Dale Road Industrial Estate
County Durham

Tel: +44 01904 685780

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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


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • achan34
    Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
    Interesting rail museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 11th April 2019
    The museum is situated in Shildon. The main exhibit hall is generally crowded with exhibits but is easy to get around. Good disabled access. The exhibits do change as the collection is part of the... Read full review
    Trip Type:
    If youre into trains its ace
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 13th April 2019
    If you're not then it's probably not for you. They do have lots of events on with various activities but it really is what it says on the tin. A museum filled with trains. Read full review
  • Richard M
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    if you like trains its the place for you
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 13th April 2019
    whats not to like! its free entry with an optional donation plenty to look at althouh some of it wasnt open on our visit Read full review



  • Access Statement - Please see below

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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