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Shildon is located two miles south of Bishop Auckland, and is considered to be the 'Cradle of the Railways'.

In 1825 the world's first passenger rail journey took place along the Stockton and Darlington Railway between Shildon and Stockton-on-Tees, via Darlington.

The town grew rapidly when the Stockton and Darlington Railway established it's workshops here in 1826.

Today Shildon's connection with the birth of the railways is commemorated by 'Locomotion' - The National Railway Museum which has become a popular tourist attraction and is probably the main reason for visiting.

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Tourist Attractions in and near Shildon to Visit



St John's Church 3.2 miles One of the earliest surviving churches in Britain.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Auckland Castle 2.4 miles Principal country residence of the Bishops of Durham since Norman times and is the official residence of the present day Bishops.



Locomotion - The National Railway Museum A great railway museum.

Bishop Auckland Discovery Centre 2.5 miles Find out about the history of the town.

Binchester Roman Fort 3.1 miles Discover the local Roman history.


Out & About

Hamsterley Forest 4.9 miles A great place for countryside walks and activities.


Theatres, Cinemas and Venues

Bishop Auckland Town Hall 2.5 miles A restored building with an arts centre.

New Victoria Centre 5.9 miles Home of the "Mighty Wulitzer"

Towns Near Shildon To Visit - straight line distance:

Bishop Auckland (1.90 miles) Ferryhill (5.63 miles) Crook (6.88 miles) Darlington (8.33 miles)
How to get to Shildon
Shildon, take the B6282 south from Bishop Auckland, or the A6072 from Newton Aycliffe.
Nearby Hotels
Premier Inn Bishop Auckland
West Auckland Road Bishop Auckland DL14 9AP
1.5 miles

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Park Head Country Hotel
13 Park View Terrace Bishop Auckland DL14 8QB
2.0 miles

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Redworth Hall Hotel - The Hotel Collection
Redworth Newton Aycliffe DL5 6NL
2.2 miles

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
The Castle Bar Hotel
41 The Market Place Bishop Auckland DL14 7PB
2.5 miles

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Shildon Weather
Saturday 18th April
Day :Sunny skies12°C Sunny skies
Night :Overcast skies3°C Overcast skies
Sunday 19th April
Day :Patchy light drizzle11°C Patchy light drizzle
Night :Overcast skies5°C Overcast skies
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