45...More

1  Thank Christine B
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited the railway a few times now but my first look at the main terminus of the system. Lovely and well maintained station at Porthmadog, just shows how a railway can be run by paid employees and volunteers. The cafe and bar (spooners) are well...More

1  Thank 350steve
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Slickly run and a pleasant day out. Reasonably priced too. The 'Russell Tearoom' on the platform at Porthmadog is charming; the barstaff delightful.

1  Thank joeheath1948
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very positive and friendly staff, both volunteers and paid staff, both young and 'experienced!' Punctual timings, excellent refreshments and travelling as the Victorians did is a thought provoking activity.

1  Thank Alec D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited twice in May. In both occasions the experience was pretty much perfect. A scenic journey in well maintained rolling stock, with friendly helpful staff who clearly know what they are doing. Train ran to time and not too busy apart from one trip where...More

2  Thank danhanson1985
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I travelled on the Ffestiniog in one of the oldest carriages dated 1872. Right behind the engine it felt very like being on an old train, rather than more the more comfortable seating further on. If you want to pay more you can sit in...More

1  Thank Chrisgale
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an excellent journey on the Welsh Highland from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. The food was excellent and worth the small cost. Service was great from all the buffet staff. My only issue was that the lady guard was a tad rude to some of the...More

1  Thank JonnyBoy70
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Jonathan F
18 May 2018|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
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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Fiona S
14 January 2018|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
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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Sazabellbob
27 November 2017|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
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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