Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Visit the place where railways were born! Set in our original 1840's railway station follow the history of Darlington and the growth of the railways. We have a shop with souvenirs to suit all tastes and pockets and a varied events programme. There really is something for everyone!
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4.5
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Alan R
Castleford, UK147 contributions
Dec 2021
This is a small railway museum not a train museum. It tells the story of the railway from its inception to its hay day and the part Darlington had to play in it. On what it does it is a great museum and there is plenty to keep you occupied for a couple of hours. Some of the interactive exhibits were not in use due to COVID but there is plenty to do and see and some playthings for younger children. Staff are friendly and the girls on reception will sell you a hot drink and a piece of cake which are very good value. All in all it is a great place for railway enthusiasts and people who want to learn about the birth of the railway.
Written December 30, 2021
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R1chardN
Surbiton, UK575 contributions
Oct 2021
This museum is very worth a visit. There are numerous exhibits charting the history of the trains from the early Stevenson style Rocket to more modern days.
There are numerous other artefacts as well as an original passenger carriage.
I really recommend a visit - it is very reasonably priced.
Written November 19, 2021
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KevinEgg
Branston, UK19 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
I came here expecting to get around in about half an hour. In the end I was here for 3 hours. What a great way to spend an afternoon, and for less than £4 as well!
Written August 31, 2021
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We're really glad you enjoyed your time at the museum and found your visit value for money.
Written September 16, 2021
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Chris L
9 contributions
Aug 2021
Clearly much smaller than the York museum, but very informative abou the engineering that went on in the area. Such a shame so much skill was lost.
Written August 6, 2021
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Thank you for your review. Darlington has a long history of engineering and innovation and we're proud to share our railway heritage with visitors.
Written September 16, 2021
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Martin W
Wrexham, UK181 contributions
Jun 2021
Sorry for the delay in posting this review, BUT, we cannot compliment this museum high enough as it was a joy to visit and the people working there were also so happy, friendly and helpful in all matters Darlington !!!
Written July 30, 2021
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Thank you so much for your review. I will pass on your lovely comments to our team. We're really glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written September 16, 2021
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redhand
Carrickfergus, UK541 contributions
Jul 2021
Nominal entrance fee and friendly staff created a very good first impression. The museum is small but the exhibits are interesting and we took around 2 hours to look around and read the various descriptions regarding the items on display.
We detoured off the A1 to visit this museum and it was well worth the trouble.
Written July 24, 2021
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Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit. I will pass on your compliments to our front of house team.
Written September 16, 2021
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Graham C
Leicestershire, UK137 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Had a visit to the museum as reviews gave positive results
Was not disappointed, great displays and lots of information on displays about what was once a major industry contributor too the railway industry

Seeing the enlarged photos of workforce in all their clothing and Forman in their suits and bowler hats gave a good look at our once vibrant mechanical history.

A good few hours spent reliving the past

Good value for money

Graham and Janet
Leicestershire
Written October 9, 2020
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Thank you for your review. I'm glad that you felt our museum lived up to your expectations and that you enjoyed your visit.
Written September 16, 2021
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S A Lea
8 contributions
Oct 2020
Spent a pleasant morning wandering around and taking in the history. Some areas restricted due to Covid-19
Written October 4, 2020
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Thank you for your review. Unfortunately we have had to alter some of our displays due to Covid restrictions but we hope that it didn't affect your visit.
Written September 16, 2021
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KeithR61
London, UK47 contributions
Sep 2020
I thought the museum tells the story about the birth of railways extremely well. There is some repetition of information, but other than that it covers the early days and development of railways, and those in the area, very well.
Written September 6, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit and felt that the museum covers the history of the Stockton and Darlington Railway and Darlington's railway heritage well.
Written September 16, 2021
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John H
Darlington, UK23 contributions
Aug 2020
The best part about the museum is being able to get back in after it closed due to the Pandemic.
Booking a time slot online is essential, and all the usual keeping your distance and hand sanitiser requirements apply.
Being based in Darlington, the famous railway town, there is lots to see about the local history.
Every so often there is an exhibition with more detail about the local history. The current one is about the origin of street names in Darlington.
It's well worth a visit, and it will no doubt feature well in 2025 as part of the celebrations of the birth of steam passenger railways.
Written August 27, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We're excited to be able to welcome visitors back to the museum after our closure. The museum site will definitely be involved with the 200th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 2025 and we look forward to celebrate with our partners along the line.
Written September 16, 2021
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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum is open:
  • Wed - Sun 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM