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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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Great place for both young and old

Visited here on a Saturday afternoon whist looking after my 3yr old nephew, who loves trains (so ideal place) This is free you just have to make a donation, staff friendly and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Visited here on a Saturday afternoon whist looking after my 3yr old nephew, who loves trains (so ideal place) This is free you just have to make a donation, staff friendly and helpful. Lots of carriages to look into, children can even dress up. Nice little gift shop and cafe

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Liverpool
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

My husband and I have visited The National Railway Museum in York and said we should visit Shildon. It is a little smaller but still worth a visit. You can walk along the line to other exhibits or there's a shuttle bus. It was free entry but a small donation is appreciated.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

this is a fantastic place to visit,so much to do and so much to see,and its FREE TO VISIT,lots of free parking as well,

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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Great selection of loco's, carriages, rolling stock and other historical railway artefacts. Well stocked shop and a nice tea room. Clean and safe environment for the family. Often gets busy during weekends and school holidays, so avoid these times if a quiet visit is what you are after.

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County Durham England
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I visited the Locomotion Railway museum at Shildon County Durham today,not a plqnned visit, I was passing by sol as a I am a steam train fan I thought I would have a look in. On arrival I was pleased to find car parking was free, then better still, no admittance fee either. When I got in I noticed a... More 

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gloucester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

Went here on a coach trip, doesn't look like much from the outside until you see your first train and then they are everywhere. We went in one entrance and were very impressed by the variety of trains,these are not models but full size trains.From a replica of Stephenson's first engine to the Royal Scotsman.We didn't realise that there is... More 

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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

really enjoyed - as a grandmother ideal place to take children when the weather not so good. The cafe is the only disappointment - I had a takeaway coffee and it was diabolical. Just felt it was done on the cheap but that was the only negative part of the day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

Spent morning looking at all the old trains was vey enjoyable, and all undercover, well worth a visit

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went with family and thoroughly enjoyed my visit the steam train was running so had a couple of trips on it bought back memories of my childhood with the steam, noise and smell, very educational well worth a visit

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Denmead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I'll be honest, with free entry and half term I wasn't expecting a lot. However I was pleasantly surprise. What a fantastic museum. Loads of exhibits and some genuinely interesting trains and carriages. Entry is free but do try and leave a donate to help the good work. If you are going, check on the website as to what is... More 

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