Skip to main content

New Hall is now open!

We are open 7 days a week (except 24–26 December). See the Visit page for more info.

If you're a school or a group, book your free tickets here.

You are here:

George Stephenson and Son

Learn all about the life of George Stephenson, father of the railways.

Display of items relating to George Stephenson, including a model of Locomotion No. 1

Pre-booking is required.

Following a 15-minute welcome, the package lasts approximately 60 minutes. Each child gets the opportunity to take part in two 30-minute activities.

Stephenson Objects

Children will handle a variety of authentic objects associated with the life of George Stephenson. Items include models, books, tools, medals and miners' lamps. Children will discover George Stephenson's life and personal achievements including his safety lamp, Locomotion No.1, The Stockton and Darlington Railway and the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.

George Stephenson Tour

Children will be taken on an interactive guided tour of the museum's fascinating collection of railway exhibits. Children will see inside an original Stockton and Darlington Railway carriage, the original Locomotion No.1 and original and replica Sans Pareil. Children studying KS1 will also re-enact the opening day of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, while those studying KS2 will engineer and build a railway track.



Children can cut out and assemble their own steam engine collage. Artwork can be used at school to create a collective display or taken home.

Scheduled dates

Curriculum links