Heritage Railway Tour Day 3: North Wales

We can look forward today to four and a half hours of narrow gauge steam travel as we ride on the Welsh Highland Railway from Porthmadog to Caernarvon and back!

Morning

Head back to the Ffestiniog’s Porthmadog Harbour station as the Welsh Highland Railway’s trains also leave from here. The reconstruction of the Welsh Highland Railway can be described as the most exciting railway project in the country; it takes in some of the best scenery in the UK as we journey through the Snowdonia National Park and trains are hauled by the most powerful 2' gauge steam locomotives in the world.

Departure times depend on dates. If you are travelling on 27 May or between 17 June and 16 September, our train leaves Porthmadog at 09.40 and arrives Caernarfon at 12.05. From 1 April until 20 May, 3 & 10 June and 23 September until 28 October, departure from Porthmadog is at 10.50; the train reaches Caernarfon at 13.10.

The Welsh Highland offers high-quality saloon carriages with on-train refreshments and toilets, the superior comfort of First Class in the Pullman Saloon "Bodysgallen" and a panoramic Pullman Observation carriage - or you could even experience the scenery with the wind ruffling your hair in one of the railway’s open coaches!

From Porthmadog, the Cambrian Coast Line runs to its terminus at Pwllheli. Five miles east of here there used to be a junction at Afon Wen with a 27.25 mile long line that ran north to Menai Bridge/Bangor via Caernarfon. The terminus of the old Welsh Highland Railway was at Dinas and the final three of miles of the journey today is along the route of the former Afon Wen to Caernarfon line which closed in 1963. The new Welsh Highland terminus lies in the shadow of Caernarfon Castle.

In addition to a standard light refreshment trolley service, Welsh Highland trains have a small kitchen offering a selection of freshly prepared food.
 

Lunch

From 1 April until 20 May, 3 to 17 June and 23 September until 28 October, we only have just over an hour at Caernarfon before our return train leaves.

The timetable on 27 May and from 24 June to 16 September allows nearly four hours here so plenty of time to head in to the town (right out of the station and from the roundabout, walk uphill with the castle on your left) for some lunch. If you prefer to stay at the station, there will be a photo opportunity with the departure of a train at 13.00.

 

Afternoon

From 1 April until 20 May, 3 to 17 June and 23 September until 28 October, we depart Caernarfon at 14.20 and arrive Porthmadog 16.30.

For visitors on 27 May or from 24 June to 16 September, we have more time to explore the town or visit the Castle. We leave Caernarfon at 15.45 and get back to Porthmadog at 18.00.

 

Evening

Another chance to try one of Porthmadog’s restaurants and cafes.
 

Overnight

The final night at your chosen accommodation in Porthmadog.
 
 

Other Itineraries

> Explore Mid Wales Days Out

> Heritage Railways

> Scenic Railway Day Trips

> Short Breaks by Train

> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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