Tanfield Railway afternoon tea is surely one of life's little pleasures in County Durham. After all, what's not to like?

The Tanfield Railway afternoon tea experience combines the refined enjoyment of that classic British pastime with another British invention - steam engines. While it sounds like a good gift for a loved one, it's probably nicer just to experience for yourself...

So what does Tanfield Railway afternoon tea involve?

Tanfield Railway afternoon tea takes place on board a Victorian carriage hauled by a vintage steam locomotive. Traditionally-dressed catering staff serve sandwiches, scones and homemade cakes, with lashings of tea.

Where will we travel?

You'll make your way through the cradle of the railways. As you enjoy your Tanfield Railway afternoon tea, you'll pass through the picturesque Causey Valley on the world's oldest railway (a full hundred years older than the famous Stockton and Darlington Railway, which was the first passenger railway in the world). You'll pass the famous Causey Arch, which is the oldest railway bridge in the world, and Marley Shed, which is the oldest working engine shed in Europe. You'll travel between East Tanfield and Andrews House stations.

When does Tanfield Railway afternoon tea take place?

Tanfield Railway afternoon tea is available every Sunday (barring special events) between April 7 and August 25 2019.

What's the price of Tanfield Railway afternoon tea?

Tickets cost £25 for adults, £22 senior citizens, and £20 for children. Under fives travel free, but if you'd like them to receive refreshments, then a child ticket will need to be purchased.

Prebooking is essential as all food is made to order. The Tanfield Railway afternoon tea ticket also includes the usual unlimited day travel, the same as the normal Tanfield Railway tickets, so you can turn it into a day.

How do I book Tanfield Railway afternoon tea?

Head to the Tanfield booking page.