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“Don't miss this train (trains actually)”

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Porthmadog
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
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“Don't miss this train (trains actually)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

The Ffestiniog Railway is my favourtite Narrow Gauge Railway - it has it all...a long run through varied scenery (The Cobb across the sea/inland river, woods, numerous stations, drops, tunnels, bridges a loop acoss itself, alonside a dam, through villages, level crossings, villages, slate workings, sidings, yards, sheds, link to mainline). Unmissable. Relaxing come rain or shine, wonderful range of interesting engines and rolling stcok. Staff and volunteers are helpful and friendly. To cap it all there's a pub on the platform at Porthmadog. Don't miss this train from bottom to top UNLESS you decide to spend a day meandering through the open dramatic scenery of Snowdonia on the Welsh Highland Railway from Poartmadog to Caernarvon. The two railways are jointly owned and cannot be equalled in the UK.

Visited September 2013
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“Fab day out on a Steam Train”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

We did a day out on the Ffestiniog Railway, would highly recommend a visit. The views and scenery are amazing, even on a rainy day! We booked to travel first (extra £6 per person) refreshments are waiter service to your seats,though you do have to pay for the refreshments.The staff very friendly.
We had just missed a train, so had lunch in the restaurant on the station, which was very nice and good value for money, whilst waiting for the next train to depart.

Visited October 2013
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“Fab day out for all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

After a lot of deliberation, bearing in mind our party consisted of 18 of us aged between 4 and 70, we decided on a trip on this railway for a family celebration for my Dad's 70th, and we weren't disappointed. From start to finish the service was exemplary, we travelled from Caernarfon to Bedgellert, and the helpful lady in the ticket office reserved us a carriage to ourselves for the outward journey, which was a lovely touch, and also meant we could let the kids be a bit rowdy without upsetting other travellers. The carriages are quite cute & comfy and do make you feel like you've gone back in time. The scenery is truly breathtaking, and it's a great way to see it, I intend to go back soon and do the full journey, but the 1.5 hours we did each way was just long enough for the little ones. The conductor, Howard, was a real character and very knowledgeable, and the trolley staff very friendly too. We spent most of the return Journey in the open sided carriage, which was a bit breezy, but was great fun for the kids (big & little!). All in all a grand day out.

Visited October 2013
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“Great heritage railway. One of the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013 via mobile

This is a fantastic railway. If you have the chance to do it it is well worth it. Do both railways not just one as you will miss out! Also spooners bar is fantastic at Porthmadog. Staff are very friendly and easy to talk to.

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“Steam trains - they really are cool !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

Book a seat in the pullman carriage, enjoy the views - an average cup of tea and a nice slice of cake.

Visited October 2013
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