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Hopetown Darlington - Opening Summer 2024

Hopetown Darlington
Station Road

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Tel: 01325 405060

Celebrating and promoting Darlington’s internationally significant railway heritage – explore North Road Station Museum (formerly the Head of Steam Darlington Railway Museum) to discover the history of Stockton & Darlington Railway (S&DR) through traditional and brand-new immersive interpretations. During your visit you will interact with historic figures including George Stephenson, Lucy Milner, and Joseph Pease. A new feature in the Museum is Experiment! the railway-themed time travel immersive experience ride exploring Darlington’s influence on railways around the world from 1825 into the future.

We have an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events all year round in The Carriage Works – there’s always something for everyone to see! Make sure to pop into The Stores to interact with items and objects relating to the S&DR and local railway heritage not on display in the museum. The collection in The Stores is frequently rotated so you are guaranteed to see something new every time you visit.

Have you ever wanted to see how a locomotive is built? Well… now you can. A visit to the viewing gallery in Darlington Locomotive Works lets you view live engineering in action. Here you will see volunteers building the UKs newest steam locomotive Prince of Wales and performing maintenance of other historic locomotives and carriages – including Tornado.

Children’s imaginations can run wild in Wagon Woods, our new outdoor adventure play park based on the Brusselton Incline. Exciting features include walkways, bridges, slides, a multi-level play structure and lots of railway themed features.

There’s a vast selection of gifts and souvenirs to suit all in Hopetown Goods and Gifts, and a wide selection of hot and cold food and drinks in Clocktower Café, both located in the Goods Shed. Make sure to look up in the café to see our live model railway. Oh, and don’t forget to try the signature Black Diamon ice cream!


*A small number of elements of the site have an entry fee.


We welcome all visitors to Tees Valley Museums and aim to do everything we can to make access easy for everybody. Click here for more access information

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