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Entry to the museum is free.


Opening times

Open daily: 10.00–16.00

10.00–17.00 in summer (from 25 March)

Closed 24–26 December and 1 January

GETTING to the museum

We are a three-minute walk from Shildon Station, served by Northern Rail trains from Darlington and Bishop Aukland.

Satnav: DL4 2RE for the main car park. Follow the road into the industrial estate and the car park is the last turn on the left.

Alternatively, follow the brown tourist signs found on these routes:

  • From A689 towards Bishop Auckland (Rushyford/Eden Arms Roundabout)
  • From A688 (Bishop Auckland) at roundabout onto West Auckland Road (A6072)
  • Take Junction 58 on A1(M) onto the A68 (for Corbridge) and follow the Locomotion signs. We’re just 15 minutes from the A1(M)

We have a large car park next to the Collection Building, plus disabled parking close to the museum’s entrance and exit.

Regular bus services run from Bishop Auckland and Darlington. Arriva number 1 (from Darlington) and number 5 (from Bishop Auckland) stop on Dale Road, just outside Locomotion.

For further information and timetables, use the journey planner on the Traveline site.

Locomotion is a 15-minute walk away from Shildon town centre.

Food and drink

Cafe Number One is open daily from 10.00–16.00.

Our cafe team is passionate about serving the finest quality food and drink. In our newly refurbished cafe—complete with Eurostar seating—we offer a range of hot and cold food and beverages, including a breakfast range, children’s lunch boxes, sandwiches, snacks and hot food for lunch.

If you would like to speak to the team about menus, special dietary requirements or have any other questions please call 03000 266580 and we will be happy to help.

School visits

We offer activities tailored to meet National Curriculum requirements for both Key Stages 1 and 2.

All our sessions are free and require booking in advance.

Have a look at our workshops.


The museum is fully wheelchair accessible, however it is a partially open-air site and and visitors will need to use outdoor footpaths up to 1km in length to view all of our buildings.

Emergency exits use symbols to aid reading by the visually impaired.

Wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities in all areas are equipped with hand rails and emergency cords. We have a limited number of wheelchairs available for visitors’ use. To pre-book call 01904 685780. Baby changing facilities are located within the unisex disabled toilet, suitable for both fathers and mothers.

For further information or enquires around access, visitors should call us on 01904 685780.

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 incredibly detailed locomotive and carriage models from Bachmann.

Other useful information

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, with information about photography, restricted items and more.

Other things to do

Why not explore the world’s oldest railway town during your trip to Locomotion?

Wander further into Shildon and you’ll discover connections with the town’s railway history. At Locomotion’s reception you can get a copy of the Shildon Rail Trail, which contains more information about local historic walks.

The Daniel Adamson coach house is one of several notable buildings in Shildon, commonly believed to be the town’s first purpose-built passenger railway terminus. Later in life it became a venue for community activities.

There’s also St John’s Parish Church, built in 1834, rebuilt in 1882 and extended in 1902. Timothy Hackworth’s grave can be found in the church yard on the main path.

A statue of Hackworth can also be found in Hackworth Park, which was provided for the many railwaymen who moved into the town’s new terraces in 1912.

County Durham is also home to some great walks, with guided walks organised by Durham County Council. Have a look at This Is Durham’s walking routes for more wonderful wanders.

Venture further into the Vale of Durham and uncover our history and heritage at nearby Auckland Castle, or head to BeamishThe Living Museum of the North. Visit Durham City and marvel at the awe-inspiring Durham Cathedral, previously voted the UK’s Number One Landmark, and Durham Castle—together forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the Durham Dales you can experience The Bowes Museum and Raby Castle, or simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery which provides a retreat into peace and tranquillity—perfect for walking and cycling. Don’t miss the perfect photo opportunity at High Force—one of England’s most spectacular waterfalls.