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Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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Great place to visit, sometimes special exhibits like Flying Scotsman watch for upcoming events... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gill B
Durham, United Kingdom
Great place to visit

nicely laid out with lots of interesting exhibits. We had a very knowledgeable guide to show us... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Keighley, United Kingdom
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Locomotion Shildon, Shildon, Bishop Auckland DL4 1PQ, England
+44 1388 777999
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 August 2012

Despite being regular visitors to The NRM in York, the parent museum to this one, this was our first visit to Locomotion. Following the brown signs we found ourselves in a derelict industrial site where the car park next to the locomotive shed is located....More

9  Thank thomas g
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Thought we would pop along for a quick visit as SHILDONBURY festival was in the park today, its been a long time since I was here last and was shocked then, totally suprised how downhill this place has become. To me the Locomotion is not...More

7  Thank Radar-uk-2013
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All reviews free entry on display play area few hours couple of hours nice cafe special events worth a visit steam engine interesting exhibits modern building flying scotsman great place to visit rainy day all ages the national railway museum car park
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place to visit, sometimes special exhibits like Flying Scotsman watch for upcoming events, small shop to purchase model trains, posters, and calendars

Thank Gill B
Reviewed 4 days ago

nicely laid out with lots of interesting exhibits. We had a very knowledgeable guide to show us around who explained a lot of stuff which we would otherwise have missed. Nice little cafe alongside as well.

Thank Davancar
Reviewed 1 week ago

I travelled 35 miles to visit a museum I’d never been to, and I wasn’t to disappointed....the exhibits are a source of wonder, and I’m constantly amazed that what I see before me is all reconstituted from the earth, in one form or another...fascinating and...More

1  Thank 0043
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A Great place to go at half term to show the kids the days of mighty engineering, especially the Heritage of the North East .

Thank John R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited the Railway Museum at York and was keen to visit this smaller exhibition. I was not disappointed by the exhibits on display and would certainly recommend this exhibition. All that is missing is the smell of engine oil. In addition the exhibition...More

Thank d4ducky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite hard to find as there is an overspill car park a long way from the museum (very misleading). We were surprised that entrance was free although donations are accepted. Plenty of trains of all types and ages on display plus lots of things for...More

Thank 2010mustang
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not as good as it was no toy fairs or steampunk fair we use to love going as a family even when events were not on but hardly anything is open apart from the main part with the trains the rest is closed which is...More

1  Thank Curious35890545524
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are staying at Whitworth Hall and found this by chance on ‘things to do nearby’. It’s FREE to enter and FREE park so bonus points for this. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the kids enjoyed doing the hunt, looking for the...More

Thank becks6160
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I always visit the museum when I sm in the area. It is a great thing to have the museum in the town to celebrate the towns wonderful history. The staff are informative and friendly. Lots to see and do..It may not be as big...More

1  Thank BuckleyFamily4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Over the years we have visited numerous railway museums throughout Europe. Locomotion was a disapointment. Signing to Locomotion was poor, perhaps because we did not come from the A1(M). On arrival we found all the atractions (Welcome , Hackworth house, goods and parcel offfice closed)....More

1  Thank RobertRowson
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Response from 123Tammy9 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for late reply. I am not on here all that much. I was there for work, with a group of autistic young people, we didn't use the cafe. However I bought something in the gift shop and they took a payment card, so I... More
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