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Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

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Address: Locomotion Shildon, Shildon, Bishop Auckland DL4 1PQ, England
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Yes, It is FREE

How many places can you go to for a day out, without an admission charge? Yet it is a great place to go. Our grandkids love it. Loads of different train engines, carriages etc... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

How many places can you go to for a day out, without an admission charge? Yet it is a great place to go. Our grandkids love it. Loads of different train engines, carriages etc. Even a Royal train! The café needs improvement, for some unknown reason, they stop doing bacon & sausage sarnies, at 1130am, despite both of them being... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately Shildon failed to live up to my expectations. I was disappointed not to see more investment in displays that reflected the development and growth of the earlier railways in the UK. While the building is amazing very little thought has been given to how the exhibits should be displayed and information provided- tag cards hanging from door handles is... More 

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Leigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first visit to this museum and what a fantastic place this is. Free to visit but donations are recommended. Ample free car parking is available. A very good array of Locomotives are on show here with the chance of climbing aboard selected ones with a member of staff who are happy to answer questions I found. The gift shop... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great day out brilliant little park for the toddlers just outside the museum. The museum itself is free entry but donations are excepted. Lots of locomotives to look at there is a few you can get access to the drivers cab. Nice little gift shop as well as a cafe if you don't mind the prices. There is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a good time looking at the trains from the past. The 2 children we had were excited seeing how large they were. The only issue we came across was not too much for little ones to keep occupied. Very good visit

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been here a number of times and it never ceases to please. Took my wife, sons and wives and two grandchildren and hey loved it. It is not too overwhelming like many similar attractions and two hours is enough. Parking is easy and everything is free. There is also a good cafe with proper home made chips.

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For any train enthusiast this is a must especially on a special event day. No expensive entrance fee (like the one at York) , lots of things to see, and if you go on a special day lots more to do. So definitely worth a visit.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent museum ,great place for all ages ,has a gift shop,cafe and activities for children.Its really worth a visit and we travelled by train from Darlington to Shildon and the museum is only a short walk from where you get off the train.So glad we visited but was surprised we had never seen any advertising about it while we stayed... More 

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berwick upon twed
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited Locomotion before (and will again), so when we found ourselves with a couple of hours spare in County Durham, Locomotion was a natural choice. The displays change regularly, and it's good to get on to the footplate of a real locomotive. A thoroughly good afternoon,

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Shildon (Locomotion) for the first time, expecting to see a few locos and to get a feel for the great railway history behind the place. What a shame it disappointed us on so many levels. Entering via the large adjacent car park one has first to find the main entrance which is hidden around the corner out of... More 

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