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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

  • Darlington
  • Indoor
  • Ages 0-12
  • Railway and Transport Attractions, Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

Step back in time and journey through British railway history at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum. Find out what Victorian Darlington - the Birthplace of the Railways, was like in the 1840s as you explore 150-years-old Victorian railways station. Don’t miss out on the family activities throughout the year!

Imagine what train travel was like in Victorian times - pick up a free family trail and venture around the old station building. Discover the Booking Office with its fascinating Victorian interior, the platform and its original footbridge, and even the Victorian toilets! Train enthusiasts of all ages will be excited to see four historic locomotives, including the iconic Stephenson’s Locomotion No1 (on loan from the National Railway Museum).  

In addition to its permanent exhibition, Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum also welcomes temporary exhibitions and family events. Plus, your kids will love spending time in the activity room where they can learn and play, for even more railway fun. 

  • Free adventure trail around the old station 
  • Activity room for kids to learn and play
  • Lots of exciting holiday events & activities


Opening hours

April to September: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
October to March: Wednesday to Sunday 11:00 - 15:30


General Admission
Adults (16+): £4.95
Kids (6-15): £3.00 
Under 5s: Free
Seniors (60+): £3.75 
Family day pass (2 adults & 4 kids): £10.00

Travel & Contact Information


North Road Station, Station Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 6ST, England

Phone number

01325 405060



Click here to visit Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, snacks are available.

Yes, Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Assistance/Guide Dogs only

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