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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Nice museum to spend a rainy hour in, and it's free. Well signposted and large car park. Nice gift shop with plenty to buy, also has a little cafe

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Nice museum to spend a rainy hour in, and it's free. Well signposted and large car park. Nice gift shop with plenty to buy, also has a little cafe

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Shildon railway museum is a good place to visit when your trying to find a low cost outing for a few hours. There is a nice park for the kids, different day time activities (check website) a shop selling lots of memorabilia, a cafe and of course trains. U can take your own packed lunch and entry is free making... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We spent a couple of enjoyable hours here on our way back from our Northumberland trip, yes it is a much smaller version than the one found in York but that does not make it any less interesting and there was a very good selection of historic locos on display,it is also free apart from a donation ,plenty of car... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

If you love trains and in particular steam trains take a trip to Locomotion. It's not as big as the museum in York, but it's free of charge and great for an afternoon looking around. Especially if it's raining as most is under cover.

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is museum is the overspill from the National Railway Museum at York, and like many overspills the exhibits are shoehorned in. That's not to say there aren't interesting things to look at, but the museum lacks the soul that's seen in the sister site in York. There is a large car park, with special provision for those with mobility... More 

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A free day out that's good for rail fans but a struggle to find, very poorly sign posted, would not recommend going without a sat nav, even though it was a struggle with it, eventually found our way, has some good Trains worth a visit if you live close with a good environment for children in arts and crafts also... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had a good family day out here a couple of days ago. Really impressed with the wheelchair access around the site and down to the buildings beyond the station. Enjoyed an excellent tour of these buildings, led by Alan, who was a very knowledgeable and effective guide. We had intended to go to Beamish but changed our minds due... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

An enjoyable and interesting visit to this free museum of railway engines rolling stock and history. Our only gripe is the paucity of directional signs from main roads.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

It's a quiet and small town in the North East of England but thanks to the Locomotion: The National Railway Museum - it's firmly on the map for good reasons. This attraction has been up and running for years now and it has helped to cement the future of the town with positivity and attracting people from all over. I'm... More 

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My daughter said "you will like it if you are interested in trains"! There were two locos which had men on board to explain things and these were very interesting, so too the mining loco with the name of the last driver scratched on to the side. There were some interesting coaches and lots to see. The cafe is fine... More 

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Address: Locomotion Shildon, Shildon, Bishop Auckland DL4 1PQ, England
Phone Number: 01388 777999
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Bishop Auckland  >  Shildon
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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