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Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

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Locomotion Shildon, Shildon, Bishop Auckland DL4 1PQ, England
+44 1388 777999
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Trains presented in a modern facility dedicated to preservation and restoration

Shildon was at the heart of the birth of the railways and its links to industry giants like Timothy... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
David C
Kitchener, Canada
Way better than York

This is a small museum and as such they appear to try harder to make you enjoy your visit. The... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Stockton-on-Tees, England, United Kingdom
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Locomotion Shildon, Shildon, Bishop Auckland DL4 1PQ, England
+44 1388 777999
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

Shildon was at the heart of the birth of the railways and its links to industry giants like Timothy Hackworth makes this a great destination for history and train buffs. The facility is modern and displays the engines very well indeed and hosts special events...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This is a small museum and as such they appear to try harder to make you enjoy your visit. The was not a good start, I looked at a map the night before, so knew where it was but took 1 hour longer than it...More

Thank 773MarkW
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The displays were great and the explanations were fulsome and interesting. Nice wee cafe as well and the staff were the friendliest.

Thank TravelsWorksGoesHome
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Advertised as open all year round all we found to be open was the main collection hall. The welcome building and other points of interest nearer the entrance were all closed with no explanation. The main collection hall itself was good with lots of friendly...More

2  Thank Churnabog
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Helped with 28 5/6yr olds on a school trip. Got to be honest I have very little (if any) interest in trains even though I have a Thomas the Tank mad 3yr old! However the man who led the trip (sorry didn't get his name)...More

1  Thank LinsH83
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Three generations aged 2 to 67 went on a day trip here, there was something to interest us all. Well laid out and (mostly) accessible although there are some steps. It is quite a large site so be prepared for a walk. We didn't have...More

1  Thank Silversue1949
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I visited on my way home from holiday when no locomotives were in steam but found the preserved loco's and carriages on display very interesting and will certainly visit on special steam days

1  Thank Ron T
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

We had an American colleague visiting and decided to take him here as he has an interest in trains, what an exhibition. Free entry and parking , he was most impressed, most American museum would charge and not as good. We sat inside the engine...More

1  Thank Kevin A
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

I am slightly bias as for a free day out the interest of railways can be satisfied .There is a great area for children and a quiz for children as they go around. You can climb on locomotive footplates see steam and diesel locomotives and...More

Thank Brent H
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Grandchildren loved it. Lots to see. Ideal for a rainy day because is indoors. Also, free entry - even better whenever​ you're entertaining small children

Thank judehaze
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Yes and a overflow carpark