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.

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, part of The Auckland Project. 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 1900s railways, coal heritage and town life.

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! 

Kynren runs during the summer, visit for 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 and the Mining Art Gallery

Full day:
Locomotion plus Beamish Museum

Kynren – An Epic Tale of England 

Hotel suggestions…

Bowburn Hall Hotel
Ramside Hall Hotel

Useful information…

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

Locomotion DL4 2RE
Kynren DL14 7SF
Mining Art Gallery DL14 7NP
Beamish Museum DH9 0RG
Bowburn Hall Hotel DH6 5NH
Ramside Hall Hotel DH1 1TD