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This is a small museum and as such they appear to try harder to make you enjoy your visit. The was not a good start, I looked at a map the night before, so knew where it was but took 1 hour longer tha... more »
Thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The displays were great and the explanations were fulsome and interesting. Nice wee cafe as well and the staff were the friendliest. more »
Advertised as open all year round all we found to be open was the main collection hall. The welcome building and other points of interest nearer the entrance were all closed with no explanation. The m... more »
Free to get in. Not huge, but interesting and great for the kids too. There usually some dress up or other activities possible. Good play Park outside too.
If you've been to the National Railway Museum in York then you've only seen part of the collection. Although not as big as York there are certainly more locomotives to see. Don't know if they have experts on the footplates of locomotives every day at Sheldon but I was impressed with their knowledge and passion for the subject.
It's okay. Not as good as it's Yorkshire cousin but closer for us proper northerners. Also, went when there was a pretty baller lego exhibition on.
Ok if you are in the area. Easily gotten around in 60 minutes. Not as vast as York
We regularly visit the main NRM in York, but this was our first visit to Shildon as we were passing nearby. Only time for a brief look around, but entry and parking were both FREE so still worth a visit. Model railway was not running which was a shame, and locos felt more cramped than in York due to layout of the building. Also a big shop selling model train products makes it worth a visit for modelling enthusiasts.
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