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Birthplace of the world-famous railway engineer

Discover the humble birthplace of great railway pioneer, George Stephenson, whose entire family lived in just one room. Our costumed guide tells the story of how challenging life was for mining families, like George’s, that once crammed into this now charming little stone cottage, nestled in a pretty garden near the river Tyne.

Refreshment stop

Moist homemade fruit cake at George Stephenson's birthplace

Cycling or walking along the Wylam Waggonway from Thursday to Sunday? Then, make a timely stop for refreshments at the tearoom and pop in for hot and cold drinks, freshly baked cakes and snacks.  Open from 11am until 5pm.

 

One family, one room

Imagine the birthplace when George was just a lad

The Museum is a small and simple room that was home to George's whole family. Brought to life by our costumed and enthusiastic guides, let them inspire you with their stories of George's life.

Inspirational visit

Discover the art of proggy mat making at George Stephenson's birthplace

A visit to the cottage can inspire people in different ways.  Come and see the handmade Rocket clippy mat and intricate detail on the miniature model of the cottage made by a visitor from Devon after his visit in 2011.

Love Stephenson? Take a Tyneside tour

George Stephenson's journey began in this little Wylam cottage, but you can find more clues to his life and work around Newcastle. See right for a few, but this trail leaflet focusing on his son, Robert contains more.

George Stephenson's Monument, Newcastle

Why not check out the monument to George Stephenson in Newcastle? © National Trust / George Stephenson's birthplace

Why not check out the monument to George Stephenson in Newcastle?

If you've ever walked from Newcastle city centre to the railway station you've probably passed this fantastic bronze statue. It's now back to its original bronze best after 150 years of dirt and grime were removed in conservation work this year. Definitely worth a visit.

Dial Cottage, Westmoor near Killingworth

George Stephenson's home during his later life where son Robert was raised © Killingworth Township 1966

George Stephenson's home during his later life where son Robert was raised

You can still see the cottage where George Stephenson lived from 1804 when he worked as a brakesman at Killingworth pit. Dial Cottage in Westmoor is also where his equally talented son Robert grew up. It is privately owned but can be seen from the road and opens to the public once or twice a year.

Stephenson Railway Museum, North Shields

You can see the early locamotive 'Billy' at Stephenson Railway Museum © Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

You can see the early locamotive 'Billy' at Stephenson Railway Museum

This museum is home to historic railway exhibits from the early days of steam railway, including 'Billy', the oldest existing Stephenson locomotive (not to be confused with Puffing Billy).

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