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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.
George Stephenson's Monument, 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
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
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).