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my favourite heritage railway

This is one of my favourite heritage railways and I must have visited it many times over the last... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2018
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Great day out

Great day out boarding the train and seeing some history. Ran by volunteers who are very keen to... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2018
Imran M
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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 September 2018

This is one of my favourite heritage railways and I must have visited it many times over the last 30 years. What I like about it in particular is its well defined theme - being a local branch railway circa the year 1900. The engines,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BobScarlett
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Great day out boarding the train and seeing some history. Ran by volunteers who are very keen to be helpful.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Imran M
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

I took my 4year old granddaughter on the steam train. She loved the train hooting enjoyed everything. The tea rooms are nice staff very friendly.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lilymick7
Reviewed 11 August 2018

We started with a ride on steam train Twizzle, stopping off to spend some time at Causey Arch and to picnic. We followed this with a stroll around the engine sheds to see the renovation works. It's a great place for a gentle day out.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DurhamSightseers
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

We went on the teddy bears picnic trip this morning having never visited Tanfield Railway before. Both kids (5&2) had a great morning. They loved the teddy theme and spotting teddies at the station along with the great train ride we all loved it. All...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Glassysteph
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Had afternoon tea on the Tanfield railway yesterday, oldest railway in the world. It is run by volunteers but they are so efficient and professional. We started at Andrew's house, where our table was set with dainty, tasty little sandwiches and that was followed by...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Barbara D
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Good use made of a disused line, Well worth a ride. The views are very good, and include the Causey Arch, possibly the firstbrailway viaducy.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Dave C
Reviewed 18 July 2018

The train was very uncomfortable and jerky and seemed to be stopped longer than it was moving to allow the staff to change points. I've been on better ones but all credit to the staff and volunteers for keeping part of the heritage of NE...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Bobby M
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Very friendly. An authentic industrial railway site. Real railway and industry enthusiasts will love Tanfield. You have to stand and breath in the atmosphere of steam and coal dust in the ancient engine shed and examine the workshop complete with oil engines and belt driven...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Sandytrains
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Lovely wee place, great for a trip out and to experience a steam train trip. Friendly staff and well organised. A step back in time

Date of experience: July 2018
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29 November 2018|
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Response from Jillybeanmarshall | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the carriages dont have heating so if you wear PJs i'd recommend wearing your clothes underneath :). There used to be a polar express at the Weardale Railway where people wore PJs but that had heated carriages.
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.