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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

Closed Now: 11:00 - 15:30
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Great local museum

The museum has been much improved with great displays and some interactive facilities. The cafe was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
marygedwards
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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Important piece of history

The world's first railway for transporting coal started here. The original locomotor engine is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
SivaKaKu
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Hyderabad, India
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Visit the place where railways were born! Home of Stephenson's Locomotion No 1 and other rare engines. Set in our original 1840's railway station follow the history of Darlington and the growth of the railways. We have a shop with souvenirs to suit...more
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Darlington Railway Museum Station Road, Darlington DL3 6ST, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum has been much improved with great displays and some interactive facilities. The cafe was lovely too

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank marygedwards
HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The world's first railway for transporting coal started here. The original locomotor engine is displayed here along with models of the track and interesting artifacts.

Date of experience: November 2018
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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an interesting and well laid out museum housed in the original station. It is fairly small but packs a lot in , there are displays and photographs telling the story of the railways and Darlingtons central part in it, even as someone with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum.

Reviewed 11 December 2018

anyone interested in trains and their history must visit this museum, the birthplace of the railway, good experienced staff to enhance your enjoyment of this unique Head of STEAM

Date of experience: November 2018
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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 29 November 2018 via mobile

we visited this museum on a wee holiday down from inverness because our 2yr old boy loves trains. we were impressed by the thought that had gone into activities for children such as brass rubbing and a play room, the trains on show were in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2018

Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit. As the oldest, untouched part of the museum building (and the spookiest!) the porter's cellar would definitely make an interesting addition to the visitor experience. We will definitely keep this idea in mind for...More

Reviewed 17 November 2018

There is plenty to see in this well laid out exhibition of railway memorabilia. Great rainy day activity and a nnice look back at history with a Darlington link. We spent 2 hours there. .

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steven G
HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2018

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum.

Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

I dont want to be negative and this place deserves to be better after all it is the home of railway engineering. But £5 for an adult ticket for an exhibition with three trains which barely takes 30 minutes to walk around. On the positive...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2018

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your visit and that it only took 30 minutes to look around the museum and read all the interpretation, which tells the history of the Stockton and Darlington Railway and the railway heritage of Darlington....More

Reviewed 11 October 2018

Enjoyed all of it.. great exhibits.. very educational and entertaining.. loved it all.. good coffee shop .. good parking

Date of experience: July 2018
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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2018

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum.

Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Found it very entertaining staff all very knowledable took time to explain things spent a coupe hours wandering around was a good couple hours spent worth a Visit if your kind of thing9/10 overall .

Date of experience: September 2018
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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum.

Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Went here again as there was the annual model railway show on, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered as one visit is probably quite enough. The museum is small, very small and considering Darlington's place in railway history it's a sad reflection of that history. That...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to the museum and the model railway event at the weekend. I will pass on your comments regarding the event to the model railway club and we will take on board your recommendations...More

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DARREN J
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Response from calumwilson1306 |
Hello Darren Adult tickets are £4.95. Concessions and disabled tickets are £3.75 and carers get in free of charge, hope this helps! Best wishes Calum
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