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:

4.5 of 5 stars
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Recent Reviews:

  • PamP19544
    Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
    very interesting visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 11th October 2019
    this place is a little gem. It has lots to see and activities for young visitors. At the time of our visit there was a working "O" gauge track operating a couple of trains on the Shildon set up. The... Read full review
  • margaretdonnell146
    Protaras, Cyprus
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 11th October 2019
    Lovely little gem it’s a bit out of the way but is well sign posted. Kids will love it as lots of trains to see, it’s a reminder of how things used to be. Nice little cafe selling cake scones and hot... Read full review
  • 16martind
    Durham, United Kingdom
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    For somewhere free it is fantastic
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 13th October 2019
    Took my 1.5 year old son and he really enjoyed himself. There are plenty of engines to see and we particularly enjoyed getting to look inside some (only a pity you can't see in more). The staff were... Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Free parking

Access Information

Opening Times

2019 Summer (1 Apr 2019 - 1 Nov 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
2018/19 Winter (4 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020)
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.

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