All aboard the World's Oldest Railway! Take a steam train ride back in time at the Tanfield Railway for a 3 mile journey through the beautiful Causey valley. Hauled by a lovingly restored industrial steam engine, you'll take a seat on a recreated colliery carriage. Make sure to break your journey at Causey station and walk across Causey Arch, the world's oldest railway bridge, dating back to 1725! If you're interested in engineering, Marley Hill engine shed is the place to be, the world's oldest still in operation! Enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of a working locomotive shed.
The railway is operated and maintained by amazing volunteers. Steam trains are in service every Sunday and Bank Holiday throughout the year, plus Thursdays and Saturdays during the school summer holidays. Tickets allow unlimited travel on the day of your visit.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£10.50 per ticket type|
|Child||£6.50 per ticket type|
|Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)||£27.50 per ticket type|
|Senior Citizens||£8.50 per ticket type|
Children under 5 go free
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good85
- 1612KADelightful afternoon tea on a charming railwayMonday, 12th August 2019The Tanfield Railway was a brilliant find! We had booked an afternoon tea which was delicious and we appreciated how, although it was special and served in a historic railway carriage, it felt very... Read full review
- holidaymanWashingtonNewcastle upon Tyne, United KingdomThird Class Bone Shaker: Missed Potential.Thursday, 15th August 2019We decided to take the train from East Tanfield, as this appeared to provide the best option for our needs. The first problem arose in the tea room, which was the place to purchase tickets. The card... Read full review
- Eric NNostalgic Steam TrainsMonday, 19th August 2019This railway is maintained by volunteers. It runs in the scenic Causey Arch woodland which is a little like Jesmond Dene in Newcastle. Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- Dogs Accepted
|Season (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2019)|
* Trains operate every Sunday and Bank Holiday throughout the year, plus Thursdays and Saturdays during the school summer holidays. Please see website for details of Train operating times and special events.
Map & Directions
From A1(M) Northbound - Exit at junction 63 for Chester le Street and Beamish. At the roundabout below the motorway take the second exit A693 west towards Stanley and Beamish. Continue for nearly 4 miles on the A693, across 4 roundabouts. Going uphill, turn first right following the Tanfield Railway brown sign. At the bottom of the bank turn right onto the A6076, following the brown sign. The railway is about 2 miles along the A6076, on the left.
From A1 Southbound - Exit at the Lobley Hill intersection and follow the A692 west towards Consett for about 2 miles, passing through Streetgate into Sunniside. Straight ahead at the first traffic lights, past the pedestrian lights, at the next traffic lights turn left onto the A6076 (following the Tanfield Railway brown sign). Our main entrance is about 1 mile along the A6076, on the right.
Sat Nav Post Code - NE16 5ET
Public Transport Directions
By rail - Our nearest main line railway stations are Newcastle Central and Durham. The Tyne and Wear Metro system also serves Gateshead Interchange and Newcastle Central for easy bus connections on most days.
By Bus - Monday to Saturday: the X30 and X31 from Newcastle, Gateshead and Stanley stop at the Andrews House entrance to the site. Sunday: The X30 provides an hourly service to Andrews House. Details are available from Go North East 0191 4205050 or visit http://www.gonortheast.co.uk/