Welcome to Hopetown Darlington

OPENING TUESDAY 16 JULY

Discover Darlington's story of engineering, ideas and invention

  • THE NORTH'S NEW VISITOR ATTRACTION
  • OPENING TUESDAY 16 JULY
  • FREE TO ENTER
  • BOOK FREE SITE ADMISSION
  • THE NORTH'S NEW VISITOR ATTRACTION
  • OPENING TUESDAY 16 JULY
  • FREE TO ENTER
  • BOOK FREE SITE ADMISSION

What's On

Brick Journeys

Tuesday 16 July - Sunday 6 October, 10:15 - 16:00

BrickLab

Monday 22 July - Monday 26 August, 10:30 - 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.

Wagon Woods

Wagon Woods

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

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.

The Carriage Works

The Carriage Works

Visit the Brick Journeys exhibition in the Exhibition Hall or explore our vast collection of over 30,000 railway objects in The Stores.

The Stores

The Stores

Explore our archive and discover artefacts and objects that aren't on permanent display.

Exhibition Hall

Exhibition Hall

The state-of-the-art exhibitions hall where you can visit spectacular exhibitions and seasonal events. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.

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.

Skerne Bridge

Skerne Bridge

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

North Road Locomotive Works

North Road Locomotive Works

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

Lime Cells

Lime Cells

A rare example of an early railway structure, the Lime Cells are one of the earliest known railway-associated buildings in England.

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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