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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

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Address: Station Road, Darlington DL3 6ST, England
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Visit the place where railways were born! Home of Stephenson's Locomotion...

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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A great hidden treat

Head of steam doesn't have the glitz and glamour of the National Railway Museum; however, it is a celebration of where every passenger railway on the planet had its origins... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Head of steam doesn't have the glitz and glamour of the National Railway Museum; however, it is a celebration of where every passenger railway on the planet had its origins. Indeed George Stephenson's original Locomotion number one lives there. Not a replica, but the actual engine. It's not a big museum and it'll only take a couple of hours or... More 

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England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well presented museum, with activity for children. Cafe not open on the day we were there but tea and coffee and snacks available. Some interesting exhibits giving a good idea of early train travel.

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Thank YorkshireM
Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

We visited this attraction during a very rainy day with two little girls who had recently been to York Railway Museum, so we weren't expecting much. However this place was brilliant, the moment we walked in the door we were greeted really pleasantly. The girls were both provided with a chart of things to find throughout the museum. Lots of... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

This place is great, very interesting and well worth a visit. Ideal for rainy days as indoor museum is massive but also great during the summer as lots to see and walk around outside. Completely free Museum !

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Thank IanandDebbie
Eaglescliffe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

An excellent museum, having just the right amount of information and exhibits. Pure history to see "Locomotion" (the first passenger train's engine) amongst other historic engines. The information showed the history of Darlington, with a timeline showing the town's progression along with the railway, with reference to other key UK events. A great way to spend 2 hours Fabulous for... More 

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Hebburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016 via mobile

We travelled here for my autistics sons birthday treat. Great little museum, packed to the rafters with train and heritage exhibitions. Christmassy trail for the kids which they loved. I cannot express how amazing the staff are here, friendly, informative and so welcoming. And the best bit of all is that's it's autism friendly! Only museum I've ever been to... More 

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Durham
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

Really nice museum with loads of interesting exhibits. Some good activities for children on holiday dates. Definitely potential for a first class museum if Darlington Borough Council would develop it.

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Thank Margaret D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

Cheap and cheerful couple of hours out for the kids. Would defiantly recommend. Blast from the past!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

If you are a train buff this is certainly for you! The Head of Steam Museum in Darlington is on the route of the Stockton to Darlington railway, built in 1825 and the world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives. Its job was to haul coal from the collieries to the shipping ports, and in the early days passengers... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Once we realised this was not Shildon national railway museum (yes I know, this is in Darlington!) we really began to enjoy the exhibits. Quiet November morning ,ample parking,very few visitors and friendly receptionist...note there is an entry charge. Good interactive exhibits and social history displays with ability to climb in the cab of at least one engine. Very pleasant... More 

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