Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Mini Break

Aerial View of the Italianate Village of Portmeirion
Portmeirion beach - © Tim Richmond Photography
Portmeirion Piazza - © Tim Richmond Photography
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 the magic of staying in Portmeirion
  • The chance to experience the beauty of Snowdonia from over 40 miles of scenic railway
  • Savour the romance of gleaming steam engines and carriages
  • Buffet service at your seat
  • Free access to all Portmeirion village's facilities

Tour Dates:
Available 9 April to 25 May 2018

Ffestiniog Travel is delighted to be working in partnership with the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways and Portmeirion Hotel to bring you this 3-night mini break to beautiful North Wales. Travel to this scenic part of Britain by train and enjoy the sumptious surroundings of the Italianate village of Portmeirion, nestled against the stunning Welsh coastline.Journeys on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highand Railways will take you through Snowdonia National Park - views from the train will deliver some majestic scenery. It's a great way to explore the region and there are many activities you can do en route which we can help you plan and arrange. Rail costs quoted are from London's Euston station, but this break is available from any railway station in the UK, contact us to get a revised quote.


Day 1

Travel from London Euston to Portmeirion on the edge of Snowdonia. Depart London mid-morning, and with just one change of trains in Birmingham spend the afternoon admiring the beautiful scenery of the Cambrian Coast from the train, before arriving at Minffordd at tea time. A courtesy taxi will meet you at the station and take you to Portmeirion.

Portmeirion was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Aside from its iconic architecture, scenic surroundings and vast woodland gardens, Portmeirion is home to hip hotels, a huddle of historic cottages, a spa and award winning restaurants.

Day 2

See the dawn break over the mountains of Meirionnydd. Watch the rising tide fill the Dwyryd estuary, covering the golden sands from shore to shore.

Travel to Porthmadog Harbour station for 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.

Choose to explore the town that roofed the world, or break your journey at Tan-y-Bwlch to walk the nature trail and enjoy the atmosphere of the cafe.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the iconic architecture, woodland walks, galleries, Shell Grotto, Mermaid Spa, shops and usual plants around Portmeirion. Indulge your memories of cult 1960s television series “The Prisoner” which was filmed here.

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.

There is time for lunch in Caernarfon, close to the castle.

Day 4

After a final breakfast at Portmeirion return home by train, or extend your trip.

Price Includes

  • 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at Portmeirion
  • Complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival at Portmeirion
  • Return trip on Ffestiniog Railway in third class
  • Return trip on Welsh Highland Railway in third class
  • Return rail tickets from London Euston to Minffordd

Price per person

From £675 per person based on two sharing at village/castle standard room.

Single room supplement from £195.

Upgrades to first class on Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways also available. Why not add a Pullman afternoon tea?

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

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