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Industrial Britain pioneer

This little Railway is the oldest existing railway route in the World. Steam along through some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gateshead, United Kingdom
An excellent place to visit

The train ride is very interesting with a view of Causy Arch. The engine shed is also very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wrexham, United Kingdom
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“afternoon tea”(37 reviews)
The Tanfield Railway, the World's oldest railway dating back to 1725, is a wonderful day out for all the family, whatever the weather. Just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery as steam drifts past your vintage carriage in a truly yesteryear...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Old Marley Hill, Gateshead NE16 5ET, England
+44 7508 092365
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This little Railway is the oldest existing railway route in the World. Steam along through some lovely countryside and industrial heritage between Tanfield and Marley Hill. Stop off at Causey Arch, the oldest surviving single span bridge in the World, built in 1726. Also, stop...More

Thank Kev_Gough_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The train ride is very interesting with a view of Causy Arch. The engine shed is also very interesting as a building in its own right as it is over 150 years old and still has the belt driven workshop machines The tearoom at Andrews...More

Thank PeterinWales
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All kids love steam trains and as us big kids do too. So it was an enthusiastic Dad armed with iphone wielding rugrats set off to Tanfield. It was brilliant, ran wholly by volunteers the steam experience is great defo recommend it, the kids enjoyed...More

Thank Andy H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a group of 25 people, we had a dedicated carriage as part of the first departure of the day from Andrews House Station. The arrangements for the trip had been made with Tommy and Brenda provided us with picnic lunches and soup after the...More

Thank NeilAB
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

This railway has the most authentic colliery engine shed that I have seen since the real thing as a child. Not a hi-viz jacket in sight. A proper representation of a colliery railway with the addition of a little station building. Great atmosphere. Redolent of...More

Thank TenMileBank
Reviewed 3 October 2018

A must visit. Enjoyed a day on this little railway with my partners niece & hubbie and their young son (1) & daughter (2) - daughter wanted to see a choo choo. When we got there and she saw the green saddle tank, she shouted,...More

Thank Arthur G
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Lovely to see old steam trains up close monsters of the railway lines in days gone by. Well woth a visit.

Thank Debra B
Reviewed 27 September 2018

for the kids very very nice day out you can have a nice walk round in the woods and fields i had a nice BBQ and my kids loved it

Thank joel h
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic little place. We hired a carriage on the train for a colleagues retirement party and couldn't thank the staff enough especially John who did his up most to ensure that it remained a surprise for our colleague whilst hiding a large group...More

Thank Steph W
Reviewed 4 September 2018

A well established railway and you can see the work being done at East Tanfield with a new carriage shed. Great welcoming people whatever your age or your love of trains. As in previous visits the engine shed was open to the public and their...More

Thank Ken J
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19 August 2018|
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Response from Denise P | Reviewed this property |
I think the bate approach should be made via the railway - or go to the railway, have a trip and go to the tea room and ask there.
7 December 2017|
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Response from kls23 | Reviewed this property |
Hi I'm not sure about Christmas time. sorry can't be more helpful.
30 November 2017|
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Response from alimack60 |
Cheers, never thought of that !