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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

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Address: Darlington Railway Museum Station Road | North Road Station, Darlington DL3 6ST, England
Phone Number: 01325 405060
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11:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

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little gem

small unique station enclosing great museum .nice café. lots for children to do in holidays.special days with vintage cars and trucks too

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
blinkyoftowlaw
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An interesting day visit. It was very good to see the development of Darlington from early history to today. The history of the Stockton to Darlington railway was fascinating.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent spot for both families, train enthusiasts (large and small) and those looking for a relaxed day out - take your walking shoes and build up a head of steam yourself!

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Thank pchelper
Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

small unique station enclosing great museum .nice café. lots for children to do in holidays.special days with vintage cars and trucks too

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Thank blinkyoftowlaw
Darlington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with grandson and we all had a great time. Staff friendly and helpful and the engines were splendid. Not sure which of us was more enthralled but would come again.

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Thank JFS28
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My three year old loves going here because he likes the green and the black train. Today's visit had the extra attraction of an Anglo Saxon craft event. Despite being near to closing they had all the time in the world for me and the family. The staff are always friendly and helpful Will go again

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Thank Jim K
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a good and interesting attraction which has a good range of examples of historic trains and carriages. Disabled parking is provided that is relatively close to the attraction entrance but the surface is rough and therefore not the easiest to walk on or push a wheelchair over. Once in the attraction every effort is made to help those... More 

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Thank Trevor L
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been meaning to visit for some time - the birthplace of the railway with the Stockton-Darlington Railway Line built in 1825 ! So much more atmospheric cos iis in the actual original station building ! The original Locomotion built by Stephenson is given pride of place alongside the Derwent which was bilt in 1845 & 2 other very old engines.... More 

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Thank Ros896
Darlington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Great that it's a piece of history on a real platform but if you get the train outside to Shildon you can see the NRM museum. A lot more trains and a donation not an entry fee. More trains more history and great value for money.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

This is one of those museums that has interest out of all proportion to its entrance fee. Not only does it contain the first steam locomotive to be preserved ever, but one of such historical importance. In addition, they manage the difficult balance between catering for children and adults very well. Very helpful and friendly volunteers as well!

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Thank Matthew W
Durham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This is the place to see Stephenson's 'Locomotion' and some other interesting exhibits. However, it is somewhat overshadowed by the other 'Locomotion': the branch of the National Railway Museum at Shildon, just up the line. It may be worth a visit to gain a fuller insight into the history of our railways but I am not sure that it's worth... More 

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