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Retirement Party

What a fantastic little place. We hired a carriage on the train for a colleagues retirement party... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Steph W
Durham, United Kingdom
via mobile
Always add it on your NE itinerary

A well established railway and you can see the work being done at East Tanfield with a new carriage... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ken J
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“afternoon tea”(37 reviews)
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 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic little place. We hired a carriage on the train for a colleagues retirement party and couldn't thank the staff enough especially John who did his up most to ensure that it remained a surprise for our colleague whilst hiding a large group...More

Thank Steph W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A well established railway and you can see the work being done at East Tanfield with a new carriage shed. Great welcoming people whatever your age or your love of trains. As in previous visits the engine shed was open to the public and their...More

Thank Ken J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

Thank hollycottage
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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,...More

Thank BobScarlett
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out boarding the train and seeing some history. Ran by volunteers who are very keen to be helpful.

Thank Imran M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank lilymick7
Reviewed 10 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.

Thank DurhamSightseers
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

We went on the teddy bears picnic trip this morning having never visited Tanfield Railway before. Both kids (5&2) had a great morning. They loved the teddy theme and spotting teddies at the station along with the great train ride we all loved it. All...More

1  Thank Glassysteph
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Had afternoon tea on the Tanfield railway yesterday, oldest railway in the world. It is run by volunteers but they are so efficient and professional. We started at Andrew's house, where our table was set with dainty, tasty little sandwiches and that was followed by...More

2  Thank Barbara D
Reviewed 21 July 2018

Good use made of a disused line, Well worth a ride. The views are very good, and include the Causey Arch, possibly the firstbrailway viaducy.

Thank Dave C
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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.
29 November 2017|
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Response from alimack60 |
Cheers, never thought of that !