Industries of old

Industries of Old

Industries of Old

Durham wears its industrial heritage with pride. The industries of Durham’s past now form the heritage of Durham’s present. Award-winning visitor attractions celebrate that heritage and provide a great day out for group visits.

Mining in Durham was not confined to coal. High in the scenic uplands of the Durham Dales, Killhope is the most complete lead mining site in Great Britain.

Learn about ‘Brunton buddles’ and ‘bingsteads’ or take an optional guided underground tour to see first hand the conditions lead miners endured.

For a winning combination of historic and modern museum buildings housing accessible exhibitions and locomotive collections, it is hard to equal Locomotion at Shildon. The fascinating social history and the industrial
heritage of the world’s first railway town are compelling stories told well.

For a different aspect on lives lived against the backdrop of the gruelling coal industry, visit the Mining Art Gallery in Bishop Auckland. Powerful imagery and artistic talent brilliantly capture life above and below ground, in the former coal communities of Durham.

Or book a visit to the ever-popular Beamish, The Living Museum of the North for a living history experience of railways, coal heritage and town life in 1913.

Be sure to round off an evening at Kynren - An Epic Tale of England, a whistle-stop tour of 2000 years of British history. The live action open-air spectacular seats guests in the ‘tribune’ to experience an extravaganza of music, drama and fireworks - and even a gaggle of geese!

Shows take place from June to September. Visit for performance dates.

Did you know…

The locomotive Sans Pareil built in 1829 by railway engineer Timothy Hackworth is on display at Locomotion. The name means ‘without parallel’.

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Tour suggestions…

Half day:
Locomotion plus the Mining Art Gallery

Full day:
Killhope plus Locomotion

Locomotion plus Beamish Museum

Hotel suggestions…

Bowburn Hall Hotel

Holiday Inn Darlington North

Ramside Hall Hotel

Useful information…

Coach travelling time:
Killhope to Locomotion - 1hr 15 mins
Locomotion to Mining Art Gallery - 15 mins
Locomotion to Beamish Museum (via
A688 / A1 north) - 45-50 mins


Killhope DL13 1AR

Locomotion DL4 2RE

Kynren DL14 7SF

Mining Art Gallery DL14 7NP

Beamish Museum DH9 0RG

Bowburn Hall Hotel DH6 5NH

Holiday Inn Darlington North DL1 3NL

Ramside Hall Hotel DH1 1TD

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