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“Welsh Highland Heritage Railway”

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Porthmadog
Certificate of Excellence
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Colchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Welsh Highland Heritage Railway”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

This is a lovely short ride that although is small compared to the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog railways it is still worth a visit. The staff at the railway are the friendliest we have met in a long time. We had the opportunity to partake in many activity's, such as changing the points, which other railways don't let anyone take part in. The engine sheds displays have been well thought out with a lot of interactive exhibits for children. The guard took time to show us around the normally closed off parts of the site and the loco crew allowed us onto the footplate. The railway is good for the enthusiast but is aimed at family's! Well worth a visit.

Visited July 2014
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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“Short But Pleasant”
Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

I would say this railway is more for children than adults. Very nice staff who obviously know that they are 2nd in comparison to the more well known railway in town. The experience is more laid back as they let the kids up on the footplate which is great for them. The museum is very informative and a lot of work has went into restoring the engines and carriages. I actually enjoyed the miniature railway more than the main one.
An all day adult rover ticket for £6 is not bad, especially when the sun was shining for us. Enjoyed the coffee while waiting for the train.
They did tell us about the other railways in the area, so we made the decision to stay for this one. If you are a rail enthusiast and no kids with you, I would head for the other railway. Teenagers probably won't appreciate this one either but little kids will love it.

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“Amazing really interactive for children...and adults!”
Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

We visited with 3yr old and 1 yr old it was fantastic, there's a cafe, the steam train ride which is short but regular (not too long for them to get bored!) then the museum and engine shed has loads for children to get involved, climb in, buttons to press. You also get the opportunity to drive a diesel engine for no extra charge which the boys got a certificate for and a ride on a miniature railway, again all included in the price which was £15 for two adults as the under 5's go free. Really recommend this and not just for small children.

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“Brilliant day out, worth every penny!!”
Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

Spent 2 hours here with 2 1/2 year old who loved every part if it. The initial train journey is short, but the museum is very interactive and kept our little girl very happy! The miniature train is also great fun! Our daughter loved it so much she went on both the 3pm and 4pm trains! Great FREE car park which was full when we arrived, but we waited for 10 minutes and got a space. Can't thank the staff enough, who were all fantastic! Great day out and would go back again.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“It's not the Caenarfon one!!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Right, that's clear, I hope. You are not boarding a train to Caenarfon via the Glaslyn pass. You're doing the vestigal bit that claims the right to be the original Welsh Highland Railway.

We know enough about the set up not to have made this mistake, but others (see recent reviews) have wandered in by mistake and could potentially end up very aggrieved.

So now you know, wander in on purpose. WHHR offers something the mighty F&WHR don't; a really excellent insight into the history and development of the Narrow Gauge railways in North Wales. A short train ride, followed by minature train rides and an outstanding museum display will soak up easily an hour or two. In fact, the return train leaves too soon to see everything.

I learnt a lot from here I couldn't get elsewhere, the staff were keen to talk and kids are welcome to help with points etc. so you get a really interactive experience.

(I had to smile at one of their newer exhibits - a simulated high-speed train ride from Beddgelert to Pont Croesor which crashes at the finish. Could this be a sly dig at their competitor?)

In an ideal world, I would like to see WHHR as a station stopping point on the WHR and given it's full acknowledgment as a good addition rather than a struggling competitor.

Visited July 2014
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