Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Family Activity Break

Taliesin leads Linda past Tanygrisiau
Ffestiniog Railway
Ffestiniog Railway
Welsh Highland Railway
The Welsh Highland Railway travels through the Aberglaslyn Pass - © UK TM tour
Welsh Highland Railway

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience quality time with your family in a timeless way
  • Buffet service at your seat
  • Weekend in Snowdonia with numerous exciting activities available
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If you've never visited North Wales with the kids then this is an ideal introduction to this great part of Britain - and you don't even have to get in the car to get there and explore! This 3-night break includes train travel from your nearest railway station so you can sit back and enjoy the journey with the children and arrive refreshed.  The world famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways are the perfect way to discover the scenic landscape of Snowdonia National Park and the Vale of Ffestiniog.  This family package includes journeys on both railways and there are numerous activities you can do along the way.  We can help you plan an itinerary during the 80 miles steam journey from Blaneau Ffestiniog to Caernarfon.  The price quoted is for rail travel from London's Euston station but we can provide a quote for travel from any UK station.

Itinerary

Day 1

Travel from London Euston to Porthmadog on the edge of Snowdonia. Depart London mid morning, and with just one change of trains in Birmingham arrive in Porthmadog at tea time. Travelling by train means time to spend with family.

Day 2

Breakfast is available in Spooners, on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway platform at Harbour station. Today take a return trip on the Ffestiniog Railway, 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. 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 train will take you to Blaenau Ffestiniog where you could visit Llechwedd slate caverns, to discover the story of slate on an amazing tour, or go on an off-road adventure into the heart of Llechwedd’s Mountains. The more energetic can bring out your inner James Bond and Lara Croft on Zip World Bounce Below, where thrill seekers aged seven and up get a shot of pure, unadulterated fun in a spectacular setting deep underground.

Return to Porthmadog on the Ffestiniog Railway, and why not break the journey at Tan-y-Bwlch where you can explore the nature trail, or enjoy the scenery from the licensed cafe with playground.

Day 3

Return to Harbour Station for a trip on The Welsh Highland Railway, the UK’s longest heritage railway which runs for 25 miles to Caernarfon, through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass, past the picture postcard village of Beddgelert and the foot of Snowdon. Passengers ride in some of the most comfortable carriages on any heritage railway in the UK.

In Caernarfon there is time to visit the intimidating Castle.

Day 4

Why not try breakfast in the locally renowned Breaktimes Cafe close to the Travelodge. There is time to squeeze in a trip to the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway where, as well as a short train ride, you will stop at the Engine Sheds where you get to climb into the cabs of the locomotives and see how things work, as well as ride on the miniature railway.

Return home by train, or extend your trip.

Price Includes

  • 3 nights accommodation in a family room at the Travelodge on room only basis
  • Return trip on Ffestiniog Railway in third class
  • Return trip on Welsh Highland Railway in third class
  • Family day ticket for the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway
  • Return rail tickets from London Euston to Porthmadog
  • Family Railcard discount

Price per person

From £660 per family based on two adults and two children (aged 4 to 15) sharing a family room.

Rail tickets from any UK station can be included, please ask for a quotation.

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Why Choose Ffestiniog Travel?

  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
  • Created for people who love rail holidays and exploring the world’s heritage railways
  • Dedicated rail holiday specialist - great destinations, sightseeing and unparalled railway content
  • Train ticket supplier for worldwide rail operators - we can plan and arrange your rail journey to anywhere
  • Knowledge of the world’s rail routes makes us leading specialists in escorted and Tailor Made rail holidays
  • Over 60% of our existing rail tour travellers return to holiday with us year after year
  • Committed to supporting rail travel and heritage railways around the world
  • Our profits support the continued preservation of the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Small, dedicated rail holiday travel team offering an award winning personal service

 

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