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Shildon, located 2 miles south of Bishop Auckland, 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 its workshops here in 1826.

Today the town's connection with the birth of the railways is commemorated by 'Locomotion' - The National Railway Museum.

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.
Shildon Weather
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