Welcome to Hopetown Darlington

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Discover Darlington's story of engineering, ideas and invention

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  • OPEN DAILY 10:00-17:00
  • PRE-BOOKING RECOMMENDED
  • FREE TO ENTER
  • OPEN DAILY 10:00-17:00

What's On

BrickLab

Monday 29 July - Monday 26 August, 14:00 - 14:00

VISIT US

The Goods Shed

The Goods Shed

Housing a shop and cafe as well as a new digital media experience, this Grade II* listed building is the gateway to the site.

North Road Station Museum

North Road Station Museum

Explore the story of Darlington’s pioneering progression of rail transport in the early 19th century in a museum housed in a Grade II* listed Victorian station.

Wagon Woods

Wagon Woods

Encourage children's imaginations to run free at our railway-themed immersive outdoor adventure play park.

The Stores

The Stores

Located within the Carriage Works, explore our archive and discover artefacts and objects that aren't on permanent display.

Exhibition Hall

Exhibition Hall

Located within the Carriage Works, the Exhibitions Hall is where you can visit spectacular exhibitions and seasonal events: starting with Brick Journeys in 2024

Darlington Locomotive Works

Darlington Locomotive Works

Watch live engineering in action in the home of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. Come and see volunteers build the UK's newest steam locomotive, Prince of Wales.

North Road Locomotive Works

North Road Locomotive Works

Home to our partners Darlington Railway Preservation Society and North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group.

Skerne Bridge

Skerne Bridge

The oldest operating railway bridge in the world, Skerne Bridge is a testament to the history of engineering on the Stockton & Darlington Railway.

GROUP VISITS

Our group packages offer exciting and unforgettable memories. Join us for a visit like no other to discover Darlington's railway heritage.

STORIES

The Poster Boy of Hopetown Darlington

Darlington-based artist Jonny Lancaster is inspired by the vintage travel posters of the early to mid-twentieth century.

Black Diamond - an ice cream to top the Lemon Top?

With the help of suppliers Northern Bloc, we've designed our very own ice-cream which is exclusive to Hopetown Darlington.

Is it a bird, is it a plane? Is it a loco, is it a train?

Is it a locomotive or is it a train? There's a lot of terminology in the railway world so let us explain the difference between a train and a locomotive.

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