Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon houses over 70 vehicles in its ‘Collection Building’, for which admission and parking are free. Learn about the fascinating history of the railways and so much more!
Although the ‘Collection Building’ is perhaps the main attraction for many, the museum also hosts special guided tours to the heritage end of the site. On these tours guests are taken to see railway pioneer Timothy Hackworth’s house, the Soho shed, and so much more. The tours are free of charge and last approximately one hour.
During special events the museum also hosts steam and diesel train rides. These rides take visitors on a journey between the ‘Collection Building’ and the heritage buildings, before returning. They have a small charge, but under 5s ride free!
The museum also offers steam driver experiences for as little as £80! Please contact the museum on 01904 685780 for more information.
Spectacular events, free activities, full wheelchair and pushchair access, and a fantastic range of facilities (including a café & shop) make the museum the world class attraction that it is. Free admission and free parking mean that Locomotion is a 'must-see' museum.
Explore the history of the railways and so much more at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
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
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good238
- Kevin ABishop Auckland, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayProud to be britishSunday, 26th March 2017We had an American colleague visiting and decided to take him here as he has an interest in trains, what an exhibition. Free entry and parking , he was most impressed, most American museum would... Read full review
- Brent HTrip Type:Friends getawayHospitality and interestSunday, 26th March 2017I am slightly bias as for a free day out the interest of railways can be satisfied .There is a great area for children and a quiz for children as they go around. You can climb on locomotive... Read full review
- judehazeBishop Auckland, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyVisit with grandchildrenSaturday, 25th March 2017Grandchildren loved it. Lots to see. Ideal for a rainy day because is indoors. Also, free entry - even better whenever you're entertaining small children Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
Parking & Transport
- On site parking - Free parking
|2017 Spring (2 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
|2017 Summer (1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)|
|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 24-26 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.