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Two of North Wales' most exciting attractions, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways are a real treat for any railway enthusiast.

The Ffestiniog Railway is the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round tight bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it. The Ffestiniog Railway and its infrastructure are now an integral part of the UNESCO “Slate landscape of North Wales” World Heritage Site.

The Welsh Highland Railway is the UK’s longest heritage railway and runs for 25 miles from Caernarfon, past the foot of Snowdon and the picture postcard village of Beddgelert, then through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog. Passengers ride in some of the most comfortable carriages on any heritage railway in the UK, including first class Pullman luxury and freshly-cooked food delivered to your seat.

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    • Monty's Guide
      October 3, 2022 at 9:27 pm
      Welsh Highland Heritage Railway
      4.5
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      Rachel DyasRachel Dyas

      13:16 20 Oct 22
      Excellent family outing. Staff are all so friendly and informative. The museum is excellent for children and the miniature railway was great fun. A great way to spend a couple of hours

      Sara MakiSara Maki

      15:08 02 Sep 22
      We had such a lovely time here with the family. The train operators are so friendly and very knowledgeable. It's a great place for kids, the museum has lots of free activities to do, and you can also ride a miniature locomotive. Thanks so much for a great time!

      Gavin HodgsonGavin Hodgson

      07:24 31 Aug 22
      Very friendly small heritage railway that's great for the kids. Please don't get it mixed up with the Welsh Highland Railway - the track at the Welsh Highland HERITAGE Railway is very short, with the museum that you stop at being the main feature. The museum is interesting for railway enthusiasts & has plenty to keep children entertained (including a miniature ride on railway). The volunteers are brilliant - friendly, helpful & very patient with children. The cafe is very good too & probably serves the best breakfast in Porthmadog.

      Chris JonesChris Jones

      13:53 13 Aug 22
      The best start to a train/railway enthusiast's holiday week.Paid a second visit to the wonderful WHHR yesterday on a glorious summer's day. Sun, steam and scenery, can't beat that.Riding behind the famous Russell was on the bucket list for months. Was so made up to cross it off finally!The staff and volunteers there are absolutely out of this work. Befriended a few there (Pete and Mackenzie) who were working the train that afternoon. What started as a lovely day out ended up in me helping the whole crew put the locomotive and carriages away at the end of the day! Haven't done that for a while...Already enquiring to volunteer there as I write this, waited long enough.If you haven't been, what are you waiting for? Perfect day out for families, completely family friendly. Fantastic museum, wonderful loco collection, friendly staff and just overall a place to be for whatever age you are. Highly recommended.5 all day.

      clare woodcockclare woodcock

      20:08 08 Jun 22
      A brilliant family day out for a very reasonable price. We were lucky enough to be in the area when the steam trains were on and took our 1 and 4 year old. The actual train ride didn't last long but the interactive parts of helping to change the signals made up for that. The stop at their museum was also excellent with different activities and trains that you can stand on and lots of buttons to press. And because the tickets lasted all day we got to go on twice. Both the kids really enjoyed this activity and so did myself and me husband. Will definitely visit here again.

      jay palmerjay palmer

      20:26 16 May 22
      Nice little train ride then to the train museum. Also the opportunity to go on another miniature train tide. In all takes about an hour. Very pleasant helpful staff.

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