Welsh Highland Railway



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The Welsh Highland Railway is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales and was voted Heritage Railway of the Year in 2009. The line runs between Caernarfon and Porthmadog. Passengers can enjoy the wonderful scenery of Snowdonia whilst travelling in modern comfortable carriages. There is a refreshment service on all trains with trolley service to your seat and freshly prepared hot meals from the on-train kitchen. A first class panorama vehicle, recently named by Her Majesty The Queen is at the rear of some trains.

Welsh Highland Railway
St. Helen's Road, CAERNARFON, LL55 2YD


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Trains are accessible by wheelchair ramps - please give extra time for boarding
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct & Feb half term. Santa trains in Dec. Open between Xmas & New Year & Feb half term. Limited winter service please check with venue before travelling

About the area

Discover Gwynedd

The county of Gwynedd is home to most of the Snowdonia National Park – including the wettest spot in Britain, an arête running up to Snowdon’s summit that receives an average annual rainfall of 4,473mm. With its mighty peaks, rivers and strong Welsh heritage (it has the highest proportion of Welsh-speakers in all of Wales), it’s always been an extremely popular place to visit and live. The busiest part is around Snowdon; around 750,000 people climb, walk or ride the train to the summit each year.

Also in Gwynedd is the Llyn Peninsula, a remote part of Wales sticking 30 miles out into the Irish Sea. At the base of the peninsula is Porthmadog, a small town linked to Snowdonia by two steam railways – the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. Other popular places are Criccieth, with a castle on its headland overlooking the beach, Pwllheli, and Abersoch and the St Tudwal Islands. Elsewhere, the peninsula is all about wildlife, tranquillity, and ancient sacred sites. Tre’r Ceiri hill fort is an Iron Age settlement set beside the coastal mountain of Yr Eifl, while Bardsey Island, at the tip of the peninsula, was the site of a fifth-century Celtic monastery.

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