Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Porthmadog

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Along the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, enjoy one of the UK's most scenic train rides. Founded in 1832, this is the world's oldest railway company according to the Guinness Book of World Records. You'll travel 21.7 km (13.5 mi) from the harbor at Porthmadog to the slate-mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, passing through the forests and mountains of Snowdonia National Park along the way. The steam locomotive and heritage cars behind it gain 213 m (700 ft) of altitude along the journey, making numerous tight turns and even completing a full spiral. The windows are large and clear, so keep your camera ready for landscape shots throughout the journey. To visit Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways and get the most from your holiday in Portmeirion, create itinerary details personal to you using our Portmeirion trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 20, 2017
    We caught the Ffestiniog up to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Good pricing (children free with adults and discounts for Camping and Caravan Club members) Comfortable trains with toilets on the carriages, a 'wait...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Did this trip as part of Alpha coach tour, lovely little train excellent views and scenery, carriages not very comfy but well worth it,has on board catering for snacks and drinks.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Really great day out with colleagues. Amazing views friendly staff nothing bad to say about it at all. One you should have in your bucket list.  more »
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  • Didn't get to go on as we missed the last train, but we did get to walk over the dam wall as the train was chugging along. Get to get so up close to an old, but extremely well maintained, steam train. Got to look in the carriages of a few 'parked up' ones... First class looks, well, first class. The gift shop seemed reasonably well priced and the attached bar/coffee shop/restaurant was very clean and the waitresses seemed attentive (we just had coffee and cake), and again, the price seemed ok. If you go, make sure to take a crab reel/line as the people (kids mostly) had LOADS of crabs in their buckets (hopefully tossed back in to the harbour as far too small to eat!) Wished we'd got there much earlier as I (and the kids) would have liked to have travelled a few stations on the steam train. The prices for the train weren't extortionate either.
  • Great adventure. The steam trains are wonderful and brought back childhood memories. Staff were so enthusiastic, specially Robert who worked so hard to sell us a five pound brochure. Scenery was magic. All in all a great day out despite a sizeable price tag
  • We had an awesome time on the two and half hour trip from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. The views of the mountains stunning. Staff on the train are so friendly and will always make sure you are comfortable and supplied with tea and coffee. We love steam trains, it brings memories of a much more relaxed means of travel, this is no exception.
  • Lovely day out. Great views and pf enthusiastic people around willing to share their knowledge. A little pricey but well worth it for the experience and to maintain the railway.
  • Amazing great little railway, The carriages are well made and maintained, they were nice and warm even on a cold day. The on board service makes it something spacial. Really enjoyed our ride would come again

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