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Darlington Railway Centre and Museum

North Road Station | Station Road, Darlington DL3 6ST , England
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Ranked #5 of 8 attractions in Darlington
Type: History Museums
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English first
London
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

time- travel !! back to the 50s a beautifully presented exhibition. But if in the area combine with a visit to the National Railway Museum at Shildon, 8 miles away.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Darlington Railway Museum is an undiscovered gem tucked away in a corner of Darlington. The station is light and airy and the graphics well laid out giving an overview of Darlington's history alongside that of the railways. The highlight of the collection is of course Stephenson's Locomotion no 1, the first steam engine to work on public railways and similar... More

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

It works out cheaper to get the train to Shildon and explore the free entry train museum there where there is a lot more to see.

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

This old station is so well arranged. It is like going back in time. Quiet with room to move. Light and airy and all the stuff you want to see. I'm old enough to remember stations when they were like this and then there are the extra bits!

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

went here one cold Saturday it looks abig museum from the outside but when you get it its small we had awalk over the bridge enjoyed standing on the train and looking at the photos of years gone by if you like trains etc youl like it

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I was prepared to be let down after reading a number of reviews, but I was perhaps a little less disapponted than I had expected to be. Five pounds admission and limited opening hours are frustrating, but the main exhibition is well worth the money, The focus is very much on the S&DR, NER and successors, and is very interesting.... More

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N Yorkshire
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61 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Wanted to visit Shildon but after queueing in the car realised we were not going to be successful decided to go to this museum again as haven't been for many years. £4.99 per adult £3.75 concession. Closes 3.30pm. Car park and overflow. Very informative boards to read and memorabilia. Gives long history of Darlington and the area. A few engines... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

A museum which rightly concentrates on the world's first commercial steam railway, the Stockton and Darlington Railway. The museum hosts the original locomotive and others illustrating the development of steam locomotives in the area and much more about Darlington. The museum is bright, well laid out and with a wealth of posters, pictures and exhibits. A must for enthusiasts but... More

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Billinge, Lancashire
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61 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This is a really great railway museum and is on the original Stockton & Darlington Railway. The Stephenson's Locomotion is on exhibit and comes from near where I was born, so I have now seen it twice, once here and at York, there are heritage buildings which are pleasant, worth a visit for the enthusiast and others alike.

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darlington,county durham, england
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I work with children with special needs and we visited the railway centre with our children who have several learning disabilities and 3 were actually in wheelchairs, we were met by a lovely lady who brought a lot of railway memorabilia and she let the children wear the hats, wave the flags etc And we were then allowed to explore... More

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