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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

Reviewed yesterday
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

Reviewed 2 days ago
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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Old Marley Hill, Gateshead NE16 5ET, England
+44 7508 092365
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank suem6622018
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Okay so we booked up for the Christmas experience to board the Polar Express and rush off to see Santa at the North Pole. Had heard conflicting reviews from friends, family and work colleagues about their experiences on this over the last few years and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank deepfreezevegan17
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visit as a family every year for this event. It's a really lovely, traditional Christmas treat. It is the oldest railway in the UK and I think if you are looking for a Polar Express type event, then this maybe isn't for you. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jillybeanmarshall
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the Tanfield polar express this weekend and had a wonderful time. The train and rail journey was excellent and the hospitality offered was homely but very atmospheric and superbly put together. One of the volunteers asked how experience could be improved; we couldn't...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Paul W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited the Railway today with my extended family. Just wanted to thank every employee working on the line and stations for a truly fantastic experience from start to finish - magical. Well worth the ticket price.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GlobeTrotting425385
Reviewed 3 days ago

I took two of my grandchildren with their mother and my wife to board the 1:15 Polar Express Train today, however when we turned off the main road the gate to the carpark was closed but there were cars in the car parked beyond. Just...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BillNorthumberland
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent train ride for all the family, the volunteers who organise and run this event made our visit most enjoyable, we will definetly visit again

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Judith M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice steam train ride through lovely scenery, and very sweet cafe at the end using bone China teasets, with delicious homemade cakes , well worth a visit the volunteers are all very friendly too

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank davenkay2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth a go. Very interesting place with a lot of history behind it. Lovely train ride. Very friendly people and great little tea shop at the East Tanfield stop. All of the people that work at Tanfield are volunteers with no source of funding other...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank uk_sassypants
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little Railway is the oldest existing railway route in the World. Steam along through some lovely countryside and industrial heritage between Tanfield and Marley Hill. Stop off at Causey Arch, the oldest surviving single span bridge in the World, built in 1726. Also, stop...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Kev_Gough_12
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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.