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

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Historic buildings

Immerse yourself in the history of the world's first railway town and find out more about how early railways operated.

The buildings and structures at Locomotion tell the story of Shildon's role as the home of the Stockton and Darlington Railway works. Find out more about each building and how it contributed to the town's success as the 'cradle of the railways'.


These historic buildings can be viewed from the outside every day, as part of the walk around our open-air site.

We can't offer inside access at the moment, as we're working with Durham County Council and the Science Museum Group to develop a maintenance plan to help us preserve this important part of Shildon's railway heritage.