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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

Darlington Railway Museum Station Road, Darlington DL3 6ST, England
+44 1325 405060
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A modest home for machines that changed the world.

This fascinating museum should be world-renowned for its links with the world's first... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Digr
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Isle of Man
Small but pleasant museum charting the start of the railways in Britain

Quite a small museum but with a lot of interesting artifacts, film and some interesting locomotives... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Trevor H
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Visit the place where railways were born! Home of Stephenson's Locomotion No 1 and other rare engines. 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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  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Darlington Railway Museum Station Road, Darlington DL3 6ST, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This fascinating museum should be world-renowned for its links with the world's first passenger-carrying railway. I'm not a railway enthusiast but I recognise historic artefacts and this museum contains some globally significant ones. A big thumbs-up to the curatorial staff - the standard of the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite a small museum but with a lot of interesting artifacts, film and some interesting locomotives including the original Locomotion engine built in 1825. A very neat, tidy and clean museum with good staff.

Thank Trevor H
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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with reservations following reading reviews on TripAdvisor but was pleasantly surprised. Quite a bit to see in the museum and with internet was able to follow-up and broaden the experience. Staff were very welcoming. We went on a Sunday morning when it was quite...More

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited it only by an accident as I had to wait at Darlington because some connection services were cancelled due to an industrial action. I just went to city and noticed that there is a railway centre. I went in and was surprised to...More

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderfully updated experience to bring overseas visitors too.The children especially enjoyed the things to do.

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed June 13, 2018

Darlington Railway Centre & Museum where we enjoyed looking around the birthplace of every railway in the world all started here thanks to George Stevenson and a few wise men (Pease & Backhouse) in 1825 the first public steam railway began. We even stopped and...More

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2018

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and learning about the Stockton and Darlington Railway and Darlington's railway heritage.

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Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

I had never heard of this museum until I searched for activities to do in the half term. It is a lovely little museum with an active railway line on site. We went for the farm yard flyer which was a few animal boxes in...More

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Reviewed May 26, 2018

Small but interesting railway museum with very kind and helpful staff. I would recommend for a family day out.

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2018

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

This museum is located in the old Victorian train station in Darlington. It houses the original Locomotion built by Robert Stephenson. This was the 1st train to pull wagons on a public railway. The museum also has other classic engines. It provides a wealth of...More

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2018

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed April 29, 2018

It is incredible that the original locomotion no.1 is their but really that is all they have that is any good. They have too other locomotives and some good interactive displays but locomotion at Shildon is far better and that is also free while personally...More

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2018

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you did not enjoy your visit to our museum. Apart from Locomotion No 1 we also have three locomotives and a 3rd class carriage. Unfortunately, unlike Locomotion at Shildon, we are not a national museum and don't receive...More

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Hello Darren Adult tickets are £4.95. Concessions and disabled tickets are £3.75 and carers get in free of charge, hope this helps! Best wishes Calum
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