We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Locomotion Shildon, Shildon, Bishop Auckland DL4 1PQ, England
+44 1388 777999
Review Highlights
Great place to visit for all railway enthusiasts

Really enjoyed visiting Locomotion at Shildon. Wide range of different locomotives and rolling... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kerikeri, New Zealand
via mobile
Helpful and friendly staff

Locomotion provides an overview of the exhibits but there are staff around who can provide more... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Crook, United Kingdom
Read all 800 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“free entry” (50 reviews)
“on display” (41 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Locomotion Shildon, Shildon, Bishop Auckland DL4 1PQ, England
+44 1388 777999
Write a Review
Reviews (800)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 796 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed visiting Locomotion at Shildon. Wide range of different locomotives and rolling stock, presented in a large and clean warehouse with copious notes on all exhibits giving details. Ideal for families with lots of hands on railway themed activities for youngsters. Free admission, though...More

Thank MartinPavey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Locomotion provides an overview of the exhibits but there are staff around who can provide more detail for those seeking more information. I lasted visited with my young family shortly after locomotion opened. I really enjoyed it then and wonder why I left it so...More

Thank CHodgsons
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Free parking free entry and a nice cafe. Kids will love it lots for them to do and see indoors and out.

Thank Lawrence o
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved looking round the old trains and rolling stock. Went back with the in laws and they also thought it was a great wee place to spend a morning. Well kept engines and shed.

Thank darth151
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK, it's name describes it I suppose, but there's only so much looking around at steam and other engines and rolling stock one can do. There's no access to any of the lovely carriages on display although there are some wooden platforms that visitors can...More

Thank Nothard2please46
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really would recommend this museum,both for railway enthusiasts and for families.An interesting day out and well worth the visit. Plenty of parking and there is a cafe for light refreshment, on site. Best of all is the 'Deltic', in its blue livery, with such distinctive...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Realy Interesting train museum.Our first visit, didn't know we liked trains until we went to Shildon.Realy opened our eyes to the history of train travel.the volunteer we spoke to was so informative and interesting to listen to. ,wellworth the donation.

Thank dawn B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I hadn't realised this museum existed and visited it when I found out. I was impressed with the simplicity and accessibility of the exhibits. Well worth the donation requested.there was also a cafe on site which we didn't use

Thank bell-ringer8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Part of the national rail museum this place was really good especially as it has extensive free parking and is free to enter. The exhibits were well labelled with lots of information. Cafe and shop and good access for disabled visitors.

Thank DINKEtravellers
Reviewed 16 June 2017

I visited on May Bank Holiday this year and there was a special railway fair on, with lots of stalls selling everything from model railway bits and pieces to antiques. There was a great selection of trains inside and out. The museum is really huge....More

Thank Victoria N
Nearby Restaurants
Spice Island
94 reviews
1.69 km away
1744 Restaurant at Redworth Hall Hotel
153 reviews
2.31 km away
George & Dragon
386 reviews
3.32 km away
Cafe Limone
134 reviews
1.47 km away
Nearby Attractions
Spa at Redworth Hall Hotel
244 reviews
2.35 km away
Rof 59
55 reviews
4.66 km away
Walworth Castle Birds of Prey
356 reviews
5.91 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
20 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
Response from Graham C | Reviewed this property |
Yes more than enough
Adele F
22 September 2016|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
Response from Ann B | Reviewed this property |
Mo S
17 January 2016|
AnswerShow all 15 answers
Response from hugh f | Reviewed this property |
Yes and a overflow carpark