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Great Day Out

Regular visitor to this top Gateshead tourist attractions. Great for the family. Stean trains run... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2012
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lovely for kids

We did this in wintertime and it was sort of magic, going back into a previous century...

Reviewed 5 March 2012
Eva L
Durham, 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 13 March 2012

Regular visitor to this top Gateshead tourist attractions. Great for the family. Stean trains run every Sunday.

Thank ianbritton
Reviewed 5 March 2012

We did this in wintertime and it was sort of magic, going back into a previous century...

Thank Eva L
Reviewed 25 February 2012

we went about 2 years ago with our grandson and had a great day out

Thank peter2204
Reviewed 16 February 2012

We love the Tanfield, the volumteers are passionate, the train is wonderful and the views simply stunning. HIghly recommended for young and old alike.

Date of experience: September 2011
Thank GreenMillie64
Reviewed 8 February 2012

The kids loved the steam train but beware of leaning out of the windows - soot in the eye hurts!

Thank NortumberlandKew
Reviewed 29 January 2012

My son loves steam trains, so this was an ideal day out. ( He is 3)

Thank Jackie K
Reviewed 7 January 2012

now the lads are older don't get to ride the steam train anymore but used to love it and i know it sells out for the santa specials

Date of experience: December 2011
Thank cleners
Reviewed 12 December 2011

I visited here today an what a fantastic place, full of local history as this site was part of the Marley Hill coal pit, The engine sheds served the pit an are still in use today as they repair engines in there. You can go...More

Date of experience: December 2011
1  Thank Mike C
Reviewed 23 November 2011

We have taken our two children on the December Santa Trains three times now, and each time it has been magical. The whole set up is lovely, exciting for young children as well as rather interesting for us adults! The country side carriage ride is...More

Date of experience: December 2010
1  Thank Pidge_Pooh
Reviewed 11 November 2011

Visiting the oldest railway in the world is always fun. Been coming here for years, decades really and enjoyed it every time. Don't miss the excellent and very old loco shed, enjoy riding behind the small steam engines or just talk to the people –...More

Date of experience: December 2010
1  Thank Tomthekraut
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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.