Heatherslaw Light Railway
Heatherslaw Light Railway
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  • ndw78
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom1,748 contributions
    Fab journey for all the family
    Had a little trouble finding it as satnav took us past and missed the sign but once we found it we had a fab time. A great journey with wonderful views. Spent some time in etal and retuned. Station is cute and there’s plenty carriages for all
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Peter R
    Gloucester, United Kingdom391 contributions
    Delightful little railway
    Delightful little railway operating a 20 minute journey between Heatherslaw and Etal. Options to alight at Etal and then come back on a later train or stay onboard for the return journey. Small gift shop in the ticket office. Very friendly and helpful staff
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Beccy C
    111 contributions
    Highly recommend
    Great little railway that takes you from Heatherslaw (Heatherslaw Mill is only a couple of minutes walk from the station) to Etal Castle. Nice journey of about 20 minutes. The train staff are great and very helpful.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • A.S
    3 contributions
    Wonderful experience
    When planning a trip for some service users Heatherslaw was the ideal place. Its local reasonably priced, accessible and accommodating . We had a wonderful day . The staff at the platform and the train conductor were friendly and helpful. The train journey was perfect with amazing views on the way. My only comment would be in regards to the path up to the village. Having visited Heatherslaw a few years back I was hoping to see a few changes this time round. The pathway from the train up to the castle is still gravel. This makes it inaccessible for wheelchairs, it would be great to see this tarred so that next year for our summer trip we could bring all service users. I highly recommend visiting , its a great day for all ages.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Julian
    2 contributions
    Not for the disabled
    Easy to buy tickets and all staff were very helpful and friendly. Dog friendly. We enjoyed the journey through the countryside and were looking forward to visiting the tea room at Etal. However, both my father and I have mobility issues and found it very difficult walking up the gravelled slope. When we finally reached the top, we found that we were only about a third of the way to the tea room. This was too far for us to walk and there were no seats or benches for us to rest on. We therefore had to return to the station, where there was one bench, to await the return train.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Rachel S
    31 contributions
    Gentle train ride
    I decided to have a little trip with the pooch and this looked lovely. It is a small train and track, with a nice gentle journey. All the staff were lovely, kind and chatty. Not much at Etal but I enjoyed the chance to stop before heading back.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Jennifer B
    4 contributions
    Lovely, gentle couple of hours
    Wonderful way to spend a few hours. Great carriages, kept us (almost) dry during a downpour! The guard and engine driver were so warm and friendly and great with our daughter. Would recommend Lavender Tea Room at Etal.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Springer21
    14 contributions
    Lovely day but word of warning if it’s busy
    Lovely day spent with the family. There was plenty of room on the train to Etal including space for the pushchair. We all enjoyed the trip. Not loads to see from the train but that didn’t matter as it’s just fun being on the train. Etal is very quaint. Interesting castle to see not far from the end of the line. Not lots to see in Etal but nice to spend an hour or so and have lunch. The tearoom was heaving but thankfully we had a picnic. Then we had coffee/refreshments in the pub, which was much quieter/calmer and relaxing. Headed back down to get the return train and the queue was long. At one point we weren’t sure we’d get on the train, even more so when people already on the train, stayed on to head straight back. This cut train capacity quite a bit and you could tell not everyone queuing at Etal would get on. Thankfully we did. However not everyone did!!!A member of staff shouted out that those who don’t have a seat can either wait for the 4pm train (the last train, which was in an hour and a half) or walk back. Thankfully we were on the train and headed back. But I’d have been a bit annoyed if we didn’t get a seat, especially with two very young children. I felt very sorry for those who didn’t manage to get on. There is no way I’d have wanted to spend another hour and a half in Etal as we’d seen everything and if you paid for a return fare why would you then be ok to walk? So at buy times all I can say is get in the queue as soon as possible otherwise you’ll be stranded for a bit or walking back.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • David C
    12 contributions
    Brilliant little trip
    Decided to try this little railway for our dogs first rail trip before he goes onto the big steam rides. Have to say he lived it and we did too. The whole staff were genuinely pleased to see you and we're all chatty and charming. Never tried it before as we usually drive straight to Etal but well worth it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
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David C
12 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Decided to try this little railway for our dogs first rail trip before he goes onto the big steam rides. Have to say he lived it and we did too. The whole staff were genuinely pleased to see you and we're all chatty and charming. Never tried it before as we usually drive straight to Etal but well worth it.
