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Locomotion will be closed on Thursday 23 May. New Hall opens on Friday 24 May.

From 24 May we will be 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.

Locomotion visual story

This visual story provides images and text to help you prepare for your visit to Locomotion. 

You can also explore our museum collection online.

Before you arrive

Opening times and ticket booking

The museum is open Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.00 (last entry 16.40).  

During school holidays the museum is open Monday–Sunday, 10.00–17.00 (last entry 16.40).

You do not need to book a ticket before coming.

Quiet times

The museum tends to be quieter on weekdays and at the end of the day.

Locomotives in a quiet museum

There are tannoy announcements through the day, giving visitors information on different activities taking place.

A tannoy machine at Locomotion

Our workshop is located in the back corner of the museum—it can sometimes be noisier in this area.

A locomotive being restored in a workshop

Getting here

Key transport routes

By car

If you're using a satnav, enter DL4 2RE for the main car park. Follow the access road—the car park is the last turn on the left. To reach the museum entrance from the car park, follow the road then turn right to the entrance door.

There is work taking place in our car park as part of our site development. The car park has limited capacity but there are still spaces available, and an area in front of Main Hall is allocated for accessible parking. All our parking is free of charge.

Locomotion car park

By train

The museum is a three-minute walk from Shildon railway station, served by Northern Rail trains from Darlington and Bishop Auckland.

Locomotion Shildon railway station

By bus

There are regular bus services to Shildon from Bishop Auckland and Darlington. Arriva bus number 1 (from Darlington) and number 5 (from Bishop Auckland) stop on Dale Road, just outside Locomotion.

Locomotion bus info

By bicycle

If you cycle to Locomotion, there are cycle racks outside the museum building.

Locomotion bike racks

When you arrive

Museum entrance(s)

This is the entrance to the museum building. There may be a small queue outside.

Locomotion museum entrance

If you can't wait in the queue, speak to a member of staff and they will be able to support you.

Welcome Desk

There is a Welcome Desk by the entrance door. A member of staff will be able to help answer any questions.

Locomotion welcome desk

Around the museum

Key resources

At the Welcome Desk, you can borrow:


Locomotion wheelchair

Walk-rest seats

Walk-rest seat

Sensory packs, including ear defenders

Explorer backpacks

You can also pick up:

Site map

Locomotion site map

Must-see guide

Locomotion must see guide

Activity trails

Locomotion activity trails

Key exhibits

There are lots of rail vehicles on display in the museum—you can find out more information in the Must See guide.

Locomotion must see guide

Learning areas

There are areas for object handling and craft activities set up around the museum building.

Locomotion object handling
Locomotion object handling

Play areas

The museum has indoor and outdoor play areas.

Play area
Locomotion outdoor play area

Taking a break


Bathrooms for visitors are now available by the café, and near the office at the rear of Main Hall.

Locomotion cafe

This sign shows where the toilets are.

Locomotion toilets sign

This sign shows which is the accessible toilet.

Locomotion accessible toilet

Quiet space

If you need to take a break or would like a quiet space in the museum building, please ask a member of staff to help you.


You can buy food and drinks at the café, located near the entrance door.

Locomotion cafe

Picnic areas

If you prefer to bring your own food and drinks, there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas for you to use. 

Locomotion picnic areas
Locomotion picnic areas

Outdoor areas

The museum site is partially open-air and there are outdoor paths up to 1km in length to reach the historic buildings.


You can buy gifts and souvenirs from the shop, located near the exit door.

You can buy gifts and souvenirs from the shop, located near the exit door. The shop also includes a railway modelling section, with some higher value items. For more information on our railway modelling range, please visit Welcome – Locomotion Models

Locomotion shop

When you're ready to leave


The museum exit is located near the entrance. If you need a quieter route out of the museum, please ask a member of staff.

Locomotion exit

In an emergency


In an emergency, there may be an announcement saying: "Ladies and Gentlemen, may I have your attention please. It has become necessary to evacuate the building."

This means we need to leave the building quickly and calmly through one of the fire exits. A member of staff will direct you.

Locomotion emergency exit

We wait next to the green sign on the fence opposite the museum entrance. Do not go back inside until a member of staff tells you that it is safe to do so.

Locomotion fire assembly point

First aid

If you need any first aid, please ask a member of staff and they will help you. We also have a defibrillator.

First aid kit