Tearoom and gift shop
Relax in the tearoom or sit outdoors at our picnic tables Re-opens for our Spring Season 2023
Bowes Railway is now open for PRE BOOKED guided tours only
Tuesday or Thursday TIMESLOTS : 11.00am TOUR or 1.00pm TOUR
PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE TO BOOK: Call or TEXT 0785 0916484
School or Group bookings can be made by contacting the office
We look forward to seeing you all soon
Adults aged 16+ Daily Charge: £5.00 Includes Guided Site Tour
Children aged 5+ Daily Charge: £2.00 Includes Guided Site Tour
Bowes Railway was originally a colliery railway built to carry coal mainly from pits in north west Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow. The earliest section was designed by George Stephenson and opened on 17 January 1826, making it one of the world’s first modern railways. It was 15 miles long when completed in 1855. Each end was locomotive worked; the six mile middle section consisting of rope worked inclines with very steep gradients.
"What a lovely and surprising place this is. The guide was very knowledgeable. Set aside 2.5hrs for the visit. A snack from the cafe is well recommended, don't miss the sausage rolls. Will definitely be back."
"I had a great morning at The Bowes Railway yesterday. I was shown around by enthusiastic guide Wilf and a very busy Amanda. He went above and beyond in escorting me around the site and inside most of the various sheds and engineering shops for over an hour. Thank you both very much"
"Fantastic place all the staff were really helpful and welcoming. My son (2 years) loved seeing all the engines and trucks. We took part in the crafts and there was a good range to keep him entertained for a couple of hours, then he didn't want to leave. Thanks to the excellent team"
A Successful Corporate Volunteer Day with Bowes Railway, Clean & Green Team & Cable Manufacturing Co 'Prysmian' Scroll to bottom for imagesRead more
Gateshead Rail College student makes historic find on Bowes Railway track! Click image to read the full storyRead more
It has been a five year labour of love to complete the restoration of Loco Coal Wagon, but finally it is complete!Read more
The Washington Clean & Green Team take a well deserved break and bacon buttie at their last session for 2022! Click image FULL STORYRead more
Finally installed at the Mining Memorial Site at Silksworth, Bowes Railway's first handcrafted replica coal tubs!Read more
To enquire about an educational visit to the museum, please click the link below and complete the form. One of our team will contact you to discuss your requirements and availability.
We offer a range of tailored interactive workshops for schools.
If you would like to book a non education group visit please complete the form on our group visits page.
Over a series of weeks we will be covering a variety of walks including Dipton's Delight Colliery, Burnopfield, Tanfield Railway, Birkheads Crossing, Kibblesworth down to Team Valley, passing underneath the East Coast main Line A1M and A167, then up hill to Blackfell Engine House and Blackham's Hill Winding House which will be opened for viewing on selected dates.
If you would like to know more about the walks or register to receive a schedule of walk dates please contact us for more information