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 Good88
- Ggraham04092010Trip Type:FamilyA disappointing Christmas ExperienceSunday, 15th December 2019We booked to visit Santa on the Tanfield Railway and were - unfortunately - disappointed with our experience. We were booked on to the last slot of the day but didn't expect to find the face painter... Read full review
- NWI84Sunniside, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyNorth Polar ExpressFriday, 27th December 2019My son had a great time! The staff work really hard to give you a great experience! The Halloween experience was also very good! Thank you very much! Read full review
- KuffyStaveley, United KingdomLiving history and a well loved lineMonday, 17th February 2020This is a historically significant heritage railway. It’s not the longest or the fanciest but so worthy of support. It’s age and very existence is fantastic. The journey is pleasant and authentic... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- Dogs Accepted
|Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* 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/