See the world’s first steam-worked public railway

Darlington, North Yorkshire

The Darlington Head of Steam Museum provides a fascinating journey into the past, when steam ruled the railways.

The Head of Steam Museum is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, which was the world's first steam-worked public railway. A fine example of an early railway station, it opened as a museum as far back as 1843. Exhibits include Stephenson's 'Locomotion No. 1', built for the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, and 'Derwent', the earliest surviving Darlington built locomotive, which is on loan from The National Railway Museum Collection.

A range of smaller items including station and lineside signs, uniforms, furniture, tableware and paintings, complements the larger exhibits. The entrance hall and ticket office are restored in period style, enhanced by displays of items such as porters' barrows, luggage, posters and advertising signs.

To get there, take the train of course! North Road (Darlington) station, in northeast England, is just under 3 hours from London.

Content provided by This is Redcar & Cleveland

Read more Close

For more local tourist information:

Refine your search:

Child at the Head of Steam MuseumChild at the Head of Steam Museum © Darlington Borough Council

Customer survey …

VisitEngland would like to invite you to take part in a short survey about our website.

It should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Please click here to be taken to the survey


To add items to favourites …

… you need to be logged in.

If you already have an account, log in.

Or register a

Access your account

Enter your e-mail address or username.
Enter the password that accompanies your e-mail.
Forgot your password? Recover your account
Don't have an account? Register an account