Dale Road Industrial Estate
County Durham

Tel: +44 01904 685780

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Locomotion Festival of Steam

Guide Prices

Free admission and free parking.


  • 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 2017
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTrip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • demelza1770
    Hawick, United Kingdom
    Great for husbands!
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 6th March 2020
    We spent a whole morning here at my husbands request. I couldn't believe it was free entry! Warm, clean and well laid out which wasn't what I was expecting. My husband loitered lol morning- lots to... Read full review
  • 186478Marilyn
    Newcastle, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Great afternoon Out!
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 6th March 2020
    Smashing venue, great staff, free entry, plenty to see and do for all ages. Cafe/ restaurant reasonably priced and clean,nice staff. Plenty of free parking. Thoroughly recommend and we will return. Read full review
  • paulyfb
    Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 15th March 2020
    Well come and have a look around. There’s plenty to see here and you can touch history. And it’s free to get in. There’s a gift shop and cafe. There’s also other things to see. If you like train... Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Free parking

Access Information

Opening Times

2020 Summer (1 Apr 2020 - 1 Nov 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
2019/20 Winter (4 Nov 2020 - 31 Mar 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Closed 24–26 December and 1 January

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.


 Locomotion Festival of SteamRail Rocks!, ShildonA walk linking local geology with the railways.

Friday, 8th May 2020 - Sunday, 10th May 2020

Locomotion: Autumn Steam Gala NO. 70013 Oliver Cromwell  To Star At Autumn Steam GalaLocomotion: Festival Of SteamA celebration of steam power held at Locomotion, full event details to be confirmed. 
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guided tour locomotionLocomotion: Guided Tours, ShildonJoin one of our knowledgable guides for a tour exploring the fascinating stories behind the objects on display at Locomotion. Free Tour, every weekday 11:00 - 16:00. Suitable for all ages. Call 01904 685 780 to confirm tour.

Monday, 20th April 2020 - Monday, 4th May 2020

Saturday, 25th April 2020 - Saturday, 25th April 2020

Banners and Brass: LocomotionThis event captures how from the middle of the nineteenth century pit banners were used to unify and rally the communities of the coal fields , although there are no longer any “ working “ mines in the area the banners still hold pivotal historical significance and pride of the roles in which the…
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Friday, 29th May 2020 - Saturday, 30th May 2020

Locomotion: Song of our HeartlandCommunity opera about the stark choices facing a former railway signalman's family after his death. Following the death of Harold—a former miner and railway signalman—his wife Lilian, daughter Jacqueline and granddaughter Skylar must face difficult choices. Should they move away to find jobs and…
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Saturday, 25th April 2020 - Saturday, 25th April 2020

NASUWT Riverside Band Concert : LocomotionThis Brass Band concert by 35 members of The  NASUWT , Riverside Brass Band will perform at Locomotion on Saturday 25th April  - 2020.  Doors open at 18:45 allowing the audience to view both the banners and the Locomotives of this bygone era. 19. 30  – 21:30.  
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