Facilities and accessLocomotion

We aim to provide a friendly, accessible environment for all our visitors and the widest possible access to our buildings, exhibitions and collections. If you have a question or comment about access, please call 01904 685780.

Café Number One

The café offers a variety of hot and cold drinks, light bites, sandwiches, snacks and cakes.

Play/picnic area

Youngsters will love our outdoor play area. Enjoy a packed lunch at our indoor and outdoor picnic tables.

Gift shop

There's something for everyone in our gift shop, which offers a wide range of souvenirs and gifts. For railway enthusiasts, there's a comprehensive selection of videos and books. Younger visitors will enjoy browsing through our wide range of Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise, including Take Along Thomas trains, playsets and accessories. Mail order is available: please contact the shop on 01388 771439 for further information.

Accessible travel

Free parking spaces are available at a designated car park beside the Collection building. Free car parking on site. Disabled car parking close to entrance and exit.

The Museum is fully wheelchair accessible, however it is a partially open-air site and occasionally it may be necessary to use outdoor footpaths up to 1km in length in order to access all of our buildings.

Accessible facilities

Emergency exits use symbols to aid reading by the visually impaired.

Wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities in all areas are equipped with handrails and emergency cords. We have a limited number of wheelchairs available to hire. To pre-book call 01904 685780. Baby changing facilities are located within the unisex disabled toilet, suitable for both fathers and mothers.


Sorry, no dogs allowed except support dogs.

Admissions guidelines

Click here to download our admissions guidelines, with information about photography, restricted items and more.

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Locomotion, Shildon, Co Durham, DL4 2RE

Opening Times
10am - 4pm in winter (October-March)
10am - 5pm in summer (28 March -October)
Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan

Where to stay

For information on a range of accommodation throughout the County, from camping to luxury hotels, visit the official tourism website for County Durham.

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