Plan your visit

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum is located in North Road Station on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway (see our History page), the world's first steam-worked public railway.

Imagine stepping back in time to Victorian Darlington, the town that became known as the Birthplace of the Railways. Venture into our original 1840’s 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. Journey through time and admire our four historic locomotives including our star attraction, Stephenson’s Locomotion No.1 (on loan from the National Railway Museum).

We have something for all the family. We have a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and events, a meeting room for conferences and lectures, and a children’s activity room for our young visitors to learn and play. The museum also has a dedicated research centre, The Ken Hoole Study Centre, which has an extensive collection of documentary material, photographs, plans, books and periodicals. 

We have a shop with souvenirs to suit all tastes and pockets and the Refreshment Stop provides hot and cold drinks and snacks.