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You no longer need to pre-book your museum admission, except for selected events.


Welcome to Locomotion in Shildon, where you can have a fun family day out in the birthplace of the railways.

Museum admission is free. There's no need to pre-book an admission ticket, except for selected events and activities.

We're a charity and you may be asked to consider making a voluntary donation when visiting. Find out how your support helps us.

We're proud winners of a Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Award (2021).

Please help us to keep everyone safe by wearing a face covering when indoors at the museum, unless you are exempt. Our staff also wear face coverings.

Opening times

Our normal opening hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–16.00 (winter), 10.00–17.00 (summer).

We are currently on summer opening hours. Last admission is 16.30 (summer), 15.30 (winter).

Summer holidays

We’re open from 10.00 to 17.00 every day during the school summer holidays, Saturday 23 July to Sunday 4 September. Find out more about our Summer Spectacular.

Museum shop

Browse an extensive range of railway gifts, models, books, posters, clothing and more in our shop near the entrance to the Collection Building. Alongside highlights such as our Flying Scotsman range, you’ll find classic train sets from Hornby and locomotive and carriage models from Bachmann.

You can also buy beautifully detailed models in our online model shop.

Useful info

Dogs are permitted on the museum’s outdoor footpaths, but must not be left unattended at any time. Dogs are not permitted in the children’s play area or in any museum building, except for assistance dogs. Other animals are not permitted.

Download our admissions guidelines for information about photography, restricted items and our full conditions of entry.

Part of the Science Museum Group