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Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

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Dale Road Industrial Estate
County Durham

Tel: +44 01388 777999

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Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Free admission and free parking.


  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction


  • Regional and MiscellaneousNorth East England Tourism Awards - Tourism Event of the Year - Bronze North East England Tourism Awards - Tourism Event of the Year - Bronze 2014
  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2014
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016


  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

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Recent Reviews:

  • rich s
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Great venue but missed opportunity
    3 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 16th March 2017
    Unfortunately Shildon failed to live up to my expectations. I was disappointed not to see more investment in displays that reflected the development and growth of the earlier railways in the UK... Read full review
  • Mark S S
    Leigh, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Fantastic museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 15th March 2017
    Our first visit to this museum and what a fantastic place this is. Free to visit but donations are recommended. Ample free car parking is available. A very good array of Locomotives are on show here... Read full review
  • Billy H
    Trip Type:
    Great day shame about the staff 😑
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 14th March 2017
    Had a great day out brilliant little park for the toddlers just outside the museum. The museum itself is free entry but donations are excepted. Lots of locomotives to look at there is a few you can... Read full review



  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Free parking

Access Information

Opening Times

2017 Spring (2 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
2017 Summer (1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00

* Open daily, 10:00-17:00 during summer ( 10:00-16:00 in winter). Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan. Limited opening at the Welcome end of the site during the Low Season.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A68. A68 onto the A6072 then onto the B6282 then follow brown tourism signs for the museum.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Shildon. Follow brown tourism signs for site.

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