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Bowes Railway

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Mini mania

Host to a mini car event. Fantastic lication and they offered plenty for children - colouring(they... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Joanne R
via mobile
A Great Place and not too busy so you get a more relaxed experience.

We will go again, a great experience to see and learn more about the history of how the North east... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Durham, United Kingdom
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The Bowes Railway is unique amongst preserved railways. It is home to the only standard gauge rope hauled incline still in operation. A visit to Bowes includes a visitor trail around our scheduled industrial monument, the rope hauled inclines, a...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Springwell Road, Gateshead NE9 7QJ, England
+44 191 416 1847
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Host to a mini car event. Fantastic lication and they offered plenty for children - colouring(they had tailored to cars) and construction/imaginative play - new addition from last year. Staff are so friendly and welcoming.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We will go again, a great experience to see and learn more about the history of how the North east Labour force toiled for the rest of the country and landmark innovation that built the first railway so the future could be built, then they...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2019

A museum on the site of one of the first and last coal Railways in the North East. At £2.00 per person to enter with a free guided tour this has to reflect the fact that it is staffed entirely by volunteers. The railway dates...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 280DavidC
Reviewed July 27, 2019 via mobile

We were the first people to arrive, and a helpful volunteer immediately pounced on my husband and ensured we were visiting the museum, in a friendly way. He then took us around the site, for one and a half hours, far longer than we had...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Millie024
Reviewed June 14, 2019

It was very wet, but we had a personal tour with Wilf as we were the only people there. This really brought the place to life with his personal experiences and knowledge of all of the exhibits. Such recent history which will be lost without...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank manxali
Reviewed April 16, 2019

If you are interested in learning about the local mining history from real enthusiasts, many from a mining background, then this is the place for you. I went with my 8 year old grandson and the guides spent ages explaining everything from the miners lamps...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank edmund250150
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Popped in on advise of a friend, and what a pleasant afternoon. Free parking, free access, the #56 bus from Newcastle and Gateshead passes the door. Really easy to find by car. I could not believe that this was free, staffed by volunteers who knew...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank DamienL1197
Reviewed September 6, 2018

Good but could be so much better. The history of colliery trains and the challenges and dangers underground. Retired minors are your hosts but, rather than learn about mining lanterns, their own life experiences would be much more interesting. Add a question and answer session...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stuart H
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

This place is a must visit. The tour guides/staff are all incredibly friendly and really know their stuff! I can't believe it is free. I look forward to returning 😀

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Daniel D
Reviewed April 22, 2018

We had a great time visiting this little piece of N/E history made all the more lovely by John who spent time walking us around, personally explaining every detail, and the smithy working the forge who gave my wife a hand crafted flower she will...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Keith M
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September 16, 2018|
Response from DamienL1197 | Reviewed this property |
Oh, sorry, you'll have to get in touch with them and ask. They are open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Remember, its ran by volunteers so there isn't full time salaried staff on hand on the other days.
September 25, 2015|
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Response from robkitchuk | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hello, unfortunately the site is currently only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first weekend of each month. Apologies.