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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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The Engines and ancillary items are well worth a look. With access onto some for a hands on feel.

The attraction itself is well worth a visit, we have done it several times, & the best thing is it's free, With steam train rides at certain times. However we called on Sunday... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

I was disappointed. Having been to the NRM at York, I expected more from Shildon. The guidebook was very poor, the layout was confusing, and there were very few information boards. It was a jumble of stuff, with no sense to anything. An couple of engines were in steam, which is always a good thing, and there was the chance... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Great experience for young and old and all ages in between. Plenty to see a nice little souvenirs shop and a cafe for a rest and refreshments after walking around all the numerous beautifully displayed exhibits. Entrance free for all just leave a voluntary contribution for upkeep.

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

The attraction itself is well worth a visit, we have done it several times, & the best thing is it's free, With steam train rides at certain times. However we called on Sunday 26/4/15 expecting the cafe to be open, thinking late breakfast. We were amazed to find the cafe boarded off, & only empty tables and chairs with a... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The museum is great value for money and is and an amazing day out. There is always different things going on, decently worth a visit.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is well worth a visit and the volunteers are to be commended for the efforts they have made to preserve some of our railway heritage. Interesting exhibits and nice outdoor surroundings make this a good place for families. No parking fees and free entry (though a donation is suggested and is deserved). Unfortunately the cafe is closed just now... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Anything train related and I'm generally dragged to it, but it was interesting, lots to see and lots of activities for the kids to do, little rides for them to go on and drawings and toys etc. Little cafe and shop. Some engines/carriages for the husband to go in and explore, kept him happy for a couple of hours....! X

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I personally do not like trains, but as somewhere to go my toddlers love it here. It is free and warm, and there are plenty of child friendly activities such as colouring tables, treasure hunt sheets and the like. Be warned though, there are a few meaningless peppa pig coin rides that will attract the pester power. It's always been... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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