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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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interesting trains and journey

They both leave from Porthmadog, the Welsh Highland goes to Carnarvon and the other to Ffestiniog... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
rollercolin
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Ashford, United Kingdom
Beautiful & Comfortable Ride

We enjoyed this 1 hour ride with our group while on a CIE Tour. The interior was clean and... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2017
Italy4
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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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 2 July 2017

They both leave from Porthmadog, the Welsh Highland goes to Carnarvon and the other to Ffestiniog. All the small trains are articulated to get round the tight bends. We travelled on both which worked out quite expensive but it was worth it for the experience....More

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Reviewed 1 July 2017

We enjoyed this 1 hour ride with our group while on a CIE Tour. The interior was clean and comfortable. Loved the red velvet seats! The railroad was once used to transport slate. The scenery through slate country was beautiful! The ride went by much...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2017

we go every year to north wales and we always go on this railway, and you can take your dog in the open carrages , for a small fee

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Reviewed 30 June 2017

We travelled on both using discount vouchers from our B+B. On the WHR we went as far as Bedgelert and caught the Sherpa bus back.The Festiniog was part of our trip to Llandudno. Both journeys were really enjoyable and well recommended.

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sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

Hello, thank for you for your nice review, we are glad that you enjoyed the trips so much, please come and visit again and go beyond Beddgelert on the WHR if you haven't already, stunning scenery.

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

This ride is up the mountain on a narrow gauge railway that used to be used in the slate industry. The push me pull me steam engine is a classic and pulls the cars well. The cars are nicely restored and drinks and snacks are...More

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Reviewed 28 June 2017

Four of us took the Ffestiniog Railway train from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog and return. On the way up we stopped off at Tan-Y-Bwlch for a walk down to Lyn Mair which was beautiful and so peaceful. We grabbed coffee and homemade cakes at the...More

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Reviewed 28 June 2017

not really anything to say other than absolutley amazing, if you do them both you get 10% discount .

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Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

We had a fabulous time on the railway today. On arriving on the platform a staff member escorted us to a section of the train that was a perfect space for us and our 8 month old baby. All the staff on the journey were...More

1  Thank Suze N
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

Took the Highland train from Caernafon to Porthmadog. Very well organised and helpful staff all along the way from the lovely lady in the Caernafon ticket office to the train stewards. Really enjoyed the journey and scenery and would recommend this trip to anyone looking...More

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Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

We were staying in Porthmadog for a long weekend and on a cloudy day we decided to take a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway. The ticket staff were very friendly and advised us on the best routes and times however the tickets were quite expensive...More

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sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

Good afternoon, thank you for your review. I am glad that overall you enjoyed your train ride with us. I am sorry that you felt the tickets were expensive, many people make a whole day out of their visit by getting off and exploring different...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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Marc A
24 August 2017|
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Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Marc, the two journeys are very different. Rhyd Ddu to Porthmadog is half of the Welsh Highland Railway which runs from Caernarfon and would take roughly an hour each way. This section has the high mountains of Snowdonia... More
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