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Dale Road Industrial Estate
County Durham

Tel: +44 01904 685780

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Festival of Steam

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

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


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • andrew r
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
    Day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 15th January 2019
    Lovely place and great for kids with a safe park onsite there is a decent loco collection and have events through the year Nice cafe on site and vrry clean Read full review
  • Julie W
    United Kingdom
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 22nd January 2019
    Wonderful museum, great location and nice, reasonably priced cafe too. Ideal for Railway enthusiasts/photographers. Read full review
  • Penelope_-_-_-_UK1
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family Visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 11th February 2019
    Visited here with our 5 year old. Good variety of trains to look around and take pictures of. There are Kids activity tables with a choice of two items to make out of crafts. There is a well... Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Free parking

Access Information

Opening Times

2018/19 Winter (4 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
2019 Summer (1 Apr 2019 - 1 Nov 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* 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.

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