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An important part of history
Peter C, Wellington, New Zealand
This relatively small building is the birthplace of the world-famous railway engineer, George Stevenson. It is run by the National Trust and only open during weekends. The house is located about 500 metres from the nearest car park and the walk is level and easy. We did not go inside to the museum as the house was shut and we were on a tight schedule. However, we walked along the site where Stevenson's "Rocket" was first tested, very thought provoking. A fascinating place to visit although you should check opening times if you wish to visit the museum.
Small, but well worth a visit if only for the bacon sandwiches.
Whitefiver, Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
We knew what to expect from the cottage, being just one room, but decided to visit anyway - and we were very glad we did. It was not the warmest of days, so we decided to visit the coffee shop first at the rear of the property. The welcome we got was amazing, and I was promised the best bacon sandwich in the North West. I never take too much persuading to sample one of those so ordered one, with cafetieres of coffee. I must say the sandwich did not disappoint, with a generous portion of good quality bacon, with lovely bread that had been griddled. Super. The ladies serving were really friendly and happy to chat, and passed on some valuable information about nearby NT sites. As for the cottage itself, yes, there isn't much to see, but the books on display are interesting, and if you ask questions, you get a lot more information. Yes, it is a small site, but the volunteers running it make it a very worthwhile visit. Can't wait to go back.
Tough one to review
Tony S, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Now i'm not rating the man or how amazing he was but as a place I was left underwhelmed and not sure its worth visiting. The birthplace is one very small room, with a few books and bits and bobs laying around. Nothing to really keep interest and no grounds or anything to look around. Also the house is shared with people who live there so you cant look around you are confined to one room. The talk lasted less than 5 minutes and well that's it. The staff were friendly enough and the cafe seemed nice but don't go out your way to visit in my opinion. However there is a rather large free carpark to park but it is just over 1/2 mile walk, my advice go the opposite way and visit Haggs Bridge , that place is lovely!
pay £20 only got change from £10
Paul S, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
well been an lot so when tea came i was in toilet so lass pick money up as windy did now jip till got to boatehouse and she think pay with £10 as she was at tolet when give then money 100% i was jip as i pay at boathouse befor ask lass far money back so pleas chech change and make now what note you give them i not go there again an stephenson not go stephenson cottage
The Best Bacon sandwich I have ever had. And lovely friendly Welcome
Buffaloburtie, Gateshead, United Kingdom
After a very pleasant 10 minute walk from the Wylam car park We came upon the little cottage where George Stephenson was born Although it was only one room he lived in the talk was interesting. Just to think 4 families lived in that tiny cottage. Then off to the tea room round the back . What a gem the best bacon sandwich I have ever had and I the staff were lovely to.