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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

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Address: Station Road | North Road Station, Darlington DL3 6ST , England
Phone Number: 01325 405060
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11:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

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A small but perfectly formed museum

One of the original stations on the first line to carry passengers anywhere in the world the building itself is a memorial to the age of steam. Inside are some of the oldest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Timothy_314
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very small my toddler finished up in half an hour. Although he loved the small ride on train. Could be improved a lot to make it more interesting.

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Thank P C
Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the original stations on the first line to carry passengers anywhere in the world the building itself is a memorial to the age of steam. Inside are some of the oldest locomotives in the world, presented cleanly and with good explanation. There are a few slightly dull cases of kleptomaniac style curating where any object made by an... More 

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Truro, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great place until about 2006 when it went downhll, I loved coming here, they even had a steam engine on rather good straight piece of track by the A1 and NELPG works. Now nothing, no rides, there should be history of Stockton to Darlington line, it needs a good refurb but donw to a good standard to... More 

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Thank Christopher F
south wales
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This is a great way to spend an afternoon a particularly if the weather is not so good. Loads of trains steam, diesel etc and exhibs - kids and grown ups should love this place. Easy parking - Go you'll love it.

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Thank bitofatit
Bedford, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

This is a well organised museum with some very interesting engines, carriages and memorabilia. It is very friendly and the staff are very helpful and enthusiastic. There are activities for the children and a small cafeteria. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Paul C
Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

This museum is a must visit, as the home of the railway. It is a nice manageable size, with lots of seats and benches for visitors to sit down. As well as many fascinating displays and artefacts, it also houses several steam trains including the very first steam train, Locomotive 1. There is even a ghost story! It's a fabulous... More 

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Thank Claudia B
Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

our little lad loves trains so this place just lets him experence it all. when we get home hes so tired from such a fun day he sleeps.

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Thank jane m
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised at this museum. I am not that interested in trains but this museum housed in the original train station was a delight. You can see George Stephenson's Locomotive 1 in all its wonderful glory which had its first journey from this very station. there are plenty of hands on activities for children and lots of very... More 

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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This charming museum is well worth a visit. Excellent value for money and fascinating subject matter of the history of the Stockton and Darlington railway. We really enjoyed it.

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Thank keenwalker48
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Just had a great time at the museum with three grandsons. Lots of interactive activities for all ages. The staff are really enthusiastic and helpful. No pressure on time gives a really family friendly feel to this attraction. Really worth a visit.

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