Written 23 September 2023
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Springer21
14 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Lovely day spent with the family. There was plenty of room on the train to Etal including space for the pushchair. We all enjoyed the trip. Not loads to see from the train but that didn’t matter as it’s just fun being on the train.
Etal is very quaint. Interesting castle to see not far from the end of the line. Not lots to see in Etal but nice to spend an hour or so and have lunch. The tearoom was heaving but thankfully we had a picnic. Then we had coffee/refreshments in the pub, which was much quieter/calmer and relaxing.
Headed back down to get the return train and the queue was long. At one point we weren’t sure we’d get on the train, even more so when people already on the train, stayed on to head straight back. This cut train capacity quite a bit and you could tell not everyone queuing at Etal would get on. Thankfully we did. However not everyone did!!!A member of staff shouted out that those who don’t have a seat can either wait for the 4pm train (the last train, which was in an hour and a half) or walk back. Thankfully we were on the train and headed back. But I’d have been a bit annoyed if we didn’t get a seat, especially with two very young children. I felt very sorry for those who didn’t manage to get on.
There is no way I’d have wanted to spend another hour and a half in Etal as we’d seen everything and if you paid for a return fare why would you then be ok to walk? So at buy times all I can say is get in the queue as soon as possible otherwise you’ll be stranded for a bit or walking back.
Written 4 September 2023
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GingerElbow
210 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
The train itself
Is lovely. Pay know attention to the timetable though. When we visited the train just came and went as and when it was ready
Written 29 August 2023
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Jennifer B
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Wonderful way to spend a few hours. Great carriages, kept us (almost) dry during a downpour! The guard and engine driver were so warm and friendly and great with our daughter.
Would recommend Lavender Tea Room at Etal.
Written 15 August 2023
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Rachel S
31 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
I decided to have a little trip with the pooch and this looked lovely. It is a small train and track, with a nice gentle journey. All the staff were lovely, kind and chatty. Not much at Etal but I enjoyed the chance to stop before heading back.
Written 2 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Julian
2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Easy to buy tickets and all staff were very helpful and friendly. Dog friendly.

We enjoyed the journey through the countryside and were looking forward to visiting the tea room at Etal. However, both my father and I have mobility issues and found it very difficult walking up the gravelled slope. When we finally reached the top, we found that we were only about a third of the way to the tea room. This was too far for us to walk and there were no seats or benches for us to rest on. We therefore had to return to the station, where there was one bench, to await the return train.
Written 31 July 2023
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A.S
3 contributions
Jul 2023 • Business
When planning a trip for some service users Heatherslaw was the ideal place. Its local reasonably priced, accessible and accommodating . We had a wonderful day . The staff at the platform and the train conductor were friendly and helpful. The train journey was perfect with amazing views on the way. My only comment would be in regards to the path up to the village. Having visited Heatherslaw a few years back I was hoping to see a few changes this time round. The pathway from the train up to the castle is still gravel. This makes it inaccessible for wheelchairs, it would be great to see this tarred so that next year for our summer trip we could bring all service users.
I highly recommend visiting , its a great day for all ages.
Written 18 July 2023
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Beccy C
111 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Great little railway that takes you from Heatherslaw (Heatherslaw Mill is only a couple of minutes walk from the station) to Etal Castle. Nice journey of about 20 minutes. The train staff are great and very helpful.
Written 3 July 2023
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Peter R
Gloucester, UK391 contributions
Jun 2023
Delightful little railway operating a 20 minute journey between Heatherslaw and Etal. Options to alight at Etal and then come back on a later train or stay onboard for the return journey. Small gift shop in the ticket office. Very friendly and helpful staff
Written 2 July 2023
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ndw78
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK1,748 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
Had a little trouble finding it as satnav took us past and missed the sign but once we found it we had a fab time. A great journey with wonderful views. Spent some time in etal and retuned. Station is cute and there’s plenty carriages for all
Written 30 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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