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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Saltburn Miniature Railway

Saltburn Valley Gardens, bottom of Saltburn Bank, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland, TS12.
Tel: 07813 153 975.

  • 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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Newbiggin Maritime Centre

Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland, NE64 6DB.
Tel: 01670 811 951.

  • Car Park
  • 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…

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NRM Shildon

NRM Shildon

Locomotion, Shildon, Durham, DL4 2RE.
Tel: 01388 777 999.

  • 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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National Museum Royal Navy Hartlepool

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

  • Car Park
  • 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…

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Monkwearmouth Station Museum

North Bridge Street, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 1AP.
Tel: 0191 567 7075.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The museum is housed in an outstanding Grade 2* Listed 1840s station building commissioned by the famous railway entrepreneur George Hudson. The magnificent…

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