Come and check out the website for up to date public programmes. Undergoing exciting developments to bring our activities in line with the Science Museum Groups mission to inspire next generations of inventors, scientists and engineers. Check out this link to book your free tickets. Throughout the year an inspiring and engaging schedule of special exhibitions and events will be offered, take a look here to see what’s on. See engines at work, see engines in the huge engine shed, check out the cafe and gift shop. There is also an outdoor playground and interactive learning stations throughout the museum.

Plan a really immersive and educational trip here , making this museum ideal for school trips, engineering and history enthusiasts. Click here for accessibility information. There are quieter times to visit (generally later in the day) and ear defenders are available to borrow from the main desk. 


If you are visiting with a family or young children, please do click here, as well as great advice they have a treasure hunting app! 


Q How do you get there without a car?

All main rail links will go to Darlington, this is your nearest 'large station' from there, you can get a train to Bishop Auckland, and then a bus/taxi from Bishop Auckland to Shildon (about 15 minutes as the crow flies).

Q Is there free parking?

There is! The car park is just up a slope from the main entrance, usually plenty of space, quite large.

Q Is it wheelchair accessible?

The museum has a gravel carpark and although located down a sloped, short road, once you get in (level and wide doorways) is very open plan and flat inside. The site is partly open air, meaning some attractions are outside and to access everything there is about 1km of pathway to see everything. There are steps up to a lot of the trains/carriages, these are only accessed via steps.

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