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. Please book your ticket in advance.
- 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
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good354
- norman100harrogate englandTrip Type:FamilyNice visitSaturday, 21st October 2023What a nice museum. Some great exhibits ,especially the apt train, well laid out and well presented. Bit of a shame that you cannot go in any of the carriages! The cafe was a bit expensive but we sat... Read full review
- Paul CEtten-Leur, The NetherlandsVisiting the excellent Locomotion Railway Museum in Shildon, County Durham, England.Monday, 20th November 2023On the 16th of November, 2023 a friend of mine took me to visit the Locomotion in Shildon. The collection ranged from a colliery steam locomotive dating from the 1820's to the APT-E (Advanced... Read full review
- colinbP5046LNTrip Type:CouplesExcellent railway museum with among other trains and carriages Stephenson's RocketWednesday, 29th November 2023Great collection of trains and carriages including the earliest steam engines in the world Locomotion, Rocket and Sans Pareil. Plenty parking. Nice restaurant. Very worth visiting. Can be combined... Read full review
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Parking & Transport
- On site parking - Free parking
|2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
|2024 (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)|
* Our normal opening hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–16.00 (winter), 10.00–17.00 (summer).
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.