Welcome to Blaenau Ffestiniog


Although slate mining continues on a small scale, it's the abandoned workings of this once-mighty industry that are now Blaenau's attraction. It's by no means a 'pretty' town, but opportunities to explore the slate caverns or pursue extreme sports make it a great day trip from Porthmadog, via the historic Ffestiniog Railway.


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The Steam Trains of Wales

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival into WalesPass By: Brecon BeaconsArrive today into Wales and travel into the Brecon Beacons National Park. You will check into your accommodation for the next two nights.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Brecon BeaconsDay 2: Brecon Mountain RailwayStop At: Brecon Mountain RailwayEmbark today on the Brecon Mountain Railway - a narrow gauge train that runs through the Brecon Beacons and along the length of the Pontsticill Reservoir. Enjoy beautiful walks around the waterfalls here before spending the rest of the day exploring the National Park.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Brecon BeaconsDay 3: Bala Lake RailwayStop At: Bala Lake RailwayLeave behind the Brecon Beacons as you travel up to North Wales.Visit the town of Bala along your way, here you will journey on the Bala Lake Railway. Offering astounding views of Llyn Tegid, the surrounding countryside, don't forget to keep an eye out for the wildlife nestling alongside this line!Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in SnowdoniaDay 4: Ffestiniog RailwayStop At: Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland RailwaysVisit the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog in the very heart of Snowdonia this morning. This town is bursting with history and you can explore this and more at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns with an underground tour (not included). Your train for today is the Ffestiniog Railway which takes a much gentler pace through this beautiful area of Wales.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in SnowdoniaDay 5: Snowdon Mountain RailwayStop At: Llanberis StationTravel south on your journey today, discovering the magical mid-Wales. But, before you leave you will climb onto the Snowdon Mountain Railway which will take you to the peak of the highest mountain in England and Wales - Snowdon. Of course, the views are phenomenal from here - you won't want to come down!Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Mid-WalesDay 6: Vale of Rheidol RailwayStop At: Vale Of Rheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, WalesSpend some time this morning on the west coast of Wales before embarking on your steam train for the day. The Vale of Rheidol Railway offers 12-miles of breath-taking scenery as you wind your way up the edge of the valley to the mythical Devil's Bridge - said to be the last place in Wales the Devil ever visited. Take a stroll around these beautiful waterfalls before you continue your journey south to the capital city of Cardiff. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in CardiffDay 7: CardiffPass By: Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, South Wales, WalesExplore the busy capital city of Cardiff this morning.Stop At: St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, South Wales, WalesWhy not take the opportunity to visit one of Europe's leading open-air museums, St. Fagan's Natural History Museum. Here you can explore how people in Wales used to live, work and previously spend their leisure time.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in CardiffDay 8: Departure DayPass By: Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, South Wales, WalesToday you will depart for your onward journey home.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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