Attraction closed


3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)
  • Shildon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Museums and Art Galleries, Railway and Transport Attractions

Attraction closed

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, Locomotion is currently closed to the public, however the gardens are still open. We'll keep this updated with news of when it might be open again, but always recommend to check before you travel.

Don't worry - you can find lots more great days out in Shildon, or you can browse days out all over the UK here.

Attraction Information

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!

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

Travel & Contact Information


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

Phone number

01388 771444



Click here to visit Locomotion's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

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

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

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Locomotion is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Locomotion have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Assistance/Guide Dogs only


Very disappointed 1 out of 5 stars

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 out of 5 stars

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

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