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Tanfield Railway

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Address: Old Marley Hill, Gateshead NE16 5ET, England
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+44 845 463 4938
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Working steam railway museum with extensive engineering shops open to the...

Working steam railway museum with extensive engineering shops open to the public. Recreates defunct colliery lines of NE England. Steam train rides every Sunday.

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WINTER WARMER

Went with my sister for a Birthday Treat and had one of the best days out ever. Free and easy to park a beautiful little station. All the staff are professional and polite you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with my sister for a Birthday Treat and had one of the best days out ever. Free and easy to park a beautiful little station. All the staff are professional and polite you would not even realise they were all volunteers. We had a lovely train ride with soup and cakes an were served liked royalty as much tea... More 

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Thank Natalie S
South Shields, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a brilliant attraction Tanfield Railway is. A nostalgic ride on a steam train with an excellent tea of sandwiches and cakes in the Director's Coach and set in the most beautiful scenery wherever you looked. Thanks to all the volunteers of Tanfield Railway for keeping our heritage alive in such a professional yet friendly manner.

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Thank GrahameWright
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Terrific trains from the past and well maintained. Even when not operating there is a lot to see which captures the imagination and surprises still.

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Thank cruncheroom
Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I was bought a ticket for afternoon tea on the train I must admit my expectations weren't particularly high, but oh my goodness what a wonderful afternoon. The food was fantastic, a great variety of sandwiches (and plenty of them) followed by incredible cakes and constant tea refills. The carriage looked lovely with comfortable chairs, tablecloths and bone china... More 

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2 Thank Fiona W
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good day out for everyone. Run by volunteers who clearly want you to enjoy your visit. Informal and friendly. Interesting and informative displays in the engine sheds. Refreshments available or take your own picnic to make an occasion.

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2 Thank Ken F
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me, My Mum and my children (11 and 9) had afternoon tea on the 'Afternoon Tea' train as a Mother's Day gift, and what a lovely gift it was too. The carriage was sympathetically decorated, the trip itself was fun, the food was just what you'd love to have on a train as a afternoon tea and the staff were... More 

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2 Thank Kezza814
Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had afternoon high tea on the train. The food was lovely and there was loads of it. The volunteers who were looking after us were fabulous, and very attentive. The carriage has been renovated to a lovely standard with comfortable seats and plenty of room. Would wholeheartedly recommend this :)

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been regulars at Tanfield for well over a year and it shouldn't have taken us so long to write a review. The set up is run by volunteers and enthusiasts with trains every Sunday and certain other days throughout the year. Kids (big as well) love the place. As well as steam train trips it's possible to wander... More 

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2 Thank rdslight
Bury St Edmunds
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent Excellent Excellent!!!!!!!! The railway station is easily accessable and there is plenty of parking. We recommend paying the £3.00 supplement to travel in the Directors' Carriage. You are served with freshly made tea/coffee and luxury biscuits by excellent volunteer stewards and all included in the price. A very efficiently run attraction.

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2 Thank Whoami138
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Tanfield Railway is the WORLD'S oldest Railway built in 1725. The site currently has about 130 volunteers, many hundreds have been dedicated giving both time and energy and have worked tirelessly since 1970 to preserve our heritage and to bring some of the wonderful steam locomotives back to life. Not only do they smile and are always so friendly on... More 

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