Indoor & Outdoor Museum Free Outdoor Fun


Locomotion, Dale Road Industrial Estate, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 2RE
0800 047 8124
Average time spent - 2 hours
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Things to do at Locomotion review

Locomotion is situated in the world’s first railway town, Shildon which is around a 20 minute drive from Durham City. There’s a massive free car park a short walk away from the main building and the building and grounds are very wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

Locomotion is home to more than 70 rail vehicles from the national collection, including favourites such as Sans Pareil, APT-E and Deltic prototype. Visitors can get up close to the trains, peer inside the carriages and even take a short journey on a train on certain dates during the year. The museum itself filled with an array of over 1,000 items from the last 300 years of railway history including real locomotives, art work and railway memorabilia.

On some dates throughout the year visitors can take a short journey on a train ( there is an additional cost for this) along the railway line. The gift shop at Locomotion is always stocked with fab train-related goodies. You can buy Hornby and locomotive and carriage models from Bachmann, wooden Brio for young railway enthusiasts.

Locomotion is always a fun way to spend a few hours even on a rainy day. It always seems very child focused and there are often activities in place for children around the museum, there’s a small area with soft play blocks for younger children and usually a trail to follow for older ones. Outdoors, there is a small wooden play area in the shape of a train and some swings.

Locomotion is like a smaller, more intimate version of The National Railway Museum in York and a lovely way to spend an afternoon. If you can visit during warmer weather, you could probably make a day of it.

Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.

FAQ and Further Information Locomotion

Is there food and drink available?

The Platform 7 cafe is within the main building and serves a small range of food such as soup and a bun and sandwiches. There are also picnic tables and a grassed area for picnics outside.

What are the main things to do?

Children’s outdoor play area, picnic area, regular demonstrations and exhibitions, small preschool play area inside, occasional train rides ( extra cost), railway sidewalk. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE – Entry to Locomotion is free but a minimum donation of £3 per adult is recommended.

Is there parking?

There is free parking.

When are they open?

Locomotion is currently open Wednesday through to Sunday. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Dog friendly?

No information has been provided.

Are they accessible?

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