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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
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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...more
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Harbour Station Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog LL49 9NF, Wales
+44 1766 516057
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Ffestiniog steam railway takes you back in time, running from Porthmadog it takes a beautiful 13 mile route from sea level up into the Welsh mountains where slate was quarried. The lovingly restored narrow gauge steam engines that whistle their way up the steep...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Hornsaj
Reviewed 6 days ago

Easy booking and plenty of parking available. Relaxing trip through the North Wales countryside, with drinks and snacks available onboard.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Michelle F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely scenery and staff. Enjoy it so much I joined the railway. Dogs and children welcome aboard the trains. Good facilities at Porth Madoc.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Chris S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came to Snowdonia for the scenery and it did not disappoint. The highlight of my travels was taking the steam train from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog. The views are dreamy both looking down from the misty mountain tops and watching the old locomotive winding...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank arthanial
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the train all the way from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. Traveled in 1st class great trip with good staff and great food.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank David L
Reviewed 16 December 2018

Ace well worth the money, the trip to bedgellert was flawless, mince pie, biscuits, sherry, father Christmas and his elves, waiter service for hot drinks, we loved it as adults and the granddaughter loved it aswell and Carol singing aswell, I would recommend this santa...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank jdcdnorthwales
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Having been on this trip last year, in the first class compartment, I was worried that this year would be an anti-climax. I was pleasantly surprised as we had comfortable seating and were slightly more squashed but more of a family unit because of that....More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank annarN4956XP
sgreig-ffwhr, Guest Relations Manager at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello, many thanks for your review, feedback is important to us. I am glad that you all enjoyed the majority of the santa train and that you and the girls would like to come back next year. I am sorry that the presents that they...More

Reviewed 9 December 2018

If you love a steam train, then this is a terrific little steam train that puffs its way around the welsh highlands offering wonderful scenery. We took the Santa train that went from Caernarfon station return. As adults we still enjoyed the festivities of Santa...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank lormesher
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

We had an absolutely amazing day on the Santa train. Our party of 11 boarded the festive train in Porthmadog where the staff were friendly, helpful and definitely in the Christmas spirit. During the journey to Beddgelert the adults were served sherry and mince pies...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank bettyh814
Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

Stunning scenery contrasting views of nature and old industry. Created to solve the problem of moving slate to easy distribution site it has transferred it's charm to modern tourism. Wonderful.....less expensive than Welsh Highland Railway and shorter journeys.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank N9063GRrobins
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11 October 2018|
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Response from TheStarofWoo | Reviewed this property |
We did the Ffestiniog line a few years ago, from Porthmadog to Ffestiniog and back. Quite honestly we were very disappointed. Apart from the unique 'complete circle' bit where the little train increases or decreases height... More
11 October 2018|
Response from sgreig-ffwhr | Property representative |
Hi Kath, both lines are very beautiful but I would suggest that the Ffestiniog being a heritage line rather than mainline gives a nostalgic feel to travelling through the beautiful scenery and there are stunning mountain and... More