Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum | Day Out With The Kids

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

Darlington, County Durham, England

  • Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum
  • Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum
  • Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

Attraction Information

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Ages: 0-12

Venue type: Indoor

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



  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Pushchair Pushchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum's website
01325 405060

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

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

More Information

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only