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.
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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
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good228
- bridgeman17York, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesHighlight was a bacon sandwichTuesday, 29th November 2016Visited Darlington rail museum the previous day. This came a poor second. Admittedly the main shed was being prepared for Christmas so maybe just maybe that explains why some model train displays... Read full review
- TravelmanCastlefordCastlefordInteresting.Thursday, 24th November 2016First visit here and it was a very pleasant one, even if your not a rail enthusiast. Plenty to see inside and on a par with York NRM. There is a cafe inside too and has reasonable prices. Read full review
- teacup147Darlington, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyWonderful historic placeTuesday, 22nd November 2016Wonderful historic place. I absolutely love the trains there. Shame the staff doing the tours were reading from a script (rather than taking the time to learn it). I nonetheless loved the Steampunk... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
Parking & Transport
- On site parking - Free parking
|2016/7 Winter/spring (1 Nov 2016 - 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 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.