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Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

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Address: Locomotion Shildon, Shildon, Bishop Auckland DL4 1PQ, England
Phone Number: 01388 777999
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Though smaller than York, it is a very interesting place, sadly cafe is closed for refurbishing, refreshments in machines at present, free small vintage bus trip, it is enjoyable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Moreton In Marsh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Though smaller than York, it is a very interesting place, sadly cafe is closed for refurbishing, refreshments in machines at present, free small vintage bus trip, it is enjoyable, pretty wheelchair friendly, had a good time about 4 hours. Please if you visit, donate and gift aid it, UK taxpayers only, as this keeps the venue going.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Nice for an afternoon or morning visit. Lots of trains to look at, tables for the kids to make things and draw: play area outside and a nice walk along the old track showing you what the different things and buildings were used for.

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Rochdale
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Visited here in May. Was pretty good but could be better. They need to open up some of the exhibits to allow people to see the inside rather than trying to peer through windows. Apart from that for free it is a good attraction and worth a visit.

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Years ago we visited Shildon and really enjoyed it all, most impressed. Disappointed with it on the recent visit. Unable to see a lot of the locomotives as they had barriers blocking access, walked to look around the goods office, cottages etc, they were all locked but there were no signs at the museum informing you they were closed. Refreshments... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

I hate to write this visitor attraction down, but my experience on this occasion was less than positive. I would have thought on a half term holiday there would be more going on for my grandchildren. Cafe closed for refurbishment. No shuttle bus. No train. Some vending machines not working. A real down-at-heel feeling. It's been much better in the... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A little disappointed, I visited on 25 May Bank Holiday Monday expecting to see lots of locomotives which I did, however there were no A4 Pacifics or the Deltic Diesel which I remember from the sixties. Both appear on their advertising material. Also the café was closed for redevelopment so there were vending machines or a burger van outside. In... More 

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Kirkby in Furness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Another visit to Shildon and this must be now in the 20s or 30s. Today was MECCANO day and, guess what? They are more enthusiastic enthusiasts than the anorak nerds BUT what fun! The things that had been made must have taken weeks to build and a whole lot of no. 1 and 8 kits! So I got the whole... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Took Granson here and had lunch in the cafe. Poor coffee and poor sandwiches. Had cake and that was dry. Great place to visit but would take a picnic next time. They provide inside tables for picnics if it is cool outside.

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bishop Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We went here for the train's and its absolutely great place for a meal and a drink at the cafe and some great trains as we went awhile back to and what a great place for all the family.

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

A must see for visitors to the North East this museum goes out of its way to offer an insight into Railway history lots of interesting exhibits and many worthwhile extra events parking is easy and its free to get in

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