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Santa visit

Great afternoon out with family. Wrap up warm it can be cold but nice snug cafe at the end of line... read more

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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North Pole Express

We visit as a family every year for this event. It's a really lovely, traditional Christmas treat... read more

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Jillybeanmarshall
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

Wonderful historic railway, lots to see and do. The staff are amazing and work so hard to ensure that the engines and trains look their very best. The scenery is lovely and there is a good choice of sandwiches and snacks available. Well worth keeping an eye on the website if you live nearby as there are many themed days.

Date of experience: August 2018
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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, coaches, stations and supporting infrastructure are all consistent with that theme. That apart, it is a first rate visitor attraction with plenty to do and see at various points along the line and a lovely railway footpath alongside it. The fare structure is flexible and you can buy a ticket for a single journey plus there are generous concessions for seniors. Some heritage railways will only sell "day rover" type tickets and offer no concessions. Our typical visit involves parking at East Tanfield station, walking to Sunniside, lunch at The Potters Wheel, then catch the train back from Sunniside to East Tanfield. A great day out even if it is raining.

Possible negative. There is a gap in the railway path part way between Causey Arch and Andrews House - and you have to walk on the actual line for a short distance. Maybe this can be remedied some time?.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BobScarlett
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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
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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
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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
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