Head of Steam

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum is located on the original 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first steam-worked public railway. 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.

Imagine stepping back in time to Victorian Darlington, the town that became known as the Birthplace of the Modern Railway. Venture into our original 1840s railway station where time has stood still for over one hundred and fifty years. Discover our Booking Office with its original Victorian interior. Explore our platform that still has its original footbridge, waiting room, newspaper kiosk and Victorian toilets. Follow the history of Darlington and the growth of the Railways through our permanent exhibitions and interactives.

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum has something for all the family! We have a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and events, a meeting room for conferences and lectures, and children’s activities throughout the museum for young children to learn and play. We have a shop with souvenirs to suit all tastes and pockets and the Refreshment Stop provides hot and cold drinks and snacks.


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We've got our Dementia Cafe on Wednesday at 11am for an hour of friendly chat and a cuppa. Our Dementia Cafe is free to attend and includes entry to the museum - we look forward to seeing you! #dementia #alzheimerssociety #dementiaactionweek2022 #lovedarlo
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16 May 2022 @08:58
Fantastic news! 🥳 We've been awarded £300k from @ace_national towards state of the art virtual reality experiences and digital interpretation to help bring history to life at the new museum site due to open in Summer 2024. #Darlington #museums #LoveDarlo https://t.co/FXz6hw3Xcd
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11 May 2022 @05:21
We have the new style Thomas and Friends engines in the museum shop. Love 💙them or hate ❌them Thomas is always popular with our younger visitors! 🚂 #ThomasandFriends #museumretail #museumshop #thomasthetankengine https://t.co/6XtPYAFfG6
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07 May 2022 @09:18
👑 @DarlingtonHipp royally welcomes you for three special tours celebrating the history of the theatre, followed by a regal cream tea fit for a queen 🎭 The heritage tours will take place on 30th May, 31st May and 1st June at 1pm Tickets ➡️ https://t.co/DwyX56Bsif | #LoveDarlo https://t.co/a7qE8FWl4m
16 May 2022 @16:00
🍄 Level Up! 🕹️ Gamers World on King Street has reopened following a refurbishment 🍿 They offer game time on the latest consoles, as well as hot food, drinks and snacks ℹ️ Visit their Facebook page to find out more Details ➡️ https://t.co/fQX2PutFEg | #LoveDarlo https://t.co/a5mCTjeFoX
16 May 2022 @13:00
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16 May 2022 @09:54
RT @QueenStreetShop: Have you seen our Jubilee bunting yet? We can't wait to celebrate the extended bank holiday in June! Are you planning…
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