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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

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Address: 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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choo choose this for a fun morning out !

we visited with three generations of family and found something for all of us to get into. really nice timeline displays and lots of quirky objects and stories about the trains... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I cannot rate this highly enough. As a history of both the railways nationally, Darlington generally, and how the two interacted with each other, it is perfect. For a small museum it is stuffed with information and on the day I visited there were many kids attractions and the cafe was open. Entry was just £1, but as this was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we visited with three generations of family and found something for all of us to get into. really nice timeline displays and lots of quirky objects and stories about the trains and their history. I'd like to see it brought up to date a little but still def worth a visit - the place has a lovely feel to it... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and my two young children (under 5)visited today for the first time. We arrived for opening time and was greeted warmly by the gentleman at reception. However, that is where the good part ends really. The card machine was not working, so I luckily had enough cash to pay entry. I then asked if there was a cafe so... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day out at the museum had lots to offer, fairly new to tripadvisor so trying my best here! A fair price at £4.95 would probably have been better to go when there was an event on but still a very good day out, might bring my dad too as he's a big train enthusiast!

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Thank DanielField77
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with our three year old who loved the trains and interactive exhibits. There is also plenty for adults and we found it genuinely interesting to walk around. Took just over 2 hours to comfortably walk around and also visit the shed where they are building a new train. Definitely somewhere to visit.

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Douglas, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth visiting this museum and getting an understanding how railways evolved. Set in an old station on the historic Stockton to Darlington Railway with Stephenson's Locomotion no.1 being the primary must see exhibit.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes its a train museum, if you have to visit one in your life make it this one - some interesting points to look around.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well if like me a train is for getting from A to B this will blow your mind. The engineering needed to create must have been astounding. Well worth a visit.

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