AboutThe museum offers visitors the opportunity to view many unique and historically significant railway vehicles and enjoy interactive displays. We operate on a large site stretching over 1km with both outdoor and indoor areas (however the majority of displays are indoors). We have car and coach parking at both ends of the museum site.
The "Welcome" end of site is home to historic buildings which are interpreted through contemporary displays and includes rail pioneer Timothy Hackworth's original cottage, the displays here explore the development of Shildon as a railway town.
At the "Collection" end of site there is the state of the art building housing star attractions include the APT-E tilting train, the royal train of Queen Alexandra (wife of Edward VII), NER No. 1621, Cornwall and Hardwicke and the Stirling Single No. 1, alongside various other steam engines, carriages and wagons. We also offer over 40 events per year including various classic vehicle rallies, craft and antique fairs, family events plus including our annual steam gala.
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Free admission and free parking.
- VAQAS VB Attraction
- Regional and Miscellaneous North East England Tourism Awards - Tourism Event of the Year - Bronze 2014
- Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2014
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Regional and Miscellaneous Visit County Durham Official Partner 2016
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good209
- Becci HTrip Type:FamilyGreat for a young train fanTuesday, 23rd August 2016Great introduction to museums for a train fan, we visited here before the main museum in York. Fantastic display and brilliant outdoor play area. Only downside is the cafe wasn't great! Read full review
- 189weloveholidaysxxxEssex, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyFLYING SCOTSMANSunday, 21st August 2016We easily got our short ride (for 5 pounds each) no queuing whatsoever which we had highly anticipated.. so organised and professional and we can say now we have been on this legendary locomotive and... Read full review
- LikestotravelalloverDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyFantastic PlaceFriday, 19th August 2016What a fantastic place that is full of history and facts. The staff are all well trained and can answer your questions if you want to know more about the beautiful machines that are housed within... Read full review
- Indoor Attraction
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp / Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
Parking & Transport
- On site parking - Free parking
- On-Site café/restaurant - Hot and cold food, self service and vending machines.
- Picnic Site
- Delta accepted
- JCB accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Max group size - 60
- Solo accepted
- Visa accepted
|2016 Summer (28 Mar 2016 - 31 Oct 2016)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
|Bank Holiday||10:00||- 17:00|
* Open daily, 10:00-17:00 during summer ( 10:00-16:00 in winter). Closed 23-26 Dec and 1 Jan. Limited opening at the Welcome end of the site during the Low Season.
Map & 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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ACCESS TO PUBLIC AREAS (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)
CAFETERIA / RESTAURANT
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.