Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 14-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. The world’s oldest steam engines, Prince and Palmerston, are still in regular use and celebrated their 150th birthdays in 2013. Our trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, clinging to the side of the mountains.
The Welsh Highland is Snowdonia’s newest railway. Trains pulled by the most powerful narrow gauge steam engines in the world start their spectacular 26 mile scenic journey from beneath the historic castle walls at Caernarfon. The comfortable trains climb from sea level to the foothills of Snowdon, before zig-zagging dramatically down the steep hillside to reach the picturesque village of 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.
Make your journey even more special by upgrading to First Class luxury from just £6 each way. Drinks and snacks are available on most trains and the WHR also offers freshly-cooked hot food. Don’t forget to visit Spooner’s, their award-winning pub and restaurant at Porthmadog and our gift shops at Caernarfon, Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Their café at Tan y Bwlch also offers hot and cold food and is an ideal starting point for a number of delightful woodland walks. One child under 16 travels free with each fare-paying adult.
Open year round. Check website for train times
One child under 16 travels free with each fare-paying adult
Both railways are members of the Great Little Trains of Wales – discounts available. Ask the Booking Office for details.
Photo Credits: © Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
For further information please visit: http://www.festrail.co.uk