Blaenau Ffestiniog is a small town in North Wales, which is known for its narrow gauge railway and its slate quarries.
The city is located in the mountains of Snowdonia and was during the heyday of the slate industry in Wales an important business location.
Today, the city lives mainly from tourism. It is the center of the Snowdonia National Park. The park boundaries were deliberately drawn so that the city does not fall within the National Park with its huge overburden mounds of slate.
The biggest tourist attractions today include the Ffestiniog Railway Porthmadog and the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, an old slate mine, which can be visited by tourists. The Miners Tramway takes visitors to the slate mines on the steepest railway Britain to the underground chambers.