Planning a visitLocomotion

Travelling to the Museum

By car: From Junction 58 on the A1M take the A68 and the A6072 to Shildon. Locomotion is signposted, and is a 1/4 of a mile south east of Shildon Town Centre.

By rail: We are three minutes walk from Shildon Station.

By bus: Service buses run from Durham, Bishop Auckland and Darlington.

On foot: Locomotion is a 10 minute walk from Shildon Town Centre.

Goody bags

Our Locomotion goody bags are perfect for all children and are a great way to remember a visit. All items in the bag are Locomotion branded. Items include a notepad, pencil, eraser and train driver bug. Simply collect and pay (£3 per bag) on the day of your visit - but please order them at least 1 week in advance. We can accept cash, card or cheque (made payable to Science Museum Group). Email for more information.

Risk Assessments

Part of planning any successful trip is carrying out a careful risk assessment first. Locomotion's school visit Risk assessment can be downloaded here. This does not replace any statutory risk assessments you are required to complete by your school or LEA. It is for guidance only.

Where to stay in Shildon

For information on a range of accommodation throughout County Durham, from camping to luxury hotels, visit the official tourism website for County Durham. You can also find out what else is going on in the county, and learn about the area's history and heritage.

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Locomotion Shildon, Dale Road Industrial Estate, Shildon, Co Durham, DL4 2RE

Opening Times
• Daily 10:00 to 17:00 (Summer: 28 Mar-Oct).
• Daily 10:00 to 16:00 (Winter: Oct-Apr).
• Closed 24–27 Dec and 1 Jan

Contact the Education team

To make a booking or to find out more information about what we offer, please contact Simon Smalley on 01904 685786 or email

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