At Locomotion you can see highlights of the national collection of railway vehicles in the world’s first railway town.
The town of Shildon has had an exciting story to tell since the earliest days of the rail industry, making it the perfect place to explore the rich seam of local railway history and discover how the railways have changed all our lives.
Free admission and free parking.
- Regional and Miscellaneous North East England Tourism Awards - Tourism Event of the Year - Bronze 2014
- Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2017
- Regional and Miscellaneous Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good330
- 123clivewDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyGreat place to visit and free too! (But do make a donation)Saturday, 17th August 2019Great place to visit, lots of great engines and mounds of amazing information. Sadly not a great place to eat, limited menu and the food that was on display looked dried up and unappetizing. Read full review
- boydy73Darlington, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyGreat placeMonday, 19th August 2019From arriving to leaving a great place for any one from very young to the elderly. Plenty of room to move around even at busy times. You can watch work taking place on engines, trucks and carriages... Read full review
- XJGBMiddlesbrough, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelVery good visitTuesday, 20th August 2019I caught the train to Shildon and it's a 5 minute walk to Locomotion. I went round in about 45 minutes and took lots of photos. Informative displays about the start of the railways and history since... Read full review
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Parking & Transport
- On site parking - Free parking
|2019 Summer (1 Apr 2019 - 1 Nov 2019)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
|2018/19 Winter (4 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
* Closed 24–26 December and 1 January
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.