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Bowes Railway

Springwell Road | Gateshead, Gateshead NE9 7QJ, England
+44 191 416 1847
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Blacksmith fun

Took part in the blacksmith taster a few weekends ago and it was great fun. I watched the baby... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
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40's Weekend in the village

Bowes Railway played a big part in the recent and excellent 40's weekend in Springwell Village. I... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2017
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The Bowes Railway is unique amongst preserved railways. It is home to the only standard gauge rope hauled incline still in operation. A visit to Bowes includes a visitor trail around our scheduled industrial monument, the rope hauled inclines, a three mile steam hauled train ride and refreshment facilities. All of this can be found at a small but friendly railway at the heart of the North East.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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Springwell Road | Gateshead, Gateshead NE9 7QJ, England
+44 191 416 1847
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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Took part in the blacksmith taster a few weekends ago and it was great fun. I watched the baby while four family members learnt how to work metal into a spike, a coil and a twist. They were all very proud of their achievements!

Thank JKerr88
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Bowes Railway played a big part in the recent and excellent 40's weekend in Springwell Village. I would go so far as to say that everyone who made the effort to visit the village for this weekend really enjoyed themselves (bairns to grandparents ) even...More

Thank JimmyHT
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Despite being from the area and living in the area, I had never visited the railway until the recent 1940s Festival. The volunteers do a fantastic job of trying to maintain the old carriages etc and I certainly think more should be done in terms...More

Thank Victoria N
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

I've been to visit bowes more times than I can remember and is defiantly something I can recommend. I'm local and pass bowes everyday. As well as visiting and riding the train when I was younger I've also spent a lot of time recently on...More

Thank dionnecandice
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

A great little place with a lot to offer at a reasonable price. It dipped over the last decade or so but the improvements made recently have brought it back to almost its 90s glory. Would be great if more of the line could be...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Great day out, my son was allowed to get hands on in the workshops , staff are very knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank Philip W
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Been here twice, first time about a month ago to one of the heritage open days where a guided tour around the site and behind the scenes, very enjoyable and entertained by the guide, took a load of pictures, prices in snack shop very good...More

1  Thank JohnAngieWalker
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Been a few times with family today with my boyfriend , unfortunately no passenger trains running they hope to runs these in future , sometimes the engine is fired up , but it wasn't today, first visit to coffee shop, corned beef pie was lovely...More

Thank alison j
Reviewed 26 August 2016

You get to see part of our railway heritage & you can also take a short ride to see what it felt like in those days, a very good day.

Thank Ernie H
Reviewed 27 July 2016

An absolute must for fellow train-geeks. The volunteers have spent an enormous amount of time and effort making the entire site accessible to visitors - you can literally walk around the whole site at your leisure for no cost at all. On open days the...More

Thank chisbee
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Response from robkitchuk | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hello, unfortunately the site is currently only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first weekend of each month. Apologies.