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Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon gives you the chance to discover Durham’s role in the development of the railways and offers a great free day out. With more award-winning attractions nearby, why not stay a little longer and discover an extraordinary county.

Venture further into the Vale of Durham and uncover our history and heritage at nearby Auckland Castle, or head to Beamish – The Living Museum of the North. Visit Durham City and marvel at the awe-inspiring Durham Cathedral, recently voted the UK's Number One Landmark and Durham Castle – together forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the Durham Dales you can experience The Bowes Museum and Raby Castle, or simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery which provides a retreat into peace and tranquillity – perfect for walking and cycling. Don’t miss the perfect photo opportunity at High Force – one of England’s most spectacular waterfalls. And if you prefer coast to countryside head to the Durham Heritage coast where you can spot rare wildlife and stop off at the lively harbour town of Seaham with its cafes, heritage centre and marina.

Visit the official tourism website for information on places to stay, where to eat, maps, special offers and events happening across the county.

You can also visit any of Durham County Council's libraries to see information about events and things to do. Library staff will be happy to help you find activities which interest you.

Guided walks

Walking is a great way to experience Durham's beauty; Durham County Council’s Countryside Service organises a range of guided walks and events throughout the county, or find out more about walking and cycling opportunities.

Explore Shildon - the world's oldest railway town?

Have a walk in Shildon town centre and see sites connected to the town's railway history - pick up a Shildon Rail Trail from reception for more information on local historic walks.

Daniel Adamson Coach House
In the early 19th century railway lines ran through the heart Shildon. Daniel Adamson Coach House is believed by many to have been Shildon's first purpose built railway passenger terminus. Originally the front and back arches were open and they have since been walled up. Once used as a farm house the building is now in community use.

St John's Parish Church and Timothy Hackworth's Grave
St John's at the end of Main Street was opened on Sunday, 29th June, 1834. The original Gothic church consisted of a chancel, nave and square tower containing two bells. The church was rebuilt in 1882 with extension completed in 1902. Timothy Hackworth died on the 7th of July 1850, aged 63 years - his grave can be seen in St John's church yard on the main path in and out of the churchyard off Church Street.

Timothy Hackworth Statue and Bandstand
Built to pay tribute to Shildon's railway heritage the statue of Timothy Hackworth and bandstand was made by Graham Ibbeson in 1998.

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NRM Shildon, "Locomotion", Shildon, Co Durham, DL4 1PQ


Opening Times
• Daily 10:00 to 16:00 (Winter: now until 1 Apr)
• Daily 10:00 to 17:00 (Summer: 2 Apr - 1 Oct)
• Closed 24–27 Dec and 1 Jan

Where to stay

Visit Lomotion: Shildon - What else is there to do in Durham

For information on a range of accommodation throughout the County, from camping to luxury hotels, visit the official tourism website for Durham.

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