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Afternoon tea

Spent all day riding the trains with lovely walks around the two termini. Then afternoon tea in the... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Jan P
via mobile
A great day out

Run by the usual steam enthusiasts, the Tanfield Railway is well worth a visit.to experience travel... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2018
Peter H
Grantham, United Kingdom
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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 9 July 2018 via mobile

Spent all day riding the trains with lovely walks around the two termini. Then afternoon tea in the beautifully restored director’s saloon. Lovely afternoon tea served by young volunteers, overseen by a friendly and knowledgeable guard. Fab day out with friends. I live locally and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Jan P
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Run by the usual steam enthusiasts, the Tanfield Railway is well worth a visit.to experience travel in a bygone age. If you want a padded seat and tea in the "posh" carriages you need to book well ahead. For us the enthusiasm of the volunteers...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Peter H
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Visited on a warm 24c day to find timetable in turmoil as worried about warping track. Pleeease this is not an HST! Ive been on many preserved lines in much hotter times. Gripe over, it is a lovely little railway in gorgeous countryside. I ended...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Well I had a shock at been charged to get in as when my children were young it was a good cheap day out but I had to pay £29 to get in its still good but after just over an hour we were in...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank blenkida
Reviewed 20 June 2018

We visited the Tanfield Railway , which is always a pleasure, As well as the fabulous engines, lovely countryside, great walks based around the area. But what makes this heritage railway stand out are the volunteers. The whole operation has the air of a family...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Denise P
Reviewed 18 June 2018

In December take the kids on the Xmas trip to see Santa. Really special. Short but nice. Memories are made from moments like this. 😀

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jody V
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Came up for the weekend and well worth the trip. Excellent event with passenger trips and demonstration coal train.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Donna Louise S
Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

I spent several days trying to call after my emails were ignored(by time they replied the dates that we wanted were booked). The listed phone number rang out after 4 rings and did not have an answer phone. We eventually booked on another day and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Had a great day here with a friend from London. Very friendly easy going place. Not stuffy like so many preserved railways. Cream tea on the train, quite expensive and need to book in advance, but well worth it for a special occasion.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank lintottmrandrewl
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Its sweet, run by volunteers, you can go into the station shed to see them working. nice line, check opening times and prices. They have twice a year teddy bear day, where any child with a teddy bear gets a free ride

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank ro53sm
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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.