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.
St John's Church 3.2 miles One of the earliest surviving churches in Britain.
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.
Hamsterley Forest 4.9 miles A great place for countryside walks and activities.
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)