Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Locomotion

Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon houses over 70 vehicles in its ‘Collection Building’, for which admission and parking are free. Learn about the fascinating history of the railways and so much more!

Although the ‘Collection Building’ is perhaps the main attraction for many, the museum also hosts special guided tours to the heritage end of the site. On these tours guests are taken to see railway pioneer Timothy Hackworth’s house, the Soho shed, and so much more. The tours are free of charge and last approximately one hour.

During special events the museum also hosts steam and diesel train rides. These rides take visitors on a journey between the ‘Collection Building’ and the heritage buildings, before returning. They have a small charge, but under 5s ride free!

The museum also offers steam driver experiences for as little as £80! Please contact the museum on 01904 685780 for more information.

Spectacular events, free activities, full wheelchair and pushchair access, and a fantastic range of facilities (including a café & shop) make the museum the world class attraction that it is. Free admission and free parking mean that Locomotion is a 'must-see' museum.

Explore the history of the railways and so much more at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Opening times: 10am – 4pm from 1st October until March 31st, 10am – 5pm from 1st April to 30th September. Closed 24th – 26th December and 1st January

Entry price: Free

  • trains
  • technology
  • acting like a kid
  • big stuff
  • industrial history
  • learning
  • the real thing

Visitor Information

  • Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, Dale Road Industrial Estate, Shildon, DL4 2RE
  • 01904 685780
  • Website

Facilities

  • Access
  • Parking
  • Shop
  • Cafe