North Road Station Museum

Discover how ideas can change the world

Explore the story of Darlington’s pioneering progression of rail transport in the early 19th century. Experience the amazing stories of the people connected to this special place. Learn how ideas from the North-East helped launch a network of passenger railway routes across the country.

It’s a story that we are uniquely placed to tell, on the site of the world’s first steam-powered public railway - where a journey in 1825 changed the world forever.

Using hands-on exhibits and experiences, interactives and digital storytelling techniques that bring the railways to life, this new exhibition explores the influential lineage between railway innovation and advancement in society. Housed inside a Grade 2* listed Victorian railway station, it celebrates the past, present and future of rail travel and engineering brilliance.

Take a voyage of discovery and explore the world on track.

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