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“Quaint little railway”

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Porthmadog
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Short train trip with great museum. Great way to spend an hour but tickets are valid all day. Our kids loved the interactive museum. Great and enthusiastic staff.

Thank BrendanWakefield
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"engine sheds"
in 15 reviews
"miniature train"
in 9 reviews
"short train ride"
in 11 reviews
"runaway train"
in 7 reviews
"runs round"
in 3 reviews
"short line"
in 4 reviews
"interactive experience"
in 2 reviews
"children involved"
in 2 reviews
"wee museum"
in 2 reviews
"diesel loco"
in 2 reviews
"great fun"
in 13 reviews
"long journey"
in 5 reviews
"children and adults"
in 5 reviews
"staff were very friendly"
in 7 reviews
"pleasant journey"
in 2 reviews
"excellent museum"
in 4 reviews
"narrow gauge"
in 8 reviews

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

I cannot believe how many people have reviewed the wrong attraction! This is the one at the Criccieth end of town (the other one is at the Cob end).
I thought this railway was great fun and so did the kids, but at £18.50 for an hour it is a touch pricey. We arrived at about 10.15 and had no trouble parking in the free car park. The train ride itself was good and my lad was asked to pass a key to the driver which he loved doing. Some other kids got to change the signal and tracks. The train ride stops at some sheds where you can explore and climb over old restored engines. This was great but you only get about half an hour before you have to get back on the train. We could not be bothered doing
The train ride again just to get to the sheds. They should give you the option to stop at the sheds and get the next one. The shop was okay if you are into railways, otherwise it was a bit boring. Did not try the cafe. The best bit was the miniature railway at the sheds. That was really fun.

Thank Bianconero
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

There seem to be confused reviews - I'm reviewing the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway which is a short train ride combined with a museum (not the Welsh Highland Railway which is a longer scenic journey). This was the second time we'd visited with our two boys and as before they had a great time. The journey is very short but the museum is excellent with lots for children to do (especially if they like role play - and I'd add that we live in York and have the National Railway Museum to serve as a comparison) and the children love the mini-train ride too. The staff were very friendly. I feel that they don't allow long enough in the excellent interactive museum - we asked for extra time and they were happy to oblige but I feel that this option should be available to all (though I appreciate that it would demand more time from the volunteers).

1  Thank 930JulesP
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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.

Thank Jack P
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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.

Thank Russco83
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