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Bowes Railway

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Lovely bit of local history

Popped in on advise of a friend, and what a pleasant afternoon. Free parking, free access, the #56... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2018
Good but....

Good but could be so much better. The history of colliery trains and the challenges and dangers... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2018
Stuart H
Dunchurch, United Kingdom
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  • Average2%
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“coal mining”(2 reviews)
“local history”(2 reviews)
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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Springwell Road, Gateshead NE9 7QJ, England
+44 191 416 1847
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Reviewed 9 September 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
Thank DamienL1197
Reviewed 6 September 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 24 August 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 22 April 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
Reviewed 2 April 2018

What a quaint and informative attraction. Spent my Easter weekend Saturday at the Railway, and it was the highlight of my day. The museum was rather quiet, probably due to the rainy weather, but the entire group of volunteers did not let that dampen their...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank sarahabroad2018
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

We live approx 15 minutes away but have never visited. When looking for a Bonfire Display this was the only place nearby I could see one, rather than just fireworks so thought we'd give it a go. Obviously the place was set up for the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank LYPud
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Took part in the blacksmith taster a few weekends ago and it was great fun. I watched the baby while four family members learnt how to work metal into a spike, a coil and a twist. They were all very proud of their achievements!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank JKerr88
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Bowes Railway played a big part in the recent and excellent 40's weekend in Springwell Village. I would go so far as to say that everyone who made the effort to visit the village for this weekend really enjoyed themselves (bairns to grandparents ) even...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank JimmyHT
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Despite being from the area and living in the area, I had never visited the railway until the recent 1940s Festival. The volunteers do a fantastic job of trying to maintain the old carriages etc and I certainly think more should be done in terms...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank victorian986
Reviewed 18 February 2017 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...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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16 September 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.
25 September 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.