Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Family Activity Break

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience quality time with your family in a timeless way
  • Nostalgic steam train journeys
  • Enjoy Snowdonia National Park



If you've never visited North Wales with the family then this is an ideal introduction to this great part of Britain. Sit back and enjoy stunning views of Snowdonia National Park and the dramatic UNESCO slate quarry landscape onboard the world-famous heritage Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.


Day 1

Arrive Porthmadog independently and check in to your hotel for the evening.

Day 2

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. The slate landscapes that surround the town have now become Wales' fourth UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.

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 Castle, recognised around the world as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages.

Day 4

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 or extend your trip.

Price Includes

  • 3 nights accommodation in a family room at the Premier Inn on a B&B 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

Price per person

From £1,155 per family based on two adults and two children (aged 4 to 15) sharing a family room.

Quotes for couples and private groups available upon request 

Enquire about extending your trip

Booking form

Download your tour booking form here.


24/7 Support


Ffestiniog Travel provides 'out of hours' support for all independent travellers in the event of an emergency.

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

Logos Pharos Response ABTOT AITO Quality Charter

Facebook Twitter YouTube Flickr