Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

Early railway engine Locomotion No 1
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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum was first opened in 1975 and is housed within North Road Station, built in 1842 for the Stockton & Darlington Railway.
The Stockton & Darlington Railway was the first steam hauled public railway and was opened on September 27th 1825.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Transport heritage site, Archive

Opening hours

April - September
Tues - Sun 10.00 - 16.00
October - March
Wed - Sun 11.00 - 15.30
Mon - Tues CLOSED

Open most Bank Hoildays except Christmas and New Year but please telephone in advance of your visit to make sure we are open.

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and January 1st

Admission charges

Adults: £4.95
Children (6-16 years old): £3.00
Concessions: £3.75
Children aged 5 and under: free
Family Day Pass (2 adults and up to 4 children): £10

Single Annual Membership (unlimited visits per year): £10
Family Annual Membership (2 adults and up to 4 children): £15

Please note that on special event days, admission prices may vary.


  • Museums Association

Additional info

The Ken Hoole Study Centre is open to the public by appointment only.

April to September
Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10:30 to 3:30

Wednesday: 10:30 to 3:30

Thursday: 10:30 to 3:30

Friday: Closed

The Study Centre will be open on the third weekend of each month: (with effect from June 2009)

Saturday: 10:30 to 3:30

Sunday: 10:30 to 3:30

October to March
Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 11:00 to 3:00

Wednesday: 11:00 to 3:00

Thursday: 11:00 to 3:00

Friday: Closed

The Study Centre will be open on the third weekend of each month:

Saturday: 11:00 to 3:00

Sunday: 11:00 to 3:00

Study Centre appointments are available subject to staff training, holidays and illness.

The museum collection covers the railway of North-East England, with particular emphasis on the Darlington area. "Locomotion" (1825), hauled the inaugural train on the Stockton and Darlington Railway. Also on display are 'Derwent', 1463 and 901 (Q7). A range of smaller items including station and lineside signs, locomotive nameplates, lamps etc complements the larger exhibits.
The museums collection of documentary material can be viewed at the Ken Hoole Study Centre located within the museum.

Collection details

Archives, Industry, Land Transport

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum
North Road Station




General Enquiries



01325 405060

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.