Locomotion | Day Out With The Kids


3 star Rating 3 / 5 2 reviews

Shildon, County Durham, England

  • Girl on train at Locomotion in Shildon
  • Trains at Locomotion in Shildon

Attraction Information

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  • Railway and Transport Attractions icon Railway and Transport Attractions

Ages: all ages

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

This nicely interactive experience brings the last 200 years of rail fully to life in one's mind, assisted in no small part by the atmosphere of one of the world's oldest railway towns, transporting passengers since 1825! The exhibits and facilities are pleasingly modern however, with an ever changing range of high class exhibits and galleries related to rail.

An adventure playground helps the kids blow off steam and get in some imagination play inspired by the surrounding grandeur. There's also a Tots and Trains session held in the Stobart Room from 10:30 to 12:00 every weekday during term time, where under 6s can enjoy games, jigsaws and dress up facilities. This is free too!

The Platform 7 cafe (it's name, not it's location) offers hot and cold refreshments but there's also a picnic area next to the adventure playground so you can bring your own lunch if you wish. There's also a well-stocked gift shop with options for both the casual tourist and the serious train-spotter, so be sure to bring your pocket money!


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • 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


The National Railway Museum at Shildon, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 1PQ, England


Click here to visit Locomotion's website
01388 771444

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Summer (From 25th March)
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Closed 24th - 26th December & 1st January


Free admission

More Information

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only

Parking facilities

Use the postcode DL4 2RE for the main car park.


Very disappointed

1 star Rating 1 / 5

Written by STARFIRE27 . 20.05.19

I'd heard good things about the Shildon Locomotion and was shocked by the appalling staff, boring layout, and overall lack of character the museum had. Not a fun day out for the family at all. The children's play area is no different than any council park in the country. We won't be visiting again and prefer York.

Lovely place, lots of trains

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by Kedikoko . 06.10.17

A nice visit out to view trains, let the little one play in the play area and a cafe for refreshments and all for free