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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Ranked #2 of 20 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
Reviewed 16 June 2014

A nice journey takes just under one hour,and you get served refreshments on board.Train & platforms all very clean and tidy.Do have a walk round Porthmadog pretty harbour and a variety of shops. A really good day out.

Thank bmeps
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

My husband grew up in the area and spent many childhood days on the Ffestiniog railway so this trip was a lovely trip down memory lane for him. We paid for the upgrade to the first class observation carriage and it was well worth the money. A really enjoyable trip out.

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

A great journey,with the experience of a bygone era of steam. Stunning scenery as we travelled from Porthmadog to Caernarfon . Comfortable and good service by the onboard staff. Price seemed high,but for a 2 1/2 hour trip in each direction ,worth the money.

Thank Fellmonger
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Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

Went here last week and was amazed at the great views on the train journey, recommend a visit and a ride on the steam train, staff are friendly and helpful, took our puppy with us on the train at a little extra cost of 3 pounds and he got his own ticket!

Thank Vicky B
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

On our first day at Porthmadog we went on the Ffestiniog railway after getting over the abrupt ticket lady who had just relieved me of £45.00 and threw some tickets at me through the window we went through the shop to the platform where in contrast there was a very friendly chatty lad in the shop who was only to happy to help out. We went on the railway and my 2 year old son loved it so much he wanted to do it all again so on the second day I booked for the welsh highland railway and was greeted by an equally miserable and abrupt lady who relieved me of £73.00. Anyway I have to say although it is a lot of money it was worth every penny the scenery is fantastic and even though we were on the train for the best part of 6 hours my son loved every minute. The staff on the trains and the lad in the shop were all fantastic and I would have given it full marks if it wasn't for the ticket sales people who are the first and worst point of contact unlike the tallyllyn where everything was perfect

Thank tom p
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Andrew T, Public Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

Thanks for you response Tom. If you can let me know the date and time of your visit, I will investigate. athomas@ffwhr.com

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