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Address: Springwell Road | Gateshead, Gateshead NE9 7QJ, England
Phone Number:
+44 191 416 1847
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Hours:
Tue 10:00 - 16:00
Thu 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

The Bowes Railway is unique amongst preserved railways. It is home to the...

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 three mile steam hauled train ride and refreshment facilities. All of this can be found at a small but friendly railway at the heart of the North East.

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Childhood memories

I've been to visit bowes more times than I can remember and is defiantly something I can recommend. I'm local and pass bowes everyday. As well as visiting and riding the train... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
dionnecandice
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to visit bowes more times than I can remember and is defiantly something I can recommend. I'm local and pass bowes everyday. As well as visiting and riding the train when I was younger I've also spent a lot of time recently on walks through bowes and along the tracks in which the train runs. Great for photography.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

A great little place with a lot to offer at a reasonable price. It dipped over the last decade or so but the improvements made recently have brought it back to almost its 90s glory. Would be great if more of the line could be reopened.

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Thank David R
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Great day out, my son was allowed to get hands on in the workshops , staff are very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Thank Philip W
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Been here twice, first time about a month ago to one of the heritage open days where a guided tour around the site and behind the scenes, very enjoyable and entertained by the guide, took a load of pictures, prices in snack shop very good and cheap. Just been back today and once again enjoyed the visit and a load... More 

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Been a few times with family today with my boyfriend , unfortunately no passenger trains running they hope to runs these in future , sometimes the engine is fired up , but it wasn't today, first visit to coffee shop, corned beef pie was lovely and cheap in cost,staff always enthusiastic about what they do , I would love to... More 

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

You get to see part of our railway heritage & you can also take a short ride to see what it felt like in those days, a very good day.

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Thank Ernie H
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

An absolute must for fellow train-geeks. The volunteers have spent an enormous amount of time and effort making the entire site accessible to visitors - you can literally walk around the whole site at your leisure for no cost at all. On open days the workshops are open for visitors, the tracks can be walked on and the trains are... More 

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Took the Grandson and my wife to have a look and was very impressed with efforts made to keep this history of the North East railways alive. We were all impressed and the bairn loved the model trains above workshop. Staff are volunteers and do a terrific job. Admire the commitment of the committee. Well done.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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732 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Many years ago there were trips here on pays off the track but never visited. Then there seemed to be years of silence? Now I visit I am told it is being developed and they're have been grants to help. Super. It's a fascinating place with huge potential. For a rail enthusiast it will be magical. Had a really good... More 

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Lancashire
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

We visited Bowes as somewhere to go but with no real idea what was there. The location is not far from the A1 and there is plenty of free parking. Opens Tuesday to Saturday only. This is a working site manned by volunteers. We were shown around by Ted, a very knowledgeable and interesting man who gave us his time... More 

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