Planning a visitLocomotion

Travelling to the Museum

By car: From Junction 58 on the A1M take the A68 and the A6072 to Shildon. Locomotion is signposted, and is a 1/4 of a mile south east of Shildon Town Centre.

By rail: We are three minutes' walk from Shildon Station.

By bus: Service buses run from Durham, Bishop Auckland and Darlington.

On foot: Locomotion is a 10-minute walk from Shildon Town Centre.

How to book a visit

All group visits to the museum should be booked in advance. To make a booking or for more information about available workshops, please call 01904 809638 or email

To help plan your booked visit to Locomotion, please read through the following guides:

School information pack - Planning your visit

School information pack - The day of your visit

School visit risk assessment

Science Museum Group confirmation of insurance

Download these guides to help young visitors get the most out of their visit:

Object hunt

Object hunt (energy)

Object hunt (forces)

Object hunt (materials)

Supervision and code of conduct

For health and safety reasons, students must be accompanied and actively supervised at all times. Unsupervised students and/or poor behaviour can result in groups being asked to leave. As the Museum is a public place, we ask that all our visitors respect other visitors, Museum exhibits and Museum staff.

Groups must have the correct adult-to-student ratios: Early Years 1:4 Primary 1:8 and Secondary 1:10

Please ensure you have enough adults before you request your visit. Students arriving without accompanying adults will not be allowed into the Museum.

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Locomotion, Shildon, Dale Road Industrial Estate, Shildon, Co Durham, DL4 2RE

Opening Times
• Daily 10:00 to 17:00 (Summer: 28 Mar-Oct).
• Daily 10:00 to 16:00 (Winter: Oct-Apr).
• Closed 24–27 Dec and 1 Jan

Contact the Education team

To make a booking or to find out more information about what we offer, please contact Shirley Bell on 01904 685780 or email

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