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Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Good visit

Great place to visit, I don't class myself as a train enthusiast but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lots & lots of steam trains to look at.

Like trains. Shildon Locomotion is for you. How much is it I hear you ask? It isn't, it's free. No... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Steven K
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Locomotion Shildon, Shildon, Bishop Auckland DL4 1PQ, England
+44 1388 777999
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All reviewsfree entryon displayplay areafew hourscouple of hoursnice cafespecial eventsworth a visitsteam engineinteresting exhibitsmodern buildingflying scotsmangreat place to visitrainy dayall agesthe national railway museumon site
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Reviewed today

We have been regular visitors since Locomotion opened and used to enjoy the variety of attractions offered: not only the exhibits but also toy fairs, model railway exhibits, trade stands, and other events. Sadly, some of these attractions, including the toy fairs, appear to have...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Great place to visit, I don't class myself as a train enthusiast but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here; it was well laid out and very interesting. Went when they had a steam train running so got to ride on this too :)

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Like trains. Shildon Locomotion is for you. How much is it I hear you ask? It isn't, it's free. No, you gasp. Yes it is, they're actually giving this top level train experience away for nothing. Still, if you're a railway enthusiast you've probably been...More

Thank Steven K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We called in today with my 3yr old grandson . He dose not speek but dose communicate with signs .He was so happy to get close up to the trains he went on to the footplate of one with my husband to look there was...More

Thank christine h
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can’t complain at visiting a railway museum that is free has no entry fee, a well presented display of the history of trains, the place is immaculate with lots of engines and carriages displayed internally. Including ongoing restoration works. Even if you aren’t a...More

Thank Bennettbrian
Reviewed 1 week ago

While staying in the area, we chose to "check out" what the Locomotion Museum in nearby Shildon was about, and are we glad we did! We followed our GPS that took us to a parking lot by the tracks with various buildings that were locked...More

Thank Bruce L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good look out with the kids. Nice place to see vintage trains in their element. Outside park for kids and worth going when there are themed days on too. Last 2 times we went there were Tim Peakes space suit/escape pod and a classic car...More

Thank Kevin D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful day out with the grandchildren, plenty to do for them while we sit down and have a cuppa after a lovely steady walk round the engines ,and all FREE, not the tea!

1  Thank ROBIN K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited Locomotion a few times since it opened and I can't rid myself of the feeling that it is just a glorified storage shed. Certainly the exhibits (or, at least, most of them) are of interest and / or importance, but there is no...More

1  Thank Stephen T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely few hours in the museum. Good for both adults and children. Lots of interaction things for children to do and simple information for children. We walked up the track to the other museum buildings but unfortunately they weren't open. It was...More

1  Thank Sue S
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Laura V
12 February 2018|
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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
20 March 2017|
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