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Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

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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:

  • cherrylwynn
    England, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Great day
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th February 2017
    Good day out for all the family been going for a lot of years now good layouts and bargains to have for train buffs and for kids Read full review
  • bramblesici
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    This place is tired
    2 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th February 2017
    This really feels like a vanity project by Blair in his own constituency. It is tired and clearly needs a massive capital programme to change it from being a large engine shed with little interaction... Read full review
  • KirkbyTony
    Kirkby in Furness, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Another wonderful visit!!!!!!!!
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 16th February 2017
    Have visited this place many times over recent years and never fail to be impressed by the railway engines and memorabilia on display. The special attraction this time was seeing the Battle of... Read full review



  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Free parking

Access Information

Opening Times

2016/7 Winter/spring (1 Nov 2016 - 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 23-26 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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Saturday, 16th September 2017 - Sunday, 17th September 2017

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Saturday, 3rd June 2017 - Sunday, 4th June 2017

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Sunday, 30th April 2017 - Monday, 1st May 2017

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Friday, 17th March 2017 - Sunday, 19th March 2017

Locomotion - Ground Level 5” Gauge Association RallyThe Ground Level 5" Gauge Association will set up its railway in our Collection Building for a busy weekend of shunting. Great fun to watch - for all the family! The event has free admission and free parking, and will be open from 10am to 4pm.
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Saturday, 25th March 2017 - Sunday, 26th March 2017

Locomotion - FantaZmagoriALocomotion - FantaZmagoriASteampunk and sci-fi under one roof!  Organised by the Film and TV Models Club, this event features displays, demonstrations, trade stands and much more. Free admission and free parking.
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Saturday, 4th March 2017 - Sunday, 5th March 2017

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Sunday, 9th April 2017 - Sunday, 9th April 2017

Locomotion - Northern Bygones RallyOrganised by the Northern Bygones Society, this event features a range of classic and vintage vehicles displayed on our outdoor events space. There will also be indoor displays of models, collectables and more! The event has free admission and free parking, and will be open from 10am to 4pm.
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Sunday, 14th May 2017 - Sunday, 14th May 2017

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Saturday, 8th April 2017 - Sunday, 9th April 2017

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Saturday, 29th April 2017 - Monday, 1st May 2017

Locomotion - Spring Steam Gala Our ever-popular toy fair will play host to an abundance of stalls and traders selling everything from steam trains to superheroes!
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