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Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Address: Locomotion Shildon, Shildon, Bishop Auckland DL4 1PQ, England
Phone Number: 01388 777999
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Shildon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

On the day we went they had stalls and a brass band playing. We didn't realize that the train was invented here. It was the first town for the trains. It has many places to see you can either walk round or they have a bus to take you to the other parts. On the way if you walk there... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is our second visit to the National Rail Museum at Shildon. Our first visit to Shildon last year to see A4's Dwight D Eisenhowerand Dominion of Canada having been shipped to Shildon to be cosmetically restored ready for The Great Gathering of the 6 beautiful remaining A4 Engines at the NRM at York. Mallard, Sir Nigel Gresley, Dwight D... More 

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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Free to get in so take the kids. As well as the trains in the main shed, there is a cafe and plenty of free parking. There is an outdoor play area for the kids. Also there is a pleasant walk on a marked route which is like walking through local history. The walk takes you towards Timothy Hackworth's house.... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
16 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Amazing museum, really interesting and lots to see. Took my parents the following week, they loved it too. We didn't realise how big or significant this museum was but we are glad we visited.

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Blackpool, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We visited the National Railway museum at Shildon today and we were made to feel very welcome by the customer service team, display staff and the cafe staff, we had a lovely couple of hours. My mother has a disability which makes mobility very difficult for her, my father always does a fact finding enquiry before we get her out... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Shildon is a great day out. With easy access, free parking and right next to Shildon station. It has a great range of trains for everyone to enjoy with everything from the Flying Scotsman to the APT-E. The parking is free on the site and admission is free so there is no excuses why not to go. It has a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Much smaller than NRM in York, as you might expect, but still a great place to visit (in our case a half-day easily did it). The indoor exhibits are in one large hall, a modern purpose built building with great natural light. The engines and rolling stock are arranged in rows making it much easier to just let the kids... More 

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Gateshead
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

First visit to this museum and we all had a great time! Entry was free with a small donation made to the cause. Was really interesting and spent a good few hours here. We travelled on the steam engine along to another part of the site and back again. There's a lovely cafe there which was reasonably priced and offered... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Not many places where you can have a cuppa sitting inside what is effectively and engine shed the size of an aircraft hangar - this is one of them - go on, have fun!

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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Plenty of things to see and plenty of history to explore. It is also one of the few museums that has free entry which is a bargain if you are taking your family with you. plenty of parking and a good day out. Something for all ages.

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