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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

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History - Educational Day

There is plenty to see in this well laid out exhibition of railway memorabilia. Great rainy day... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Steven G
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Uvita, Costa Rica
Great museum..

Enjoyed all of it.. great exhibits.. very educational and entertaining.. loved it all.. good... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
Jb C
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West Boldon, United Kingdom
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Visit the place where railways were born! Home of Stephenson's Locomotion No 1 and other rare engines. Set in our original 1840's railway station follow the history of Darlington and the growth of the railways. We have a shop with souvenirs to suit...more
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Darlington Railway Museum Station Road, Darlington DL3 6ST, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

There is plenty to see in this well laid out exhibition of railway memorabilia. Great rainy day activity and a nnice look back at history with a Darlington link. We spent 2 hours there. .

Thank Steven G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I dont want to be negative and this place deserves to be better after all it is the home of railway engineering. But £5 for an adult ticket for an exhibition with three trains which barely takes 30 minutes to walk around. On the positive...More

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your visit and that it only took 30 minutes to look around the museum and read all the interpretation, which tells the history of the Stockton and Darlington Railway and the railway heritage of Darlington....More

Reviewed 11 October 2018

Enjoyed all of it.. great exhibits.. very educational and entertaining.. loved it all.. good coffee shop .. good parking

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum.

Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Found it very entertaining staff all very knowledable took time to explain things spent a coupe hours wandering around was a good couple hours spent worth a Visit if your kind of thing9/10 overall .

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum.

Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Went here again as there was the annual model railway show on, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered as one visit is probably quite enough. The museum is small, very small and considering Darlington's place in railway history it's a sad reflection of that history. That...More

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to the museum and the model railway event at the weekend. I will pass on your comments regarding the event to the model railway club and we will take on board your recommendations...More

Reviewed 31 August 2018

I've been a regular visitor here since it opened more than forty years ago, and called in the other week for the first time in more than a decade. And it remains a thoroughly decent, interesting, well-presented small museum. The historical importance of the large...More

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum.

Reviewed 28 August 2018

We very much enjoyed our visit to this museum, it is small but contains much interesting information about Steam history.

Thank Linda K
HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum.

Reviewed 26 August 2018

A lovely museum, full of good information for all ages and activities. It is only small but still takes a while to look at all the artefacts on the high walls and bridge. Our friends got married here and it was an excellent choice. The...More

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

Thank you for your review and your lovely comments about the venue and the wedding. We really enjoyed hosting the wedding and we're glad we could help make it a speacil day.

Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Great little place packed full of information. Well laid out with a bit of everything about Darlingtons part in making the UK arailway nation even down to the gents loos. Lots of hands on things to do. Good fun and all ages catered for

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

A must see, given that the railway is Darlington's greatest claim to fame. Engines on loan from the National Railway Museum include the original Locomotion Number 1. Plenty more exhibits, models and activities to interest young and old. It's not big, but is well filled,...More

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HeadofSteamMuseum, Manager at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum.

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DARREN J
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Response from calumwilson1306 |
Hello Darren Adult tickets are £4.95. Concessions and disabled tickets are £3.75 and carers get in free of charge, hope this helps! Best wishes Calum
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