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 tickets are now available to book.
To help maintain social distancing, we’re limiting the number of people who can visit each day. To help us manage this, please book free tickets in advance. Please help us to keep everyone safe by wearing a face covering when indoors at the museum, unless you are exempt. Please observe social distancing, and follow one-way routes around the museum.
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
- Visit Britain We're Good To Go 2020
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2021
- Very Good346
- ianfL220JJA Gem in the North EastSunday, 19th September 2021It was good to see these interesting exhibits again in a bright and airy environment. The museum would also be of interest to non railway enthusiasts as it is a social history as well. The staff were... Read full review
- R D FKendalVery little Motion at Locomotion.Friday, 24th September 2021Very disappointing visit, particularly after visiting the excellent Beamish museum. Yes it is free but the online booking seemed to involve an automatic "donation" of £5. Steam engines have to be... Read full review
- Alan RCastleford, United KingdomGood but could be a lot betterSaturday, 2nd October 2021A good selection of railway stock and equipment. Place is clean and tidy and very covid safe. Staff on reception were friendly and pointed us to where everything was located and how the covid secure... Read full review
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Parking & Transport
- On site parking - Free parking
|2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|
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.