Discover Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
Come along for a delightful journey with the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways, where every turn offers a picture-perfect view of Snowdonia’s best, and every whistle and chug is steeped in history!
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways promise an amazing experience, whether you’re a railway enthusiast, a lover of the outdoors, or searching for a special family adventure.
They intend to start offering rail services again on March 23. Tourists and railway aficionados alike can now once more take advantage of the distinctive experience offered by these old lines. Keep an eye on their website for updates so you can plan your trip on these classic Welsh railways. More information regarding train schedules, special events and any new services will be available as they are finalised.
Journey Through Time: The Ffestiniog Railway
As the oldest narrow gauge railway in the world, the Ffestiniog Railway was originally constructed to move slate from the Blaenau Ffestiniog quarry to the Porthmadog seaport, it was established in 1832. It started off as a freight railway but eventually switched to a passenger railway, with passenger trains operating since 1865.
The railway meanders by picturesque lakes and waterfalls, as well as tranquil meadows and thick woodlands. Its inclusion in the UNESCO-designated “Slate Landscape of North Wales” World Heritage Site speaks volumes to its enormous cultural and historical importance.
Scenic Majesty: The Welsh Highland Railway
The Welsh Highland Railway, the UK’s longest heritage railway, was fully reopened in 2011. The 25-mile route from Caernarfon to Porthmadog includes the foot of Snowdon, the beautiful resort of Beddgelert, and the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass. The sights are incredible, and the voyage in their comfy coaches, especially the elegant first-class Pullman, is an unforgettable experience.
Experience the Magic of ‘The Snowdonian’ Train Adventure in 2024
Mark your calendars for an unforgettable rail ride aboard ‘The Snowdonian’ on April 20th, 2024. This exclusive 80-mile round trip includes the whole Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways network.
The route begins in Porthmadog and continues into the heart of Snowdonia to Blaenau Ffestiniog and Caernarfon before returning to Porthmadog. The trip begins at approximately 8.45 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
The journey includes meals and refreshments and passengers can choose from various seating options, including the standard Third Class, the luxurious First Class Pullman and the exclusive First Class Observation Saloon, each offering a distinct experience and comfort level. Prices range from £260 to £525.
A portion of the ticket proceeds go towards sustainability projects, which assist to protect the future of these historic railways. For bookings and further information, please contact their Booking Office directly at 01766 516024
Dining Experiences on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Enhance your railway experience with a range of food options on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. Whether you’re starting your day or winding down for the evening, there’s something to suit your taste.
Spooner’s Café and Bar
Enjoy a variety of meals from breakfast to dinner, including a Sunday Carvery. It’s an ideal place to unwind, with different operating hours throughout the week.
Caffi De Winton
This cafe, conveniently placed at Caernarfon Station, provides a quiet area for a morning or early afternoon lunch, and its hours coincide with those of the station shop.
Tea Room in Tan-Y-Bwlch Station
This tearoom is open every day and is excellent for a midday snack while exploring.
For a unique experience, pre-book a luxury picnic basket to enjoy during your train journey. Available on select services, it adds a special touch to your travel.
Accessibility on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways are committed to welcoming and accommodating visitors of all abilities. Key accessibility features include:
Most trains are equipped with modern carriages that include spaces for customers with mobility impairments and wheelchair users. Ramps and steps are available on all trains to assist with boarding..
Major stations offer better access and facilities for those with mobility challenges. These include designated parking spaces, ramped entrances, and accessible toilets.
Assistance for the Visually Impaired
Staff are available to assist visually impaired passengers with menus and food service.
Limited Accessibility in Certain Areas
Some stations and trains, especially those with vintage carriages may have limited accessibility due to their historic nature.
It’s recommended to book in advance if you require special arrangements, particularly for designated wheelchair spaces
For a stress-free visit, passengers with specific needs are advised to contact Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways in advance to discuss the best options for their journey.
Accommodation Near Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
For visitors to the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways looking for nearby accommodations and activities, there are several options available catering to different preferences and budgets.
Travelodge Porthmadog Hotel
Located about 0.6 miles from the railways, this hotel is a convenient base for explorers. It offers basic but adequate amenities, ideal for those who plan to spend most of their time outdoors.
Dolafon Guest House
Situated approximately 13.2 miles from the railways, this guest house in Llanberis is known for its warm hospitality and comfortable rooms. It’s an excellent choice for those seeking a homely stay.
Also in Llanberis and just a bit further from the railways, Dol Peris offers a welcoming atmosphere, great facilities, and is conveniently located for exploring the local area.
Ffestiniog Railway Cottage
For a unique stay, consider the Ffestiniog Railway Cottage in Penrhyndeudraeth. This traditional Welsh miner’s cottage, dating back to 1851, is an ideal base for exploring Snowdonia and North Wales, with the railway running along its garden wall.
Bron Eifion Hotel and Wedding Venue
About 5.1 miles from the railways, this hotel provides a mix of elegance and comfort, set within beautiful gardens
*All the pictures in this post were kindly provided by Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways*
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