Things to see and do at George Stephenson's Birthplace

Runners on the Wylam Waggonway,George Stephenson's Birthplace

From getting back to nature to enjoying a tempting treat in our tea-room or uncovering the life of the world famous railway engineer we've lots to suit every visitors to our special place.

Cosy little café and tea room

Whether you're enjoying a riverside walk, exploring the area or out for a family cycle ride along the wagonway, George Stephenson's café is the perfect place to stop off for a tasty treat, hot or cold drinks and snacks.

The father of modern railways

Uncover this Tyne Valley hidden gem and discover how a world famous railway pioneer began life in a humble miner's cottage. Our fascinating collection of Stephenson memorabilia and contemporary furnishings are on display in the tiny room his whole family lived, ate and slept in.

Wander along the Wylam wagon way

Wander or cycle along one of Tyneside's first wagon ways. It linked Wylam colliery with the coal staithes downstream. In the 18th-century the wagons were drawn by horses but these were replaced in 1815 by two steam locomotives, Wylam Dilly and Puffing Billy. This is now part of Hadrian's Way National Trail.

Celebrating Geordie culture

George Stephenson may be a true North East icon today but he grew up like thousands of other working class lads in the region at the end of the 18th-century. Come and discover traditional North East working class craft and food on special event days.

Step back to 1781

Our costumed guides will offer you a lively tour of the tiny room in which George Stephenson was born and grew up. Can your children spot the differences between the life of a humble Georgian mining family and their own?

Get close to nature

The cottage may once have been on the edge of industrial Tyneside but it's now a tranquil oasis surrounded by meadows, chalk grassland, woodland and riverside. The bustling Tyne Riverside Park is just a short walk away.

Don't miss

  • Step back into 1781, the year of Stephenson’s birth
  • Tread on the same flagstones as young George
  • Learn about the pioneering steam locomotive The Rocket
  • Pop in for a snack as you cycle along the old Wylam wagon way
  • Wander down to a tranquil stretch of the river Tyne
  • Fascinating working class collection, from copper pots to proggy mats