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
- runtonenglandgood, but website needs improvingFriday, 15th September 2023checked the website before my stay in Darlington, specifically to catch the bus to Shildon to visit. It told me it was open every day. Got the bus, went up the road, met two blokes who said" its... Read full review
- Ian HDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyReally let’s itself downSunday, 17th September 2023Locomotion could be amazing… but it really lets itself down. It needs fundamentally rethinking as a visitor attraction with exhibits opening up, lots more visitor engagement and a better use of the... Read full review
- FreybonAberdeenshire, United KingdomGreat day out, interactive experience for all the family, dedicated volunteersSaturday, 23rd September 2023We took a very last minute decision to visit this place as we were heading North back home to Scotland. We were really glad we did! Great for train enthusiasts, suitable for all ages though in... Read full review
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Parking & Transport
- On site parking - Free parking
|2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
* 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.