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Glyndwr's Castles Rail Tour - Day 2

Explore the mountains of Snowdonia with a ride on Ffestiniog Railway and the Conwy Valley line. You will arrive at Conwy with its prominent castle overlooking the estuary.

 

Morning

Board the Cambrian Coast train once again at 10.28 heading on a short journey north of Harlech to the town of Porthmadog, famous for its narrow gauge steam trains. You will arrive here at 10.53; turn right out of the station and walk through the town to reach the Ffestiniog Railway harbour station (it is just over half a mile).

Your next stage of the journey is on the Ffestiniog’s 11.25 (11.55 on peak season dates) train heading north to the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. This train runs Tuesday to Thursdays from 7 April to 29 October 2020.

Harlech railway station is on the Cambrian Coast Line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli.

Ffordd Morfa, Harlech, LL46 2UL

 

Porthmadog railway station is on the Cambrian Coast Line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli. The station is located less than a 5 minute walk from the town centre and connections to the heritage railways is via a 15 minute walk.

High St, Porthmadog, LL49 9HT

 
Ffestiniog Railway

The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the world, established in 1832.

Rail Route: Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF

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Lunch

Your steam train will arrive at Blaenau Ffestiniog at 12.40 (or 13.20) - time for some lunch!

Blaenau Ffestiniog is famously known as the "slate capital of Wales" and the "town that roofed the world". Its industrial role has long since diminished, yet Blaenau Ffestiniog attracts many visitors because of its rich slate history.

Gwynedd, LL41 3HS

 
 

Afternoon

Return to the railway station and board the 14.57 Conwy Valley train; you will travel through the longest tunnel on a single track railway line in the UK, emerging into the glorious scenery of the Snowdonia mountains and pass through Betws-y-Coed and Llanrwst.

Once you have arrived at Llandudno Junction (the journey takes about an hour), the splendour of Conwy Castle comes into full view. Leave the train here and take the 16.20 Holyhead train for a very short journey across the estuary to arrive in Conwy - this is a request stop so inform the conductor that you want the train to stop!

The town is steeped in history with its famous walled town and castle which was held by Owain Glyndwr’s forces during the rebellion.
Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway Station

Blaenau Ffestiniog railway station is the terminus of the Conwy Valley Line from Llandudno Junction; most trains run from/to Llandudno. Trains connect with the North Wales Coast Line. It is also the terminus of the Ffestiniog Railway.

Church St, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3H

 
 

Overnight

Conwy has a huge variety of places to eat as well as places to stay the night. Besides, how often do you get the opportunity to sleep in a walled castle town!
 
 

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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