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Head of Steam

Type:Museum

Station Road, Darlington, Tees Valley, DL3 6ST

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Head of Steam Museum is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first steam-worked public railway. The site encompasses three significant Stockton & Darlington Railway buildings of the 1830s/50s: North Road Passenger Station, the Goods Shed and Hopetown Carriage Works.

The museum is devoted to the area formerly served by the North Eastern Railway, with particular reference to the Stockton & Darlington Railway, and the railway industry of Darlington.

Exhibits include Stephenson's "Locomotion No. 1", built for the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, and "Derwent", the earliest surviving Darlington built locomotive, on loan from The National Railway Museum Collection. Locomotion is one of the oldest surviving steam engines in the world and the first ever steam train to carry fare paying passengers. 

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    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    By Car

    Easy to reach by car, train or bus, the museum is about 1 mile from Darlington town centre on the A167 and is well sign-posted from the town centre. There is a free car park on site.

    Public Transport Directions

    By Rail

    We are situated a couple of minutes from North Road Railway Station (on the Saltburn v Bishop Auckland line).  Contact the National Rail Enquiry Line on 08457 48 49 50 for full details of train times or visit the National Rail website.

    By Bus

    Buses run about every three minutes leaving from the town centre on High Row or about every ten minutes from Bank Top main railway station. Get off the bus at Station Road and follow the signs to the Museum (approximately a three minute walk).

    To check bus times and numbers contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit the Traveline website.

    Awards

    • Visit BritainWe're Good To Go We're Good To Go 2020

    Opening Times

    * April - September
    Monday - Closed
    Tuesday to Sunday: 10am-4pm

    October - March
    Monday to Tuesday: Closed
    Wednesday to Sunday : 11am-3:30pm

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