At the Bowes Railway you can take a step back in time, find out about the history of the area, and the railway. On offer are the following:

  • Tearoom
  • Gift shop
  • Explore different locomotives
  • Go back in time reading about the history of the railway


The earliest part of  the Bowes Railway was designed by George Stephenson, you can read about Stephensons work and history here. The railway was originally built to transport coal from the north west of Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow.  It has a unique rope worked railway system. You can view a variety of historic photos, providing a small snap shot into how life was back then.  

There are different events happening regularly; check out their website for the calendar. Schools are welcome to visit and to explore options for educational visits; if you are a school, check out the website for opportunities, the form to apply is here. Heritage open days run fairly regularly, again see the website for details. Bowes Railway has some fantastic volunteering opportunities, get in touch with them to explore more about this. Some parts are accessible by wheelchair and pushchair. 

Another incredible railway which invites you to take a step back in time is the Shildon Railway Museum.

Q How much does it cost to get in?

£5 for 16+
£3 for 5+

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