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Tanfield Railway

Old Marley Hill, Gateshead NE16 5ET, England
+44 7508 092365
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Andrews House Station - needs attention

Andrews House Station, the main one on the line, is looking rather sad. It could do with a general... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Traveller1999
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England
Worth a visit

Run by volunteers worth a visit to see original steam trains in action. Pop along at Christmas and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BoomarangTraveller
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Newcastle upon Tyne, 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 atmosphere, when lifes pace was less hurried. Trains operate every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday throughout the year, plus Thursdays and Saturdays during the school Summer holidays. Make sure to break your journey at Causey Arch and take a walk across the World's oldest surviving railway, built in 1725 to transport coal from the Durham Coalfields to the River Tyne. Also, a short stroll from Andrews House station, is the engineering base of the railway at Marley Hill. Here you can get up close to our working and stored locomotives within the World's oldest working engine shed, built in 1854. Catering facilities are located at Andrews House station, Pontop Canteen at Marley Hill and Tommy Armstrong's tea room at East Tanfield station.
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“causey arch” (52 reviews)
“afternoon tea” (34 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Old Marley Hill, Gateshead NE16 5ET, England
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"great trip"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Andrews House Station, the main one on the line, is looking rather sad. It could do with a general spruce up, with attention to things like the paintwork, the shabby bench seat and weeds. This area forms a major impression on visitors' minds. The cafe...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Run by volunteers worth a visit to see original steam trains in action. Pop along at Christmas and visit the "Santa Express"

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a very wet Good Friday, but a thoroughly lovely couple of hours. the railway was interesting, there were lots of old ghosts of locomotives. There was clog dancing and music and steam trains chugging up and down the lines. Great place. I took...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful carriage, lovely people. Ride on train great. Be aware, if you book for one person, one Gluten Free tea for a table of 4, every one on that table will find they are only offered Gluten free food, this is obviously quite different to...More

Thank Diane R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have just returned from and afternoon tea event at Tanfield. Staff are great, all really helpful and friendly. The train itself is lovely, very quaint. The afternoon tea itself was nice, cakes and scones were really lovely as were the sandwiches, constant top ups...More

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

This is a great little railway, took the grandchildren and they loved their day out. Loads to see on the route, and end off with a hot chocolate and something to eat in the cafe

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

A venue that I had not visited since my sons were very small (youngest is now 25). Great to see the volunteers at work.

Thank HughB1
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

A great day out on this developing railway. Plenty of historic industrial engines to see and a very pleasant journey through the local countryside.

Thank 589Richard
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

An amazing collection of old trains & carriages alongside a heritage passenger railway service - active in spring & summer with a special Christmas experience. Great cafe too. They also have weddings & parties on the trains - fabulous !

Thank Ros896
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

The adult tickets for the excursion along Tanfield Railway’s Christmas special are quite steep at £16 each, however for young children the experience is probably worthwhile. The organisers have clearly tried to maximise in the Christmas theme with decorations at the ‘North Pole’ stop. Children...More

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hayl2611
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.
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alimack60
29 November 2017|
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Cheers, never thought of that !
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jfvc31
27 November 2017|
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Response from kls23 | Reviewed this property |
hi sorry i can't really help as I've never been at Christmas. The train ride isn't too long.
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