Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Porthmadog

4.7
#1 of 344 in Tours in Wales
Valley Mountain
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.
Create an itinerary including Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

(Portmeirion is the nearest city to Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways)

map

Plans in Porthmadog by other users

7 days in Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in North Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Wales BY A USER FROM KUWAIT August, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Wales BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in North Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Wales BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in North Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in North Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Plan your trip to Porthmadog

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Portmeirion

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
2,017 reviews
Google
4.6
  • Just got on steam train from Porthmadog to Festiniog and back again. Took an hour each way with some fabulous scenery. Guards and waiters on train are very helpful and a lot of fun. Well worth doing a...  more »
  • Excellent day out, food on train excellent, recommend bacon sarnies! Staff friendly and knowledgeable. Recycled the waste from the train at the end of the journey. Lovely views of Snowdonia.  more »
  • The whole experience from booking our journey over the phone to arriving back to Portmadoc station was brilliant,the staff were very attentive and nothing was too much trouble. The scenery was spectac...  more »
Google
  • 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