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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

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Address: Station Road, Darlington DL3 6ST, England
Phone Number: +44 1325 405060
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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 small museum, but very well put together

Although small, it was quiet and we were able to send time looking properly at the exhibits. Afterwards we bumped into some people outside who recommended that we go over to the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Robin D
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Epping, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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Thank Mike S
York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Epping, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although small, it was quiet and we were able to send time looking properly at the exhibits. Afterwards we bumped into some people outside who recommended that we go over to the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust engine shed. This was where "Tornado" was built and where they are currently constructing the brand new P2 "Price of Wales", as well as... More 

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Thank Robin D
Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As I live in the town I have been here on quite a few occasions, it's brilliant and even better if you've have kids, or grandkids as I have. they love it.

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Thank Phil M
Market Rasen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'd been looking forward to visiting this little museum and it didn't disappoint. The initial reception from the young lady in the foyer was warm, helpful and welcoming (and very knowledgeable). There are lots of factual details, a genuine Victorian booking office, ditto Victorian toilets, ditto Victorian waiting room. There are a number of interactive "quiz" games (suitable for all... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Constant whooshes and whistles really helped to enhance the atmosphere of this small but perfectly formed museum. For a cold and wet Sunday in November, there were a surprising number of people visiting and the staff were very helpful.

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Thank AroundMike
Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

I visited this museum at the beginning of October, and what a little gem it is. I spent a good 2 hours in there.

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Thank Jonathan F
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Had a visit today 29th October 2016,its very interesting;telling the story of stocton to darlington railway. I noticed on one review it says free to get in, it was,nt today, car park was free, worth visiting.

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Thank Lynn F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

Been to this place since I was a baba , good for rainy days with families , enjoy every time I go because they always have new things there

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