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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.

Wylam Waggonway

A family enjoys a sunny day out

Cycling or walking along the Wylam Waggonway? Don't work too hard, perhaps there's time for a stop-off and refreshments at the tearoom. Pop in for hot and cold drinks as well as freshly baked cakes or a snack. 

 

George Stephenson

The hearth and bedroom of the room where George Stephenson was born

George Stephenson turned out to be quite a genius, but he had to start somewhere, and here at this house is where he could watch the waggons go by and later the trains. Right in front of the room where he and his whole family lived.

Stories to inspire...

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.

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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