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Attractions in North East

There's a bit less to choose from in the North East but lack of quantity is made up for by quality. This is the birthplace of railways and the Stephensons and there's a lot to see including the exciting Locomotion museum at Shildon. Here too is the unique Bowes Railway, which must have been frightening when in regular operation. Pumping stations and mining museums add to the variety.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions across the North East including Cleveland, Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear.

Washington ‘F’ Pit Museum

Albany Way, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE37 1BJ.

Step back in time and remember the region's coal mining heritage. See the impressive winding engine which once took pit men to the coalface and brought…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre

Nr Heatherslaw, Ford, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, TD12 4TR.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The farm is set in a beautiful part of North Northumberland with breathtaking views as far as the Eildon Hills. Learn about the history of the heavy horse…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Heatherslaw Corn Mill

Ford Forge, Heatherslaw, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, TD12 4TJ.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

On the banks of the River Till, this is the only working watermill in Northumberland. Powered by a 16ft waterwheel, with history of over 700 years of milling…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Souter Lighthouse & The Leas

Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR6 7NH.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Hooped in red & white and standing proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear. Souter was the first lighthouse in the world designed and…

Transport / Maritime

Aln Valley Railway

Lionheart Station, Lionheart Enterprise Park, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2EZ.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The project is an ambitious plan to reopen the branch line from Alnmouth to Alnwick, the old county town of Northumberland and the ancestral home of the…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Locomotion

Dale Road Industrial Estate, Shildon, Co. Durham, DL4 2RE.
Tel: 01904 685 780.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

70 railway heritage vehicles from the National Collection. Discover more about Shildon's role as the world's first railway town and the life of railway…

Railways / Railway Museum

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS18 3RH.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Nestled alongside the River Tees, Preston Hall, a former Georgian gentleman’s residence and former home of industrial magnate Robert Ropner, houses a…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Beamish Museum

Beamish, Nr Stanley, Co. Durham, DH9 0RG.
Tel: 0191 370 4000.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, and discover what life was like in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times.

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Newbiggin Maritime Centre

Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland, NE64 6DB.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Celebrates the rich maritime heritage of a historic fishing village and Northumberland's coastline. Discover life in a historic fishing village. Discover…

Transport / Maritime

Chain Bridge Honey Farm

Horncliffe, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2XT.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

An extensive collection of vintage vehicles, from Caterpillars to rare Lanz Bulldog tractors and a restored ERF lorry. In the summer, visitors can take…

Transport / Road

Tees Cottage Pumping Station

Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL3 8TF.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Illustrates the history of water supply, featuring a Teesdale compound rotative beam engine and Hornsby gas engine preserved in a waterworks dating from…

Other Sites of Interest / Stationary Steam

The Heritage Centre

Station Yard, Woodburn Road, Bellingham, Northumberland, NE48 2DG.
Tel: 01434 220 050.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Collection of artefacts, photographs and models relating to the Border Counties Railway (submerged under Kielder Water). Recreated 1920s photographer’s…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Path Head Water Mill

Summerhill, Blaydon on Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE21 4SP.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Full disabled access

Working mill museum with restored and operational waterwheel.

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Lakeshore Railroad

South Marine Park, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 2NN.
Tel: 07745 350 983.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments

Curently the only public, steam working 9 1/2 inch gauge railway in the UK, Lakeshore Railroad was first opened in 1972. Running for just under a third…

Railways / Miniature Railways

Heatherslaw Light Railway

Ford Forge, Heatherslaw, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, TD12 4TJ.
Tel: 01890 820 317.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

15in. gauge steam operated railway running for 2.25 miles along the banks of the River Till to Etal Castle, giving stunning views of the Northumberland…

Railways / Miniature Railways

National Museum Royal Navy Hartlepool

Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS24 0XZ.
Tel: 01429 860 077.

  • Parking
  • Full disabled access

Historic ships HMS ‘Trincomalee’ and PS ‘Wingfield Castle’ (one of the two Humber ferries) in historic quay setting. A variety of locally built…

Transport / Maritime

Zetland Lifeboat Museum & Redcar Heritage Centre

The Esplanade, Redcar, Cleveland, TS10 3AH.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The Zetland is the oldest surviving lifeboat in the world and is listed within the National Historic Ship Register as part of the Nations Historic Fleet…

Transport / Maritime

Wylam Railway Museum

Falcon Centre, Falcon Terrace, Wylam, Northumberland, NE41 8EE.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Displays focus on the importance of Wylam and its several local railway pioneers, including George Stephenson, Timothy Hackworth and William Hedley, whose…

Railways / Railway Museum

Woodhorn

Northumberland Museum & Archives, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF.
Tel: 01670 624 455.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Original pit buildings now house interpretive displays showing the development of coal mining and what life was like for the miners and their families.…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Tanfield Railway

Marley Hill Station, Old Marley Hill, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 5ET.
Tel: 07508 092 365.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Standard gauge railway runs for three miles from Marley Hill to Causey Arch Countryside Park. Oldest existing railway in the world, having first opened…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Seaton Delaval Hall

The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, NE26 4QR.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Collection of horse-drawn carriages and agricultural wagons displayed in the coach house.

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

Saltburn’s Inclined Tramway

Marine Parade, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Tees Valley, TS12 1DP.

  • Full disabled access

Opened in 1884, this is the oldest water balanced cliff lift in Britain. 120ft lift on 207ft track.

Railways / Cliff Railway

North East Land, Sea & Air Museums

Old Washington Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR5 3HZ.
Tel: 0191 519 0662.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Two museums together: The North East Aircraft Museum which has over 30 aircraft including an Avro Vulcan bomber and a Lightning fighter. Extensive collection…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Tees Transporter Bridge

Ferry Road, Middlesbrough, Tees Valley, TS2 1PL.

  • Parking

It is the longest working transporter bridge in the world and an iconic symbol of Teesside's engineering and industrial heritage.

Transport / Road

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