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.

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NRM Shildon

NRM Shildon

Locomotion, Shildon, Durham, DL4 2RE.
Tel: 01904 685 780.

  • Car Park
  • 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…

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Tanfield Railway

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

  • Car Park
  • 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…

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Washington ‘F’ Pit Museum

Albany Way, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE37 1BJ.
Tel: 0191 ​553 ​2323.

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…

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Aln Valley Railway

Lionheart Station, Lionheart Enterprise Park, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2EZ.
Tel: 0300 030 3311.

  • Car Park
  • 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…

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Saltburn Miniature Railway

Saltburn Valley Gardens, bottom of Saltburn Bank, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland, TS12.
Tel: 01287 622 712.

  • Car Park
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

One of the country's famous 15in. gauge railways.

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Ryhope Engines Museum

Waterworks Road, Ryhope, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR2 0ND.
Tel: 0191 521 0235.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Illustrates aspects of water pumping. The two original Hawthorn beam engines of 1868, designed by Thomas Hawksley, have been restored and are steamed at…

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Woodhorn

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

  • Car Park
  • 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.…

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Wylam Railway Museum

Falcon Centre, Falcon Terrace, Wylam, Northumberland, NE41 8EE.
Tel: 01661 852 498.

  • Car Park
  • 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…

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Zetland Lifeboat Museum & Redcar Heritage Centre

The Esplanade, Redcar, Cleveland, TS10 3AH.
Tel: 01642 494 311.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The museum houses the World’s oldest lifeboat, ‘The Zetland’, built 1802. Exhibits include replica fisherman’s cottage and a gallery of model ships…

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Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS18 3RH.
Tel: 01642 527 375.

  • Car Park
  • 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…

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Path Head Water Mill

Summerhill, Blaydon on Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE21 4SP.
Tel: 0191 414 6288.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Full disabled access

Working mill museum with restored and operational waterwheel.

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North East Land, Sea & Air Museums

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

  • Car Park
  • 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…

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