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A magical experience for little ones and old alike

This was the first time we visited Tanfield and we have had lovely day we will certainly visit... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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 11 December 2018
Gateshead, 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 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my four year old for the Christmas experience. It was OK. Logistically you're unable to have Santa on the train, compared to similar experiences elsewhere so you traveled to North Pole. The train journey was good, as expected. A queue to see Santa,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LYPud
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the so called polar express today with my daughter and three year old grandson. On arrival he was given a passport. Boarded a dirty freezing cold train with not even one decoration on the carriages. Took to another stop where we were instructed to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jenniferb09
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the first time we visited Tanfield and we have had lovely day we will certainly visit again. It was well organised with very friendly staff. The stations were decorated really well and the little ones thought the grotto was great. The refreshments were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Themillyboys
Reviewed 11 December 2018 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
2  Thank suem6622018
Reviewed 10 December 2018 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 10 December 2018

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
2  Thank Jillybeanmarshall
Reviewed 9 December 2018

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 9 December 2018 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 9 December 2018

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
1  Thank BillNorthumberland
Reviewed 2 December 2018

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
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28 November 2018|
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Response from ro53sm | Reviewed this property |
It’s do what you want. Wear whatever you want, from plain jeans and a t shirt to a big furry polar bear costume. If your little tyke won’t get dressed, then pj’s do the same job. Note though it’s a bit cold
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.