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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  • Both the Ffestiniog and welsh Highland Railways are wonderful experiences for rail enthusiasts like myself, as well as more general tourists. The trains themselves are great fun, the scenery en route ...  more »
  • Travelled on the steam train from Caernarfon to Portmadoc for a Mother's Day treat what a great day, from start to finish staff were so helpful and polite nothing was to much trouble, great views, you...  more »
  • A trip on the Ffestiniog Railway is a must-do activity for any trip to North Wales. Set in stunning scenery, the line is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the volunteers who worked to reo...  more »
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  • Fantastic base of 2 railways, both of which deserve a journey along. Welsh highland is probably the most spectacular railway route, whereas the Ffestiniog has so much history. I'd recommend 2 days to explore both. The station cafe & bar offer a wide range, the shop has loads of souvenirs.
  • Amazing. One simple word but it less than adequately conveys the magnificent experience we had on the trip on the train. Yes we had great sunshine and blue sky but the scenery just takes your breath away. We will definitely be back for another visit!
  • A party of us went on a small ride on the steam train, it was great. We had a walk in the shop beforehand and a cuppa in the cafe. excellent and friendly service
  • Fantastic, in all respects. This narrow gauge train ride is worth the ticket price, and allows you to take in some truly stunning scenery aboard classic carriages. The stations en route are exquisite, picture postcard places, and everything is beautifully maintained. The staff are courteous, accommodating and kind, with infinite patience. A memorable trip, which we will absolutely be repeating.
  • We went on a steam train journey to Ffestiniog and it was fab! The views were beautiful! The only down side is when you get to Ffestiniog as there is nothing there so we spend an hour just wondering around. I'd advice getting off at a station on route and go exploring or visit the lake. It would work out cheaper and you'd have more time to explore.